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Fix My Computer 101: To Self Serve or Hire a Specialist

Fix My Computer 101: To Self Serve or Hire a Specialist

A computer that doesn’t turn on, inches through tasks, freezes completely, or displays odd and unsettling behavior, is a disrupt to your entire life.

From freelance writers to students in the classroom and even elite business gurus, computers serve as key functionary role in everyday life. Whether it’s a video on YouTube for employee training, calendaring and scheduling, or access to an entire company’s archives, learning how to approach system disrupts is an imperative tool.

Self-Servicing Your Computer

For personal computers or small business operations, self-servicing is a great option. Of course, the level of self-service is dependent on the issue at hand, as well as the time available and experience of the individual rolling up their sleeves and diving in.

Reinstalling the Operating System

When your computer is running slow, it may be time to give it a bit of a fresh makeover. Simply put, reinstall the operating system. This fix can also help with file corruption and annoying error messages. A bogged down system is generally caused by inundating startup programs, unnecessary toolbars, or the excessive archiving of cookies.

It all comes down to reinstalling Windows.

Before following the guidelines in the provided link, make sure to perform a back up to an external device such as a hard drive.


Per How To Geek, "If you’ve just purchased a new computer – or reset your old computer back to its factory default state – you’ll often find it packed full of useless software. Computer manufacturers are paid to include these programs, which slow your computer down (particularly during the startup process) and clutter your system tray."

They go on to provide a few simple and direct routes to removing bloatware without paying a service to do it for you.

  • PC Decrapifier
  • Visit your "Uninstall" program and manually remove any programs that seem like overkill
  • Start from a clean slate by (once again) reinstalling Windows


Oftentimes, computers slow down due to space issues. In these cases, you’ll need to perform an upgrade to your RAM or Hard Drive. How To Geek provides a few easy, step-by-step guides for in-house upgrades:

How to upgrade RAM

How to upgrade Hard Drives

Fix My Computer! Find a Specialist

For those without the time or expertise, especially larger companies or complicated issues, it may be time to find a specialist. Finding a quality expert at a reasonable rate can be a difficult task in this technological boom. Computers are commonplace in the home and businesses, therefore everyone needs a great computer repair service.


The most important step in finding a computer repair service is getting a referral. Check in with co-workers, friends, and family. Online review sites, such as Yelp, are great tools for a deluge of information. Keep in mind that not all reviewers are honest or reliable. Therefore, when using online resources, look for quantity. If they have one stellar review and ten not so great ones, this is not the company for you.

Mom & Pop vs. Corporate

There are benefits and drawbacks to both small business and large corporate computer repair services.

For example, corporate companies such as Geek Squad provide luxury services such as delivered to your doorstep help and online scheduling. With that said, larger corporations lack the individualized customer service that mom and pop shops generally offer. On the other hand, mom and pop shops generally rely on the passion for the craft and see the importance of each and every customer.

It all comes down to your preference.


This may seem like a strange tactic, but it oftentimes pays off.

It’s best to visit the computer repair service in person. Have a face-to-face conversation with the technicians who will be responsible for your computer. Ask questions regarding their experience, why they are in the business, and why they chose to work with that specific organization.

Keep a wary eye on other customers that are perusing the shop or are picking up and dropping off computers. These customers may end up providing an on the spot referral without even knowing it.

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