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What tools (software and hardware) do I need to open up a PC repair shop?


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#1 IKE2010

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 06:15 AM

Hi everyone

 

I am a Comp TIA +A certificate holder,  I have done some few computer repair works (hardware trouble shooting and software installations). I took a course on Electronics and Telecommunication sometimes back,  I have always thought of opening up a computer repair shop of my own. 

 

I am looking for some hints,  and any suggestions  out there.

 

What kind of software do I need to have with me at all times? What hardware are most needed for a computer repair person? What about working tools? I have some screw drivers , soldering gun, digit meters.

 

I am planning to start a shop at home, what should I be aware of?  I am also wanting customer to drop off as well me visiting their premises.

 

 

Help!!

 

 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:59 AM

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1813630/starting-computer-repair-setup-consulting-business-tips.html#11595084



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 09:58 AM

Wow.

 

That link and the comments posted there seem to forecast a harsh climate. Thanks Spyware Doc. The posts there and the feedback might seem rough but they also seem realistic, if not down right sobering.

 

IKE2010, good luck on your endeavor.

 

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:54 AM

Yep, not only is it a tough field to try and earn a living in, PCs are a rapidly declining business. :(



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:19 PM

Thanks SpywareDoc for the link. It seems people are switching from PC to mobile devices, I would need more reality links like that to make my mind.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:21 PM

I am still looking for some suggestions on what tools I need to have



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:29 PM

TechNibble.com > Computer Repair Tools



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:01 AM

Morning SpywareDoc - that TechNibble site is chock full 'o downloadable goodies...but I'm always a bit weary of downloading from sites I'm not familiar with, have you downloaded from them before?

 

Is that your go-to place to for downloads?

 

There are quite a few articles (and feedback about them) for starting out this type of business and tools you will need. So far everything I've read seems pretty right on.

 

IKE2010 - don't forget about all the great tools / downloads right here at Bleeping Computer as well.

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 09:38 AM

Winterland, on 13 Oct 2013 - 08:01 AM, said:

Morning SpywareDoc

Morning Winterland.

 

Winterland, on 13 Oct 2013 - 08:01 AM, said:

- that TechNibble site is chock full 'o downloadable goodies...but I'm always a bit weary of downloading from sites I'm not familiar with, have you downloaded from them before?

Yes.

 

Winterland, on 13 Oct 2013 - 08:01 AM, said:

Is that your go-to place to for downloads?

No.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:35 PM

This is a very informative site  SpywareDoc (TechNibble site), Thanks

 

Winteland, I have already took advantage of bleeping downloads, they are very useful.

 

Thank you two, if there is anything at all you wish to throw at me, please do so, I am still open for more inputs



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:17 PM

The main thing to remember is that the software that you at home isn't supposed to be used at work.  Take for example Malwarebytes.  There is a free version for home use, but the techbench version is $399.95 a year.  While you may think this is not a big deal, to use the free instead of pay version, a lot of software "phones home", Malwarebytes for example updates when you run it.  You might use it for a bit and have no problems and then one day you get a letter from the BSA asking for a lot of money because you were using the software illegally.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:33 PM

Thanks Rkilroy, how can you tell which one for home use and which is  for techbench?



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