Basic DIY Computer Repair

computer repair, computer serviceARE YOU TIRED OF SPENDING hundreds of dollars on fixing your PC? Many computer repair service shops charge a hefty amount to fix things that you might not have known that you can easily do yourself. Some common problems that many people run into with their PC are things such as; a frozen screen, automatic rebooting, error messages and even your PC running too slow. Being able to service these issues yourself will save you on a lot of time and money that could have been easily wasted. Will Power PCS is one of the leading computer repair shops in Albany and wants to help make your life as simple as possible by providing you with this easy do-it-yourself computer repair guide.

How To Fix A Frozen Screen

A frozen computer screen can be stressful and frustrating if you are in the midst of working on an important assignment or simply trying to stream a movie. In many instances, a PC will freeze due to an error with a particular program. Following these simple tips can help solve your problem:

  • Open Task Manager– Press and hold “Ctrl”, “Alt” and “Delete” to open the Task Manager window. Under the Applications Tab you are going to want to check to see if any programs are listed as “Not Responding”. If you can locate the program that is currently not responding you will want to hit “End Task” to ultimately close down the program. If this has solved your current problem you will want to check to see if any updates are available for the program that malfunctioned so that you do not run into this error again.
  • Restart– Computer errors are commonly glitches that are a one-time deal. Often, restarting your PC can be an easy solution. If you have not been able to identify the problem through the Task Manager,  you can press and hold the power button down to manually shut off your device.
  • Run You PCs Update– Many computer devices are commonly equipped with automatic software updates. If none of the above suggestions have worked for your frozen computer screen, that may mean that you have encountered a virus or bug that is infecting your PC. You will want to run a full system scan with your anti-virus software to remove any harmful bugs/viruses that are found during the scan. The best way to get the most accurate results from the scan is by making sure that your anti-virus program is up-to-date and currently active.

If you are still experiencing multiple freeze-ups then it may be time to move on to more advanced trouble shooting. If you are still experiencing errors with your PC then do not continue to stress yourself out, let Will Power PCS get your PC up and running in financially sound and timely manner. 

How To Fix Automatic Rebooting 

If your device automatically reboots itself, it can cause you unnecessary stress and ultimately be the main cause in why you are losing important data. Here are a few simple steps to help solve this reoccurring problem:

  • Power Up Your PC– Before the Windows logo appears, repeatedly press the F8 key until the boot menu appears. You will want to select Safe Mode.
  • Safe Mode– Once your PC is running in Safe Mode, you will want to select the Start button. Then you are going to type sysdm.cpl and select sysdm.cpl.
  • Advanced Tab– After clicking on the Advanced Tab, you will select the Settings button under ‘Startup and Recovery‘. You will want to uncheck Automatically Restart. Once you have unchecked the box, hit OK and reboot. You PC will most likely crash and most likely offer a hint about what may be wrong with your PC.

If you are unable to identify and/or fix the rebooting issue it could be caused by a bad auto loader. You can also:

  • Boot up your PC into Safe Mode
  • Launch Windows’ MSConfig program
  • Select the Startup tab

Uncheck all programs that load automatically when you boot up your PC

If you can successfully boot up your PC after following the above steps, you may want to play around with rechecking some auto loaders. If you have not been able to solve the problem with your PC after following these simple steps let Will Power PCS take a look, and diagnose the problem with free of charge. We always offer 100% free diagnostics!

How To Fix A Blue Screen

One common problem that many PCs experience is the notorious blue screen. Imagine that you’re chipping away at a critical project, and all of a sudden your screen is loaded with apparently indistinguishable white content against a blue screen. There’s no other option for you yet to reboot your PC and trust that everything essential was saved to your hard drive. If you are repeatedly experiencing these blue screens then you may have a problem on your hands.

The first thing you will want to do if you are experiencing these screens is to find out as much information as you can about why they are occurring. Once you have obtained the information you can search the web to find a more in-depth definition of the problem that you are experiencing.

You will find important data immediately below the first paragraph and under the ‘Technical Information’ label towards the bottom of the blue screen. 

This information you will want to research on the web to hopefully be able to diagnose the problem that your PC is facing. Here are some additional steps that you can take to help get a better idea of what may be happening to your PC:

  • Diagnose your hard drive.
  • Update your drivers.
  • Check the health of your RAM.

If you still cannot successfully diagnose/fix the problem with the information that you obtain, Call Will Power PCS today and we will diagnose the problem for you, free of charge! 

How To Fix Error Messages

Over time all PCs undergo the common ware and tare of daily usage. This can lead to the random error messages that may pop up on your screen from time to time. Once these messages begin, you will most likely notice that your software programs are running much slower then usual. This will ultimately lead to crashes and lock-ups. These error messages not only cause you stress and wasted time but they can also cause your PC to become unusable. The first step you will want to take in correcting this problem is to run critical repairs:

  • PC Repair Power Tool– This option diagnoses and fixes common causes of errors, system failures and crashes – with the click of a button.
  1. In System Mechanic, select the Toolbox option and then click All-in-one Tools.
  2. In the Power Tools section, select PC Repair and click Start.
  3. The simple 2-screen wizard will diagnose your PC and most likely run the repairs that your PC may need.
  • Individual Tools– With Individual Tools, this option allows you to run the repairs that you specifically choose. You can run them with the settings that you want or automatically.
  1. In System Mechanic, select the Toolbox option and then click Individual Tools.
  2. Select the Repair Problems
  3. Next to the desired repair, select Start. This will allow you to choose from the following options:
  • Registry Tuner– Repair Registry Problems
  • Shortcut Repair– Repair Broken Shortcuts
  • Drive Medic– Repair Hard Drive Problems
  • System Troubleshooter– Troubleshoot System Problems

These options will allow you to choose the best repair that you feel will help eliminate the problem that you are experiencing with your PC. If these options still have not corrected your problem, Call us Today to eliminate the stress that your PC may be giving you.

