Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166698/how-to-optimize-and-tune-up-your-pc-without-paying-an-electronics-store/
Stores like Best Buy will charge you $49.99 to “optimize” and “tune up” your PC — either in-store or online. These services are generally a complete waste of money — you can easily do this all yourself for free.
Or you can just go to a Microsoft Store, and get all that done for free! They remove viruses and malware, clean up temp folders and system cache, remove unneeded software that slows down performance, optimize startup times, install all available updates, etc. etc. The only step they don't do is Defragmentation. They can also just reinstall the OS for free if needed, but if you want them to do a data backup, then its just $49 for data backup to any type of media you bring in.
Wait... Microsoft Stores will clean and optimize your computer for free? Even if you didn't buy it there? That's confusing.
HTG does this too often. You download PC Decrapifier, run the scan, then they want $29.99 to "fix" things. We might as well take it to staples or buy an optimizer program. If it's not free, then just say so and we won't waste our time.
If I ever see one of those 'Geek Squad' goobers within ten feet of one of my devices, I swear I'll beat them half to death with the first blunt object I can reach.
yup, bought anywhere, doesn't matter. It's always free!
I'm going to have to test that out - seems like a good article topic if we
can verify it.
i've been around here since 2008 and i've never heard this before.
please do! Let's just say I know from first hand experience. Find a store at www.microsoftstore.com Just make sure to go to a main store, not a "specialty Store," those don't offer services because they are basically just kiosks. If you happen to go to the Orlando store, ask for Jon.
The geek discusses decrapifier and other methods here under Banishing Bloatware at end of article.
I charge $99 for a tuneup. I pick up and drop off your PC at your home. Yes, you can do it yourself, but many people would rather someone just do it for them (just like an oil change, for example). I would add to the list: upgrade firmware (not always, but I at least see what is available) and check those somewhat self updating programs are up to date (java, adobe, other programs you have, etc.). Consistently the customer will tell me "it feels like a new PC!" The PC boots up and shuts down faster, has more "snap" when clicking, dragging, launching and using apps. Older PCs work just fine for folks wanting to access the web (e-mail, facebook, etc.) so a tuneup is often more cost effective than the typical desire to buy a new PC (or tablet or phone).
If you have ever met a geek squad employee you will quickly realize that ALL of them are dumber than the average computer user. The last time I had a run in with one of these morons I needed an SLI connector and when the three I talked to did not even know what I was talking about and sent the so called head guy over who proceeded to tell me I did not know what I was talking about and must have confused SLI with some other technology (he had never heard of putting more than one video card in a computer). It was at that point I gave up the idea that any of these wanna bee geeks could ever help me (or anyone for that matter). I would not trust them to blow the ghost turds out of my computer!!
I'll take up for Geek Squad Employees because they are just making minimum wage with no training and doing the best they can to earn a few bucks part time with no benefits or healthcare plan.
The Real Culprit is NOT the employees but Best Buy Corporation !!
How are the employees not the culprit? They work for Best Buy, and are representative of the company. They take the job knowing what it entails beforehand.
Best Buy is at fault for setting the price and policy, and the employees are at fault for willing to do it.
Can't blame just the corporation.
Well people need jobs, so you're going to get people that don't have a clue working for anywhere that they will be offered a job. Especially these days.
Indeed, you are absolutely right. However, just because people need a job, doesn't mean they're not to blame for things that may happen.
I would suggest one adds Secunia Personal Software Inspector (www.secunia.com) to your list of programs. It will ensure your programs (and Windows) stay updated. Secunia also seems to beat Window's update to the punch with automatic downloads.
IMHO, Disk defragmentation slows down the computer slightly. The tool that I love and I've found to be very effective is Dick Cleanup. For computers with many users, it has to be done for all users individually to make your computer visbily fast.