If there is one life skill you need in your arsenal, it’s computer repair. Of course, you can’t learn to do everything without a formal education in computer science. However, there are some basic repairs you don’t need to send your computer to a repair shop. This article can hopefully save you time and money, never leaving the comfort of your own home.
Once you learn to do these, it’s a cake walk. In fact, you can start charging other people! Here are six basic computer repair tips to bring out your tech-savvy side so you can say, “I can fix my computer”!
1. Removing Viruses and Malware
One of the most useful things when learning how to fix your computer would be to prevent and remove viruses. Yes, we’re talking about those sneaky little bugs slowing down your PC or make other applications run haywire. Investing in an antivirus tool or software is a surefire way to prevent and remove any malware or virus in your computer. Kaspersky and Bitdefender are two of the top antivirus software. They aren’t free. Like anything of good quality, you must pay a price.
Never forget, the best anti-virus is the user. To prevent any future infections, be sure not to download any suspicious content from emails or websites and always have your anti-virus software running. If you need help identifying if an email contains a virus, check out this post here.
2. Reinstall the Operating System
If a virus has infiltrated your system very deeply and you are not able to retrieve control using the standard tools, then the only solution is to have your operating system re-installed. This is the fastest and easiest way to fix the issue at hand. A deeper virus can only be eliminated this way. The computer repair shops will charge you a lot for this simple step. Why bother when you can learn how to fix your computer yourself with a simple reinstallation.
3. Remove Bloatware
Computers, both old and new, have useless software slowing them down. They appear every time the operating system is installed. The computer manufacturers add these software’s because they are paid by software companies to do so. Just declutter your system by simply removing them by going to settings.
4. Upgrade Your RAM or Hard Drive
Buying a new and better RAM and/or a hard drive is just what you need to take things up a notch. Just make sure the RAM is the right one for your computer. You can easily find tutorials online on how to replace the RAM and hard drive so you don’t pay installation costs to the technicians.
5. RMA the Computer
How to fix a computer pre-assembled? You don’t. You simply RMA it – which means you take it back to the manufacturer if it’s still under warranty and have it repaired for free. RMA means return merchandise authorization. The authorized personnel at the manufacturer’s store gives you a number and you can drop it off to their service center.
6. Recover Deleted Files
If you have mistakenly deleted a file, don’t fret. It can be recovered by installing a data recovery software, like Recuva. The only downside is, it must be downloaded before anything is deleted. So it’s smart to install right when you get a new computer.
By following these tips you'll be able to learn a bit about your computer and save some cash! Win-win!