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From the author of #9: Better Notifications If Your System Has a Problem

#9: Better Notifications If Your System Has a Problem

In Windows XP, you must move between various parts of the Control Panel if your system has a problem: the Security Center to check for firewall, antivirus, or anti-malware problems; the system drive's properties sheet for defrag or disk checking; the System properties sheet to run System Restore; and so on.

In Windows 7, the days of clicking through multiple dialogs to solve security or maintenance system problems are over. The new Action Center (see Figure 2) makes it easy to find and fix problems, tweak User Account Control settings, troubleshoot your computer (with troubleshooters that really work!), and run System Restore if your system is seriously clobbered.

Figure 2 Windows 7's Action Center gives you quick access to troubleshooting, security, and maintenance tools.

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