575,625 downloads Updated: Jul 11th, 2014 Freeware   
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Dial-a-fix icon A lightweight, yet powerful application that aims to fix an abundance of known issues and get you up and running again in no time


Dial-a-fix brings a set of tools to repair Windows problems regarding certain aspects of Windows Update, security, COM / ActiveX object or registry entries. The application does all of these on all 32-bit versions of Windows prior to Vista (98 to XP / 2003). It aids users of all levels of computer knowledge in the process of specific problems resolution.

Quickly deployed on your system

The program doesn't require any installation and once you open it, the simple yet a bit crowded interface shows up on your screen. Its five sections are clearly delimited and they're even marked with numbers to point out the recommended step-by-step procedure.

Have any installer errors fixed

The first of them, 'Prep', helps you 'Empty temp folders' in a flash as well as check whether your Windows clock is set to the current year – an incorrect setting here can easily result in errors with SSL certificates on the web that may make it impossible for you to have a pleasant web surfing experience.

Your next step takes you to the 'MSI' section that provides a succession of operations to fix any Microsoft Installer issues. What Dial-a-fix does here consists of stopping the service first, unregistering it followed by re-registration and start of the Installer service. This way, any related Windows Update service slip-ups are taken care of.

Solve Windows update failures

The 'WU/WUAU' section refers to Windows Update and Automatic Update services and prepares 'Stop / Start services' as well as 'Register WUAU DLLs' tools. You can also 'Flush SoftwareDistribution' in order to delete the collected data about the patches that have been downloaded and the ones that are about to be downloaded and installed. This button is very useful if you experience repetitive installations of patches through Windows Update.

Managing and restoring useful Windows features

Dial-a-fix also repairs errors regarding 'Code signing', 'Driver file signature verification' or 'SSL certificate verification'. These are encased within the SSL/HTTPS/CryptSvc section. The fifth frame of the application, 'Registration center', comprises ActiveX controls repairing for Internet Explorer, Control Panel broken applets fixes, VB and .NET runtime fixes as well as Windows core – Explorer repairing.

To end with

In conclusion, while not the complete set of tools for any Windows-related problem, Dial-a-fix coolly provides the search for an effective toolbox with comprehensive results, packing a few must-have quick fixes for some of the bulkiest and most annoying problems you may interfere with. Its sleeve-ace is, in fact, the ease-of-use as well as speed of execution and very light consumption of system resources and it may prove to be the reviver of your Windows installation.

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Dial-a-fix was reviewed by Alexandru Pintilie

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  runs on:
Windows XP 32/64 bit
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