Computer Repair - A Guide For Beginners
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Computer Repair - A Guide For Beginners

Learn the skills necessary to optimize any PC and never again feel like you can't fix your own computer or others.
4.5 (134 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,698 students enrolled
Created by Justin Gilson
Last updated 12/2012
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn The Secrets To Speed Up Your Computer That The Geek Squad Doesn't Want You To Know
  • Make Your Computer Run Faster Than Ever
  • You Will Learn To Do What I Charge Hundreds Of Dollars For
  • Get Comfortable Using Your Computer
  • By the end of this course you will have a completely new skill set and you won't believe how simple it was.
  • You Will Learn Good Practices To Keep Your Computer Running Like New On A Regular Basis
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  • Ask questions! My goal is to keep you out of the repair shops so ask questions
  • Any Type Of Computer Running Microsoft Windows
  • Take A Deep Breath And Relax It's Easier Than You Think

If your computer isn't running very well and you can't afford to get it repaired, this is definitely the computer repair course for you. I have worked in computer repair for 15+ years and this course is a small portion of the many techniques I can show you.

Let's face it, your computer is going to fail, it's just a matter of time. Wouldn't you like that time to be as long as possible? Take care of your computer and it will take care of you.

  • Learn to back up your entire computer very easily. (You will thank me for this when your computer fails someday)
  • Learn why anti-virus software is so important and which one I recommend.
  • Figure out how to upgrade your computer, without paying someone to tell you.
  • Follow along, step-by-step, as I explain and show you how to Speed Up Your Computer. It's easier than you think.
  • Let me show you how to prevent problems from happening, so you can enjoy your computer.
  • Receive a verifiable certificate of completion to present to employers after completion of this course.
  • Fix your computer BEFORE anything goes wrong, you won't regret it.

Don't waste your money having the Geek Squad or someone else do what you can do yourself. Believe me, it really is easier than you think. Just read the reviews and you will see what people are saying about this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone
  • Novice Computer Users Who Want To Get Up Close and Personal With Windows 7
  • People Who NEED To Save Money
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Welcome To Speed Up Your Computer
1 Lecture 05:35
Welcome to my course. I will be showing you how to use Windows 7 Backup to create a Backup of your computer before starting this course. It's for your safety and sanity. Just follow along and create the backup before making any changes to your computer.

Thanks for watching!
Preview 05:35
Existing Windows Tools
4 Lectures 21:06
Tool 1 of 4 to use in Windows to Speed Up Your Computer.
Tool #1

Tool 2 of 4 to use in Windows to Speed Up Your Computer.
Tool #2

Tool 3 of 4 to use in Windows to Speed Up Your Computer.
Tool #3

Tool 4 of 4 to use in Windows to Speed Up Your Computer.
Tool #4

A short exam on the 4 Existing Windows Tools.

Existing Windows Tools Exam
3 questions
2 Lectures 13:37

Browser Toolbars and why they keep me in business as a computer repair guy. 

Preview 03:31

This section will show you a few different ways of removing browser toolbars to speed up your computer. 

How To Remove Toolbars (two methods)

Questions about the biggest culprit of malware, TOOLBARS!!

Toolbars Exam
3 questions
The Professional's TIPS and TRICKS That YOU Get Charged For
1 Lecture 01:06

This is where it gets interesting folks! Stay tuned because from here on out, you'll be learning the trade secrets of what I do for a living. It's like revealing a magic trick, once you learn how it's done, you will wonder why you paid so much to have it repaired in the first place. I will make it easy for you to do and even easier for you to SAVE MONEY!

Preview 01:06
Existing Windows Tools - The Professional Secrets!!
4 Lectures 18:42

Here you will learn a somewhat hidden feature in Disk Cleanup that will allow you to get even MORE free space on your hard drive and in turn, speed up your computer.

Secret #1

Here is how to change your Power Settings to create a high performance beast! 

Secret #2

This will show you how to adjust your display settings to speed up your computer. Yes, simply changing the display settings can vastly improve the performance of your computer. 

Secret #3

Another trick to speed up your computer. However, use caution when using this tool. This doesn't help a lot if you have a brand new computer, this is a tool for older computers mainly. But it never hurts to add Ready Boost to any computer to speed it up even more, am I right?!

Secret #4

Short exam about the Professional Secrets.

Professional Secrets Exam
3 questions
Non-Windows Tools (Software)
3 Lectures 23:48

I know it says Cleaner(s) but I only explain one program in this video because I believe it's all you need. You have already used Disk Cleanup, now you'll be using this program...You can't really do much more cleaning of your hard drive.This program takes up little space and is very effective.

N.W.T. #1

Here is another great tool to use to re-organize those puzzle pieces on your hard drive. Much more extensively than Microsoft's Disk Defragmenter. 

N.W.T. #2

Learn how Anti-Virus software will speed up your computer.
N.W.T. #3

Short exam about Non-Windows Software Tools

N.W.T. Exam
4 questions
Basic Hardware Upgrades
1 Lecture 05:07

Learn what RAM is and why it is the #1 recommended sale in a computer repair shop. 

Memory - No Not Your Brain Memory
1 Lecture 00:28

Thank you all for watching. Attached are the slides from the entire course with website links so you can download all the software used in this course. 

Thank You All
About the Instructor
Justin Gilson
4.5 Average rating
134 Reviews
2,698 Students
1 Course
I.T. Professional, Radio Host and All Around GEEK

Justin Gilson is an I.T. Wiz. Justin has over 15 years of experience in Computer Repair, Networking, Network Security, Infrastructure Design, Automated Deployment, Graphic Design and recently Web Design.

Justin grew up in a military family. Before the end of his fathers long career in the Air Force, his family had moved 16 times in 18 years, leaving little time to make friends or commit to anything for longer than a year. Because of moving and settling in so many different places, Justin spent a lot of time on his father’s computer, a Commodore-64. For those that don’t remember or even know what that computer is, just know that it was way before you could just point and click on something. You had to type tons of commands just to play a horribly pixelated game. A game that was actually stored on “floppy” disks when they were literally still floppy. That old computer wasn't enough to deter Justin from playing his games, in fact it’s what created the geek that he is today.

Justin was troubleshooting and fixing computers at the age of 12. He started small with configuring dialup internet connections and home networks for family and friends and troubleshooting their issues if the internet did not work. He constantly tweaked his family’s home computer, pushing it’s limits and figuring out every combination of keystrokes you could throw at it.

Justin began his official Geek career at the age of 14 as an “Ethical Hacker/Network Security Consultant" for the Camas School District in Camas, Washington. He was tasked with trying to find security holes in the Windows NT operating system and report them to the I.T. Department so they could prevent students from exploiting those security holes. That very summer he was asked to work at the school district as full-time summer help setting up computers. That was Justin's first job and also where he learned to write his first script to automate the deployment of software to a classroom full of computers. From that point on Justin was hooked on computers.

He is just a naturally brilliant mind and has always been able to think like a computer. Justin has even been known to troubleshoot computers with his eyes closed just to make it fun for him. This is not something he does all the time, don’t worry, he still takes it very seriously. In fact, problem solving has become a way of life for Justin. He eats, sleeps, breathes and lives to troubleshoot and figure out solutions to problems. His favorite saying is “It isn’t a problem, unless there is a solution” by none other than TV’s very own MacGuyver.

Bring your problems to Justin and he will find a way to fix it. If he can’t, he’ll be losing sleep over it until he can fix it.