Following this guide will help allow you to diagnose and hopefully fix any and all of the problems that your PC may be experiencing. On the off chance that your computer may be facing other issues or problems that are not mentioned in the guide above, contact Will Power PCS for a FREE DIAGNOSTICS and quote on computer repair services.

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Patricia Yager
Patricia Yager
12:30 30 Jul 19
This is the place to do business with. Their service contract includes remote service, which is great, because the issues always arise during non-business hours. We just purchased a new laptop from them, and software was loaded remotely. Will is very knowledgeable and honest. We have been doing business with him for years.
Cornelius Tavarres
Cornelius Tavarres
12:26 10 Jun 19
Fantastic Experience!Will designed us an awesome website in a timely manner for our new business . The price of the website was very very reasonable and any adjustments that were needed to the website was done immediately. Very very professional guy. I would recommend him to any new or old business that are looking to develop a new website. Awesome job Will. Thank you!!!!!!
Jen Orapello
Jen Orapello
23:40 06 Jun 19
First of all, Will stayed late the night I was going crazy finding somewhere reliable to drop off my external hard drive (which all of a sudden was no longer functioning). I called up to see how late they were open and he offered to stay a little later (since I was still a bit of a drive away) so that I could drop it off. He took a look the very next day and when he knew he couldn’t replace the part I needed right there in the shop, he assured me that another company he partners with for work like this is also good at what they do. He was right. It took a bit of time because my drive did not cooperate at first, but I am so grateful that I was able to get back all of the important files and photos that I had not yet backed up (lesson learned!). Will always got back to me when I had questions and even reached out again after everything was completed to make sure that I received everything with no trouble. I am very pleased with, and appreciative of, the service I received with Will Power PCs. I definitely recommend them to anyone in need of computer services! Thanks again so much!
david brown
david brown
13:32 28 May 19
Will Pitt reached out to me being a business next door. Since, we have done a half dozen projects together & he is by far the most knowledgeable & price friendly person/company I have dealt with within his genre.
Mike DiCocco
Mike DiCocco
23:53 13 May 19
William was patient and quick to help find out what the issue was with my laptop. Very kind and knows his stuff. Would recommend this location if you are having pc issues and need someone to help diagnose and troubleshoot in a timely and professional manner.
Lois Smith
Lois Smith
21:01 25 Apr 19
had a GREAT experience with Will Power PC........very helpful, knowledgeable, and professional. Solved all my issues. Highly recommended.
Dwain Sonnier
Dwain Sonnier
01:59 10 Apr 19
Having just moved to the area and not knowing anyone to recommend a computer repair shop, I went to the web and am very pleased to have found Mr. Pitt. This being my 9th corporate move I must say so far this business experience has been the best for me. He is available 7 days a week and when not with another customer can sign on to your home computer and take care of your urgent needs. For the years of experience he brings to the table, his rates are very appropriate for the high quality work you receive. In fact I was so satisfied with my personal computer, I had him to do some work for the company I work for. I will say, I haven't tried any other computer service in the this area and I will also say I won't. If you have any computer issues, here is the place to take those issues as they are in good hands!
John Fleury
John Fleury
22:12 08 Apr 19
William set up all of our office networking equipment and security for our new location. He is extremely responsive and did an awesome job to make sure our network was operational on our targeted live date. He is highly recommended!
Tabatha Bennett
Tabatha Bennett
14:37 30 Mar 19
Fast, friendly and great pricing! Highly recommended supporting this local business! They deserve it, very happy with my experience.
Steve B
Steve B
19:07 25 Feb 19
Outstanding service!!! My older HP Pavilion p6 desktop computer would turn on but not boot up. Will thoroughly checked it out and made all the necessary repairs. I picked up my computer the same day and it works great!!! Will Power PCs is fast, efficient, thorough, and repairs are reasonably priced. Thanks again Will.
22:20 11 Jan 18
If you are having computer problems this is the place to go. Had repairs done quickly and at a reasonable price. Everyone was friendly and helpful and I picked up a couple good suggestions.
17:22 03 Jan 18
I had an issue with a brand new computer. Will opened his shop on New Years Day just so I could drop it off! A few hours later I received a phone call, the problem was solved! I didn’t expect to hear back for a few days. Will is fast and efficient.
Shayla Tucker
Shayla Tucker
21:02 02 Jan 18
Excellent customer service! Quickly ordered in the screen I needed to repair my laptop, and had my laptop repaired and returned back to me within an hour of my dropping it off. Thanks so very much!
stephanie roy
stephanie roy
13:44 30 Dec 17
Will most certainly will be my computer specialist from now on. He does fast and very efficient work. My computer is now running like new. His prices are also very reasonable. I have another computer I will be him fix. Needless to say I am a very happy customer.
Dale Hanson
Dale Hanson
22:01 12 Dec 17
William was really helpful towards solving the problems I had. I have a custom desktop and he was able to diagnose my problems and find a solution that didn't require any additional parts. It only took him about 20 minutes to solve the issue too! He was polite when I made silly IT mistakes and even helped me root cause with an additional issue for no extra charge. If I have more issues I will definitely return here.
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