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Windows Fixer


Disclaimer

This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

If windows does not work, or you want to change something, you here are some approaches:

What we need is something that asks you a questions, much like playing 20 questions, to determine what your problem is or what you want to do. Then it displays a recipe, that you can copy paste or print out. It deliberately would not be complete, just the things that ordinary mortal users would reasonably want do. Some of the recipes could be quite long, like ’I got a new router. How do I hook it up.” Hopefully, you would not compose each recipe from scratch, but glue it together from component pieces, e.g. how to get to the device manager, how to find the C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\ directory, how you can get to the place when you define how you like to view directory listings.

You are welcome to embed any lore from the Java glossary in your program.

This program, once it earned a reputation for trustworthiness, would be extremely valuable to corporations because it would allow ordinary users to rapidly handle the problems they used to call in tech support to handle. So I suggest you give it away to individuals to help build familiarity and sell a Corporate-wide site licence. Don’t ask the corporation to track individual licences. This will cost them more than the program saves, just a flat fee and perhaps a flat annual maintenance contract that gives them unlimited support through a single designated tech support rep. You don’t want every user in the company coming directly to you. They could swamp you with trivia.


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