PC Maintenance and Repair Services
Slow computers, computers not booting up, Windows throwing errors, and even computers not turning on are all common problems associated with personal computers (desktop and laptop both). All of these are easily fixable, but only if you know what to look for. Computers do however need regular maintenance in order to stay running in top condition.
Slow computers can usually be attributed to two things - 1) malware or viruses or 2) Windows being littered with junk files and broken links that have piled up over years of use. For the first case, I would refer you to my Virus and Malware Removal Page. For the second case, it can be as simple as using a clean up utility to clear some of those files up, or worst case scenario - a full Windows re-install.
Now, that last one sounds a lot worse than it actually is. The biggest pain comes from making sure that all your personal files (documents, photos, music, etc...) are backed up so that you don't actually lose anything in the process. Other than that though, it is a fairly painless process as virtually every computer nowadays comes with software built in that will "reset to factory condition". People are always amazed at the speed of their old computer once it is reset to factory condition (or Windows being re-installed, both are essentially the same thing).
I can even back up your old hard drive for you if you do not have your personal files backed up. They will be waiting right there in a folder on your desktop after the reset.
Failure to Boot
For a computer failing to boot up (but is turning on), the problem is a little more complicated but not too serious either. It can be a range of problems - bad RAM, failing hard drive, Windows boot manager problems, etc.. - but it can still be fixed. Even a hardware problem like bad RAM is actually quite easy and cheap to fix. A computer, in general, costs a lot of money but the individual parts are actually quite cheap themselves.
If Windows is throwing errors then that just means somehow a Windows component was either deleted or damaged. This usually happens when Windows was trying to install an update and the computer lost power in the process. In either case, Windows has built in tools to help fix the problem.
Naturally some are easier to fix than others, but almost all are fixable. As with the slow computer diagnosis, the worst case scenario is a Windows re-install or factory reset (again, both are essentialy the same thing).
PC Not Turning On
Even a computer that is not turning on at all can be simple fix (this is usually just a simple power supply replacement, which can be found for as cheap as $10). Computers these days are extremely resilient, and it is next to impossible to completely kill a PC. This is because computers (speaking mostly about desktop computers in this case) are completely modular, and each component has standardizations in place. This means that all components share a few basic size specifications, and can be switched out with ease.
Aside from your motherboard going bad the fix is almost always relatively cheap and easy. The motherboard can be replaced as well, but if you replace a motherboard then you also have to replace your CPU and RAM at the very least (in some cases you may be able to reuse your old CPU and RAM, but not always) plus you will need to purchase a new Windows license since Microsoft considers replacing the motherboard as purchasing a new computer.
Laptop computers are not always going to be so easy to fix because so many of their parts are custom made for that specific brand and model. Still, many components can be replaced or upgraded - hard drive and RAM being the most common, but the list varies greatly for each laptop beyond those two components.
As always, regularly backing up your computer is the smartest choice you can make to protect yourself. Most experts recommend having two back ups - one locally (on an external hard drive for instance) and one offsite (think bank deposit box, friends house, storage site, etc...). The second option is usually in case of a fire or theft, but also because what affects your computer can also affect any local devices.
As always you can email me with any questions that you may have about my services here - firstname.lastname@example.org.