How to Learn PC Repair at Home

PC repair deals with both the hardware and software of a computer.

Although you can gain a PC repair education from a traditional university, this takes a lot of time and money. An easier way to learn the trade is to teach yourself PC repair at home. With the skills you learn from trying it at home, you should be able to fix both software and hardware problems on nearly any computer. PC repair skills will open your career options and make you more useful to friends and family.

Take classes from an online university. Penn Foster Career School offers an at-home PC Maintenance and Repair program that teaches you about hardware, software, networking and troubleshooting. Also try classes from CBT Direct or Delmar Learning.

Purchase a few older PCs that you can use to study on. Open up the case while the power is unplugged so you can have a look at the innards of the computer. This is a better idea than testing out PC repair concepts on your main computer as you may end up making a wrong move and damaging the computer beyond easy repair.

Read books about PC repair. There are books at varying difficulty levels so you can gain a complete education. Visit a library or a bookstore to browse their selection of PC repair books. "A+ Guide to PC Hardware Maintenance and Repair" by Michael Graves is a good book for dealing with PC hardware repair and can prepare you for A+ certification.

Subscribe to computer magazines such as PCWorld and PCMag. Not only will you learn PC repair techniques, but you will also learn about new updates in technology throughout the computer industry. Since computer technology improves drastically every year, it's important to stay up-to-date.

Watch videos about PC repair on the internet. Video Jug has an entire section of how-to videos devoted to computers. Learn about hardware, software and more. YouTube has many PC repair tutorial videos as well. Watch these videos when ever you're stuck on a problem or you want to learn a new technique.

Trisha Bartle began her writing career in 2007, with work appearing in publications such as "Adventures for the Average Woman" and DexKnows Weddings. She has also been a professional wedding photographer since 2001. Bartle holds an Associate of Applied Science in programming and game development.