Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hidden troubleshooting feature of Windows 7 Windows Troubleshooting Platform WTP

Until I opened the article from the Microsoft website, I was unaware of the rocking feature of the Windows 7’s built-in Windows Troubleshooting Platform (WTP). It combines the support for the typical users and brings the troubleshooting into a single user interface. You can see some of the troubleshooting packs designed in Windows 7 to help fix common issues like Hardware and Sound issues, Network and Internet connectivity etc. You can get them from the Control Panel by searching as “Troubleshooting”. Earlier, troubleshooting the Software and the Hardware is a manual process. Now, you can make it simple by using the WTP and you can automate the process by fixing the most common detectable issues that can be encountered using your Hardware and the Software.

Even if you can package and troubleshoot the packs manually, it is required to consider using the Windows Troubleshooting Pack Designer tool as it is included in the Windows SDK. Moreover, the tool is able to create a catalog for the Troubleshooting pack, signs the pack and creates the cabinet file that you can use to distribute the pack. An additional information about this; the tool has been introduced first in the Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and it is installed a part of the Win32 Tools package and it can be easily found on disk in the default folder location of %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0\Bin\TSPDesigner.