That little flag on your taskbar is one of the best shortcuts to tools that can help you troubleshoot your computer. The Action Center is a shortcut to your Security, Maintenance and other areas that keep your computer running smooth.
The Security area of the Action Center allows you to setup your firewall, adjust Windows Updates, check your anti-virus protection, spyware, internet security settings, adjust your UAC, Windows SmartScreen or to see if network access protection is on.
The maintenance are allows you to view your settings, to setup maintenance, check for solutions to a problem or check your computer’s reliability history – an overlooked troubleshooting area that often tells ‘why’ your computer isn’t working sometimes.
You should never overlook file history which can save you when you accidently make errors on documents or overwrite files and need to restore previous versions.
The reliability monitor can tell you what is causing problems on your computer.
When troubleshooting your computer you can try compatibility mode if a program is not working, look into hardware problems, networking problems or security.
You can use the Action Center to create a recovery drive to reset or refresh your computer later or you can restore your computer to a previous version or even refresh your computer if it is having major issues.
While Windows 8 features a refresh, the above tools are available in Windows 7.
Get to know your Action Center, it can keep your computer running like new.