My Tool Kit + Tune Up + Software
Updated 12-12-2012 - Please send me suggestions for things you think should be added to the list
Some of my Technibble threads
Massive list of links to the software I have
A Malware Removal Guide
Pictures of my stuff
How do you have your tools organized?
Sites to keep your software up-to-date
Bleeping Computer - "a self-education tool for the novice user to learn basic concepts about Computer Technology."
The Best Freeware Reviewed and Rated
What other techs are charging for their services:
Your IT, Browar and Dade PC Repair, Thread - Service Menu, , Aaron's PC Support,
JK Tech Solutions, Derek's Computer, Staples Easy Tech, Telynyka Tech Support, Thread - Pricing, Chesterfield Computer, Neutron Tech,
Speed Tech PC, Remote support hourly rate charges, Rate for travel time, Data Recovery Pricing
-> Things that affect what you should charge include: Your area's economic climate (country/county/city), what your competitors are charging,
how much overhead (operating expenses) you have, and how good of a tech. you are. Remember this: Don't charge less than what you think you're worth.
Autopatcher - Download updates for XP - 7. Makes it much quicker to install updates.
I also use it to make an all-in-one .net framework package (separate from the Windows update packages).
Laptop Repair Videos
SARDU - Create multi-boot USB or CD/DVD
Repair CD List - Be aware that some "Click Here!" links directly download outdated software
Windows 7 ISO x86 and x64 Official Direct Download Links
Create Universal Windows 7 - Allows you to turn a Windows 7 iso/disc into a universal version of Windows 7.
This will allow you to install any version (Starter - Ultimate) with any product key (OEM/Retail/Technet).
Note: the product key must match the version of Windows that was bought or came with the system
(e.g. If you have a product key for Windows 7 Home Premium, then install Windows 7 Home Premium)
Windows Vista (any version is what I've read) is universal by default (changed with Win 7 and is not available with XP at all).
It will accept any product key. You will need to either find a torrent of it or purchase it from Amazon or Ebay.
I recommend purchasing it so that you get the absolute best quality (no mods/no cracks/no viruses).
You will need 32 (x86) and 64 (x64) bit versions of both.
For Windows XP I suggest searching for a torrent of the Windows XP 9 in 1 iso,
which contains most versions of XP and accepts Retail and OEM product keys.
You can purchase the original restore discs from the manufacturer or from this site: Restore Discs
Dell Recovery CD Request Form
Note: Only use the product key on the Certificate of Authenticity (example),
which is located on the outside of the computer (usually). I have found them under the cover of a netbook.
Differences between OEM key and COA
$ Fab's Autobackup 3 or 4
Windows Easy Transfer to Windows 7
- Win Key + R (Open Run) -> migwiz
Cooliris - Put a 3D wall of pictures on your web site
Black Viper - Tweak services (especially useful when malware disables all services)
Reset Network batch file
Technet Script Repository
SimpleDrivers - Free driver finder and updater
Double Driver - Backup drivers (especially useful for older systems)
Driver Packs - "Each DriverPack is a package of drivers for a particular category of hardware."
Realtek HD Audio Drivers (XP - 7)
Inside my laptop
Tim's Laptop Service Manuals
Laptop Repair 101
Laptop & Notebook Repairing, Upgrading and Modding Guides: by Manufacturers
DVD Super One - lcdtech99 - See this thread - Where I buy LCD screens
Nylon Pry Tool - Good for disassembling laptops. Search for it at this store.
Laptopkey - Replace missing keys
PlayTool - Diagnose video card problems and other good stuff
Look up an error message
Process Library - database of system processes
e-mail server settings
Wireless network troubleshooting: Connectivity
Troubleshooting Windows Stop Error Messages
Having Trouble Installing Windows Updates?
List of default router passwords and IP addresses
Power supply calculator
Overnight Prints - Much better quality then Vista Print
Retailmenot - Coupons (save save save $$$$)
Openwith.org - free programs to open any file extension
How To Start a Computer Business
Part Sites - My fav. is Amazon w/ Prime shipping
Troubleshooting Video Cards: Problems and Solutions
My toolkit, and your toolkit.
The first 12 months - where I got it wrong
Windows Version Identifier
Manual Malware Removal
Companies That Will Send Free Marketing Material
Computer Parts Questions Answered
Repair Tool of the Week: The Complete List
iisjman07's Tech Stuff PDF Password: Technibble
A Peek at Other Computer Technicians Workbenches
A Peek at Other Computer Technicians Workbenches #2
Home Office Pics
Pics of Your Work Areas!
Mayo Hardware Blog
How to Fix Your Motherboard
(cheapest prices usually at Amazon and eBay)
Kanguru Defender Basic - Write protection for malware removal
Caselogic 24 CD Wallet
Caselogic Portable Hard Drive Case
Thermaltake TG-1 Extreme Thermal Paste - Cheapest at Amazon (Link)
GateMouth Tool Bag - looks much better in person. Holds all my most frequently used tools.
I use a larger version to store my larger equipment (PSU/rollable keyboard/mouse/external DVD/DVD + CD drives) (Link)
Paladin Crimping Tool
Duracell Universal Laptop Charger - 10 tips, automatic switching between 16V and 19V
IDE to USB Adapter
KVM Switch - Allows you to use one monitor for multiple computers
Anti-Static Wrist Band
CD Lens Cleaner
3 Volt Cell Batteries (CMOS type) - 20 for $3.43 !
Electrostatic-Control Cleaning Brush
3-in-1 Cable Tester
Thermaltake PSU - Swap known good for bad
Leather Business Card Wallet
Logitech Marathon Mouse - Best mouse I've ever owned
Computer Repair with Diagnostic Flowcharts
Anti-Static Grounding Pad
CoolMax Power Supply Tester
RJ 45 Connectors - Search for them from this seller. You can get 100 for about $4.39
Modware 31 Piece Toolkit - Nice, Simple toolkit. -> Other: Amazon search, Belkin, Paladin
Paper clips for holding customer's papers together and to eject CD/DVD drives
DVI to VGA
VGA to DVI
USB to PS2
PS2 to USB
Xtreme Ram - Great store for buying RAM
ATT Go Phone - ATT Go Phone is a prepaid service. They offer decent smartphones for low prices and don't require a data package.
