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    I am in need of some software that will diagnose completely my hp Pavillion laptop. Free would be good but for the right program I would pay for it.

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      We’d love to make a recommendation (or even two!), but first we need to know just what the problem(s) with your laptop seem(s) to be. What kind of symptoms is it showing? What is your laptop doing that it shouldn’t be doing, or what is it not doing that it should be doing?

      Knowing this, along with specifics about your installation of Windows 10 (what version or build number you have on it) will go a long ways towards getting recommendations for software that will help rather than getting recommendations for software that will waste your time or money.

      There are many folks here to help you, but they would obviously prefer to steer you in the right direction to begin with to avoid having you waste your time.

      One thing that I just thought of…Microsoft has many built-in troubleshooters in Windows 10 that may help you solve your problem. Best thing about them is that you’ve already got them on your laptop, since they’re bundled with Windows. So, if your problem(s) is/are with Windows, one of those might help you out. To get started with them, click on the following: Start Menu>Settings>Update & Security. After clicking on Update & Security, there will be a list on the left side of the window. Click on the item in that list labeled “Troubleshoot”. After clicking on “Troubleshoot”, if no default troubleshooting modules are displayed then click on the item in blue colored type that says “Additional troubleshooters”, which will bring up a list of troubleshooters based upon specific areas of Windows that you might be having trouble with.

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    • #2501459

      You report your computer as an HP Pavilion laptop. HP computers typically arrive with the company’s own (fairly extensive) diagnostic and troubleshooting software. If you haven’t wiped the OS to perform a clean install of Windows, take a look around in the Start menu. Depending on the age of your computer, HP’s utilities might show up as “PC Doctor”, or “PC Health Check”, or “HP Support Assistant”.

      Beyond that, then as @Bob99 says, we’ll need more specific details about your system and the symptoms you’re seeing in order to hone in on the kind of software to look for.


    • #2502075

      Thank you for your helpful suggestions. My original goal was to dig deep into the workings and possible problems with my laptop. I am no expert on the electronics of computers but I have been working with them sense the mid 80s. The laptop had slowed down and was acting weird.

      Bottom line was I went back to basics and reinstalled Win 10. This resolved almost all of my problems. Anything left are minor and not a problem.

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