Dear Computer Lady,
One of my older laptops will no longer connect wirelessly to the internet.
I took it to a repair shop and they said I need to clean out the hard drive and reinstall Windows and they could do it for $130.
I don’t want to pay to have it done if I can do it myself. Is this possible?
Thank you for any help. Kathy
The repair shop sounds like they know what probably needs to be done to fix your computer, and they are asking a decent price for the job. I charge almost the same price for a clean install of windows in my shop.
As for your question, it is really two questions rolled into one.
Is it possible for you to do this clean install of windows yourself? Yes, if you have the right knowledge and the right “tools” then it is possible for you to do this job yourself.
Can you do this clean install yourself? Only you can really answer that question, and I’m guessing that if you don’t know for sure that you can do it, then probably you are not ready.
There are a lot of things that you will need to know how to do like install hardware drivers, install all the windows updates, re-install all your programs and security software. You will also need to know how your particular computer accesses the recovery program, if it is on the hard drive or on disks, and what steps you need to do to make sure you are doing a complete recovery.
If you read the paragraph above and know how to do those things, then go for it. (Backup all your information first!!) The worst that can happen is that you won’t be successful and you will have to bring it into the computer shop.
If you want to learn how to do this yourself, check your local school to see if there are adult classes available.