I pay $25 monthly for 250 minutes and unlimited texting. With Google Voice, Groove IP, and WIFI, I have unlimited minutes.
A+ Certification Training
Professor Messer - Free A+, Network +, and Microsoft Certification training videos
A+ Guide to Managing & Maintaining Your PC
Mike Meyer's All-in-One Exam Guide
Files to download from my MediaFire account
Bench Sheet 1, Bench Sheet 2, Bench Sheet 3
Service Guarantee - For customers
Terms and Conditions - For customers
Protection Handout - For customers
PC Tune Up - For customers
Thank You Letter - For customers
Written Recommendation Request - For customers
Tune Up Guide
Computer Hardware Poster
Computer Technicians Quick Reference Guide
How to crimp RJ-45: (1) (2)
Ping of Death :P
$70 - Virus Removal
$60 - Tune up
$75 - Windows Install/Reinstall/Upgrade
- Includes: Backup & Restore data & Tune up
$35 per hour (1 hour min)
Password Reset for Windows User Account
Free Dial Up Access Setup
Laptop keyboard Replacement
Data Transfer to New Computer
Wireless Router Setup
- Setup, configure, and safeguard your router
- Connect devices
- Enable devices to share files
Memory, Hard Drive, CD/DVD Drive Install
$70 - Laptop Screen Replacement
$60 - Inverter Board Replacement
$65 - Desktop $75 - Laptop
- Motherboard Replacement
Varies - Data Recovery
$65 - Computer Setup
- Pre-purchase advice
- Unpack and assemble
- Setup individual user accounts
- Connect to the Internet
- Check if computer is functioning properly
- $30 extra - tune up (even brand new computers benefit)
Last edited by Appletax; 12-12-2012 at 04:30 PM.
Tune Up Guide
. Stop unwanted startup programs – use StartUpLite, CCleaner, msconfig
. Run CCleaner
. Auslogics defrag; set auto schedule
. Remove junk/bloatware/unused toolbars
. Update all installed web browsers and install the latest versions of:
Java, Flash Player, Adobe Reader, CCleaner, Silverlight, Auslogics Disk Defrag, Puran Defrag, TeamViewer
. Update DirectX
. Update Windows
. Update graphics card drivers
. Update BIOS
. Disable Auto Restart to pause BSODs
. Check Device Manager for driverless devices and for any errors/problems
. Change Virtual Memory size to 1.5x amount of installed RAM (min + max). 1st set to 0, defragment, then increase.
. Change System Restore to 1-3% depending on size of hard drive
. Disable system restore, and then create a new restore point (only do at the very end)
. Check hard drive health with Crystal Disk Info and/or HD Tune
. Run chkdsk c: /f /r from command prompt
. Run sfc /scannow
. Mem Test 86
. Visual inspection of motherboard for swollen capacitors and brown/darkish spots
. Test the power supply
. Check AV; Install Avast if expired – custom installation -> uncheck “avast! gadget” + “Web Reputation plugin”
register, update, and disable sounds
. Check if the Firewall is enabled
. Check if the system is set to automatically receive updates
. Run Secunia online software inspector
. Run Microsoft Security Analyzer
Light malware detection (safe mode)
. Run rkill
. Run HiJackThis and scan at hijackthis.de
. Install Malwarebytes or SUPERAntiSpyware; update; run quick or full scan
Physically clean the system
. Remove internal dust
. Wipe down the exterior
. Clean the optical drive’s lens
. Change theme to Royale
. Right click taskbar -> properties: uncheck “Group similar taskbar buttons”, Check “Show Quick Launch”
customize Start Menu: uncheck “Highlight newly installed programs”, uncheck “List my most recently opened documents”
check “My Network Places”
. In the Start Menu remove the “My” in My Document etc.
. Change the Control Panel to classic view
. Start -> user picture -> Home -> Change the way users log on or off -> uncheck “Use Fast User Switching”
Windows Vista + 7
. Right click taskbar -> Start Menu -> Customize -> uncheck “Highlight newly installed programs”, check “Network”
. Access the power options: click the battery icon in the system tray and click “more power options” or open the Control
Panel and click “Power Options”.
-> “When I press the power button:” -> Select “Shutdown” for on battery and plugged in.
Antimalware Tools folder
. TDSSKiller, Malwarebytes’ Antimalware, SUPERAntiSpyware, rkill, Spybot Search & Destroy
Task Manager Fix, Complete Internet Repair, Avast
. Remove Limewire if installed and replace with Frostwire
. Install CDBurnerXP for burning discs
Last edited by Appletax; 12-12-2012 at 04:23 PM.
thanks for taking the time. Good thread and some interesting links
"Do something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life"
nice one Appletax
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1. Get computer
2. Run MRI
3. Call Customer and advise of bad hardware
4. Execute Evil Laugh
EDIT: Oh, forgot to say that this is an awesome list.... awesome thread. Thanks for sharing. Things like this help everyone to better optimize our processes.
Neutron Technologies - Grayling, MI
Virus & Malware Removal
Last edited by NeutronTech; 11-07-2010 at 09:28 PM.
Wow, that's actually a very well put together list. More information than necessary, if anything - which is by no means a complaint. Thanks!