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Sunday, March 15, 2009

TechnoGrannyShow, Repair versus Replace Your Computer

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Talking Points – When to Repair versus Replace your Computer
About CMIT Solutions of Wexford
CM IT Solutions of Wexford was founded by Karen Stephens in 2005 to provide IT Services to small and mid-sized businesses in the Pittsburgh communities in Northern Allegheny and Southern Butler counties. CMIT’s Microsoft certified staff can provide specific, one-time solutions, or serve as a complete outsourced IT department. CMIT’s sister company is The Computer Café. The Computer Café offers drop-off computer repair services for individuals and small businesses from their shop in Wexford.
724-935-2010; website:
The Computer Café:
724-776-5860; website:; shop: 12300 Perry Hwy, Wexford
• Is now a good time to upgrade to a new computer?
o Discuss – Pricing
o Discuss – windows 7 versus Vista; upgrade program
• What can I do to improve my system performance until then?
o Discuss – system optimization
o Discuss – memory upgrades
• What if your computer is not functioning?
o Discuss – Viruses versus hardware issues
• What about antivirus software?
o Discuss – Antivirus not always effective
• What does virus removal and system optimization typically cost?
o Discuss – typical charges
• If the problem is a hardware issue does that mean that it should be replaced?
o Discuss – Most common hardware failures, which ones are worth replacing
o Discuss – Desktop versus laptop repair
o Discuss – Factoring in Age & General condition of the PC
• Why are laptops more expensive to repair?
o Discuss – Laptop configuration
o Discuss – Strategies for extending the life of the laptop until Windows 7
• So let’s say that I have an older PC with a bad motherboard. I want to replace it but I need the information on it. Do I have to repair the old PC to get my data back?
o Discuss – Importance of Backups
o Discuss – Data Recovery
• Will I get all my programs back?
o Discuss – Software needs to be reinstalled
• Summary/Recap
Karen S. Stephens
CMIT Solutions
7500 Brooktree Dr. Suite 101
Wexford, PA 15090

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