PC repair and service programmes........

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:25 10 Jan 2004

My nephew, who is very competent at repairing computers, wants to create a CD of programmes that he can lug around to help him repair or service home computers, at their owner's houses (better not to encourage network trouble-shooting yet;-)) ).

So could we get the PCA hive mind concentrated on posting up any programmes that will help him? Preferably freeware but chuck in the pay-up versions and I'll cough up the wonga as a pressie for him. I've suggested Winzip (quite a few people do not have this and it is handy for running any zipped progs on his CD), RegSeeker and Aida32 as starters.


  powerless 19:32 10 Jan 2004
  powerless 19:34 10 Jan 2004
  spuds 19:39 10 Jan 2004

Run a check through Snapfile click here or Webattack click here same company different domain on their freeware download section, plenty to choice from.

Nice little one click here

  spuds 19:41 10 Jan 2004

Whoops should have been Snapfiles click here

  cycoze 20:39 10 Jan 2004

MDU.exe Modem Help Diagnostic Utility from click here , dialups .

EditPad Lite from click here will open most Windows files even index.dat .

BHODemon from click here .

Cacheman from click here .

Always worth having the latest Internet utilities , and other misc stuff on CD to save people downloading them , IE , WMP , DirectX , Adobe Acrobat , AVG , Outpost or zone alarm , SpybotSD , AD-aware etc etc .

Document listing startup files and associated programs (plenty of sites online) .

MajorGeeks is worth a look click here for downloads .

  Sir Radfordin 22:58 10 Jan 2004

You can be sure that you'll always need something you don't have! I carry about 50 CDs with me most of the time I know I'm likely to meet someone who wants a computer fixed.

Something that is often a great help is being able to get online so having the dial up number/username/ password of another ISP to the one people normally use can save a heck of a lot of time. Especially when they have forgotten their passwords.

  Feck 23:03 10 Jan 2004

Do you by any chance work for a non PC World company ??????????

  GANDALF <|:-)> 23:12 10 Jan 2004



  jimv7 00:10 11 Jan 2004

Free dial up click here free anti virus click here free firewall click here these are available as downloads and register during the install.

  Forum Editor 08:01 11 Jan 2004

as it might be, I ensure that I travel with CDs containing all the big Microsoft downloads - Service packs etc.

I can guarantee that almost every client I visit needs at least one update - private clients often have only a 56k connection, and often don't want to 'waste time' as they put it downloading the updates.

Apart from that, I carry CDs with common virus fixes, plus all the usual stuff that's been mentioned by other people.

I also make a point of running a database with every client's personal details - including their usernames and passwords as appropriate. I use a code number system similar to that employed by estate agents for house keys, so that clients aren't identifiable to anyone else, and I password protect the database file as well. It's surprising how often I need to refer to this information, because clients habitually forget rarely-used logins and so on. The database contains details of each client's installed software and configuration details (if necessary) together with dates of visits. It's invaluable.

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