How to Teach Yourself Computer Repair

By Angie Briggs

Learning how to repair computers can save you money when something goes wrong, and it can even turn into a rewarding career. If you have a decent understanding of computers and how they work, then you are on the right path. Diagnosing hardware and software errors is sometimes the hardest part, once you have a good understanding of the inner workings of computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer tool kit
  • A+ certification book or other hardware repair reference
  • Storage for file backup

Step 1

Buy a computer repair toolkit. They generally come with tools specifically for computers such as small screwdrivers and tools to pick up processors and other parts.

Step 2

Get an old computer that you can practice taking apart and troubleshooting. If you don't have a spare, ask friends and family. If you can't get one from someone you know, check used computer stores.

Step 3

Study computer components as well as proper handling and troubleshooting. Buy a reference book to look up errors and components. A+ certification books are excellent for this as they are the training guides for the computer repair certification.

Step 4

Practice fixing different errors, tearing apart and rebuilding computers. Offer to fix any problems family and friends are having with their PCs.

Step 5

Watch a professional work on a computer, if possible. Ask if you can watch when one works on your computer or a friend's. Professionals are a great source for information and tips.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always back up important data before doing repairs.
  • Be sure to check computer warranties before opening the case. If a friend or family member's computer is still under warranty, opening the computer will most likely void it.