One Click Repairs For XP

After my article on a one click repair tool for Vista and Windows 7, some readers asked if there is an equivalent for XP.

Viruses are a common cause of trouble as they often disable common Windows system and web browser components – and removing the virus does not enable those features again, leaving behind a system which is virus free but partly crippled.

Other problems can occur due to poorly written software or a computer crash. Many of the most common Windows issues can be fixed by advanced repairs such as editing the registry, re-registering DLL files, tweaking settings and restoring components to their original state.

If all that sounds a little daunting, a useful alternative is to make such fixes with a single utility program – offering ‘one click’ repairs for many common Windows problems.

I reviewed such a tool last year (here) in the form of SUPERAntiSpyware (SAS) – the popular malware removal program which also includes 27 of the most common system and web browser repairs. However, the XP Quick Fix Plus utility covers more repairs (40 in total).

Note: It is highly advisable to run the System File Checker (which I discussed in more detail here) and also to create a system restore point before applying any of the fixes.

XP Quick Fix Plus is a tiny and free portable (no installation required) application to repair and fix common XP annoyances and issues. It works on XP only – it will not work with Vista and Windows 7 (see the link at the top of this article for a similar utility that does).

  • Quick Fix Plus can be downloaded from here as a zip file (some of the download locations may be out of date but the first one, at Softworld, worked today)
  • Extract (unzip) the file to a folder (XPQuickFixPlus)
  • In that folder there will be 2 programs: the main program is called lfx.exe which has 40 fixes and a standard graphical user interface – unless you have a specific need (and know what you are doing) you should ignore/delete the other program called qfc.exe (it is a command line utility with only 6 fixes)
  • Run the lfx.exe program to begin – the 40 repairs and fixes are displayed in a tiled layout as shown below:

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  • Move the mouse cursor over a tile to display a detailed explanation at the bottom of the program window outlining what the problem is, possible causes and what the fix does e.g. fix a disabled Task Manager, repair right click menu etc

Warning: Do not run a repair if you do not have the problem identified by it. Most of the repairs will reset the component back to its original (default) state – if your component is working ok but has been modified by legitimate software you will lose those legitimate modifications.

  • To perform a repair, click the relevant tile. It is good practice to only attempt one fix at a time and restart your computer after each fix to check if the problem is resolved.

Conclusion

XP Quick Fix Plus offers a good selection of fixes for common Windows XP problems – particularly those caused by viruses and malware.

It covers many of the SAS fixes but adds a lot more besides. It’s small, free, portable and very easy to use as long as you only attempt fixes for problems that you definitely have.