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Advanced Diagnostic Tools in Windows 7

Computer Management

You can access the Computer Management console through Control Panel (click System and Security, click Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management), but the easiest way to get to it is by right-clicking the Computer link in the Start menu and selecting Manage, as shown in Figure 14-13.

Figure 14-13

Figure 14-13 Accessing the Computer Management console

From the Computer Management window, shown in Figure 14-14, you can view and control System Tools such as Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Performance, Device Manager, and the Disk Management storage tool.

Figure 14-14

Figure 14-14 The Computer Management console

When you click Disk Management, the pane in Figure 14-15 appears. Here you can view all the fixed and removable drives in your PC and find problems with them. For example, you might see that a disk isn’t being recognized or is being reported as unformatted.

Figure 14-15

Figure 14-15 Disk Management console

As I have said, the Computer Management Console is a good and centralized place for finding the tools that come with Windows that can be used for repairing problems with the operating system and your hardware.