IT Tool Box or DIY Computer Repairs Tool Kit, all the software you need to repair a
How to make your Tool Box ...
Before you need IT!
When it comes to
troubleshooting and then repairing your computer not all problems are hardware,
to find the problem you need something to start the computer to do diagnostics,
this is a great place to start.
The seven essential software tools you need in your IT Tool Box to troubleshoot, repair, and maintain your
computer, or what every tech or geek has in their pocket on a pen drive!
Also known as:
- computer repair tools
- computer repair kits
An IT Toolbox will help you diagnose problems, troubleshoot, and repair your
computer. From bringing a dead system back to life to keeping that computer in
tip top condition.
These are some of the things I use when I am working on a computer from a
dead system to optimizing the OS to make it faster. Each link will open in a new
window so you can stay on this page as you gather your tools for your Tool
Hardware wise to repair a computer you will need:
- Cross point #3 screw driver (also known as a Philips
- Common screw driver (also known as a flat tip).
- Maybe a #8 Torx driver.
- Wrist ground strap.
Why you need each software item in your IT Tool Box (geek to everyday
- BartPE can be installed on a cd, USB flash drive, or an external bootable
hard drive. This is a Preinstall Environment (PE), this allows you to: Fix a
boot problem, extract data files from a failed OS (Operating System) before reloading it, diagnose
hardware problems. Replace or remove drivers that has caused a 'Blue Screen Of
Run anti virus, anti spyware, and anti Trojan programs to clean a highly
infected system. Create or restore a ghost image of a partition. (BartPE will
not see newer Operating Systems nor will newer computers load the PE of XP
with out additional drivers for the SATA II and III.)
- ERD Commander is also a PE bootable OS, although no longer supported or sold
by Microsoft it may be available for purchase on some web sites. It will allow
you to fix boot problems, registry problems, extract data files from a hard
drive the OS has failed on, and diagnose hardware problems. All the things that
BartPE will do. In addition the last version will repair boot/registry/driver
files automatically if you direct it to on startup. (ERD Commander will not see
newer Operating Systems nor will newer computers load the PE of XP with out
additional drivers for the SATA II and III.)
- Windows 7 ERD. Using Windows 7 backup program to create a boot Emergency Repair
Disc. I made a boot ERD with Vista but the darn thing wouldn't work. Where as
with Windows 7 I have repaired Windows 7 and Vista. I also have re-imaged a
couple of computers with XP installed. If you have access or have a Windows 7
Operating System installed it would be a great idea to create the boot CD (it
could be a DVD but that would be a waste of space, you can not add any files to
the CD/DVD or it will not boot).
Note: With the Windows 7 Emergency Repair Disc any additional tools such as those listed below need to be on a separate
device such as another CD or pen/flash drive or on another drive in the
make your own
- Bootable device, a separate bootable device is required now days because DOS
will not do you any good if you want to access your data on a Windows Operating
System. You need a device that will hold an OS that will access the Windows OS,
these PE Operating Systems are to large for a floppy, you will need at least 250
meg of space to install them. So you need to make a bootable CD, USB Flash
drive, or bootable external hard drive.
- DOS, with 32 bit and 64 bit Operating Systems the hardware in the
computer is protected from direct access. By keeping programs from accessing
the hardware directly the Operating System is protected, that is a program
testing the hardware can not crash (most of the time) the Operating System.
With DOS you have direct contact and control of the hardware, testing and
diagnostic results are more reliable. It is also the smallest, fastest, and
most robust Operating System designed. Although not essential for a IT Tool
Box having a device with DOS on it will come in handy.
Imaging programs - Ghost is a program that will make an image of your hard drive volumes. This
is very useful as a backup for recovery purposes. Suppose you needed a special
program, you go out to the internet and find some programs that are 30 day
trial. You install the program but it isn't what you expected. Then when you go
to uninstall the program it trashes your OS so bad it won't start. You can
reinstall the OS and all your programs to get the system back where it was
before installing the trial program or you can just put your backup image back
on the hard drive. Thus saving you countless hours and trying to find all those cd keys. You can run this program from DOS, BartPE, ERD, or for a non OS
partition from Windows.
- Anti Virus, Spyware, Trojan, and Malware detection and removal programs are needed to keep
hackers/crackers/thieves from gaining access to your data. You should have them
installed on the computer and also have a version that will run from your
bootable device. If you run these programs from a bootable device you stand a
better chance of cleaning out all infections than you would if your computer was
- A How to guides & manuals are handy if you are not familiar with all the tasks you need to
do when repairing a computer from cleaning out infections to upgrading your
DIY Computer Repairs Checklists and
Guides individual printable checklists or guides
for a single task, each one written in everyday English that takes you through
the repair or task step by step in an easy 1-2-3 process. You can print the one(s) you need and put them in a binder for fast easy access. And decrease
the time it takes to do your repairs.
Software items you would do well to have available:
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For ERD Commander or the Windows 7/8 ERD you can use a cd or a pen drive for
your IT Tool Box.
You will find more IT Tool Kit
software suggestions in the
Self Computer Repair Unleashed! 2nd Edition E-Book..
For BartPE I would suggest you use a pen drive because when you run the
you can add more tools to the drive with out corrupting the file system on the
pen drive, a suggestion for your IT Tool Box.
This IT Tool Box will help you resolve those problems (issues as the
IT dept calls them
Here is a
tutorial on BartPE and ERD Commander.
All the above programs, tutorials, checklists, and guides can be on one device
(such as a cd / dvd or flash drive) however DOS will not run the 32 or 64 bit
programs, if you need DOS you should use a separate media.
Stuck with the generic Windows 7 / 8 Emergency Repair Disk? You can
make your own,
before you go consider this:
Is it better to have IT and not need IT or really need IT bad and not
IT Tool Box?
the job DONE!