Fix Windows 7 Faster by Creating a Shortcut to System Maintenance

System Maintenance in Windows 7 helps you troubleshoot features and clean up your computer. For faster access to it, here’s how to create a shortcut for it.

Just like with a car or other electronics, if you don’t maintain your Windows 7 computer, it will start acting unstable. But one of the cool utilities it offers is System Maintenance. It helps you troubleshoot features and clean up your computer. While a handy utility to have built in to Windows, it’s buried a few layers deep in the OS. To make it easier to access, and remember to use more often, here’s how to create a shortcut to System Maintenance. Then you can keep it on your desktop or stick it on your Taskbar.

Right click an empty area of your desktop and select New > Shortcut.

Create Shortcut

Then type in the following path in the location field. Click the Next button, give the shortcut a name that allows you to easily identify it and click Finish.

%systemroot%\system32\msdt.exe -id MaintenanceDiagnostic


Now you can take your shortcut and pin it to the Taskbar, leave it on your desktop, or other convenient location.

pin to Taskbar

When you launch it, it will start up System Maintenance. When running this, I recommend clicking the Advanced link and checking the box to apply repairs automatically.

system maintenance

In this example, no problems were identified. But if you need more details on an issue that Windows wasn’t able to repair automatically, you can bring up the Troubleshooting Report.


Of course there are several ways to “skin a cat”. If you wan to bring up System Maintenance you can also type: system maintenance in the Start menu, and it should be easy to find in your list of programs.

Start menu

If you’re using Windows 8, check out how to schedule Windows 8’s Automatic Maintenance feature.



  1. Larry Gentry

    April 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    In my case, I had to click on advanced and run as system administrator.

    • Brian Burgess

      April 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks for that Larry. Are you running your system as a Standard User?

      Either way it still worked for you yes?

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