Computer Repair Process—A General Guide To How Long It Takes

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So, your computer has a problem, and you need to fix it. However, you might be strapped for time and need it fixed fast. Of course, depending on the problem, you may or may not get the issue fixed quickly. However, how long can you expect for a problem to fix? Does it take a few minutes, hours, or even days?

While there is no one answer we can give you about the length of time required to fix a computer problem, we can give you a rough idea of the computer repair process to help you understand why some fixes are quick while others are long.

So, with that in mind, let’s talk about the computer repair process and share with you a general guide to how long each step takes:

1. The Pre-Repair Tests

Before fixing your computer can begin, the technician will need to pre-test it to ensure it is actually broken. This means inspecting the computer to see what’s wrong. This can take a few moments to hours, depending on the problem. 

Think of it as a quick check-up to get a general sense of the issue and the possible cause of it. It’s usually a visual inspection and may include power cycling.

2. The Repairs

Depending on the cause of the problem, the repair can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. This is because some fixes are much more complex than others. For example, if you have a virus, this will likely take longer to fix than a simple hardware issue. This is because a backup may need to be done before tackling the virus problem, which can take hours.

If actual parts are damaged, the technician may have to order them online to repair the computer properly. Depending on the manufacturer and even the repair shop’s location, this can either take a day or two, to even weeks! In addition, how busy the technician is can also lengthen the time as they have other computers to work on.

3. The Post-Repair Test

After the computer has been repaired and turned on, the technician will want to go through a few more tests to ensure that it’s working properly. This can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

If your computer is still having problems after the post-repair test, it most likely needs further inspection and/or more repairs. In this case, you’ll need to do another pre-test with the technician to see what’s wrong and obtain further instructions, making the repair even longer.


Really, the length of time to repair a computer can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. Generally, if your PC has a simple software issue, the problem can be fixed within a matter of minutes to a couple of hours. On the other hand, complex software or even hardware problems may take days to repair, simply because the technician needs to spend time scouring the computer for problems and tackle them to ensure you get back a fully working computer! So, if you do need to repair your computer, always ask the technician how long it may take. They can give you a general time the fix can be made, give a take a day or two.

Finchum Fixes It offers computer services to both residential and commercial clients to meet any technological needs. If you need computer repair in Greenwood, Indianapolis, reach out to us today!


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