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HELP ...a few questions from a guy who quit helpdesk job and blew out to thailand

by monkgonemad / April 7, 2004 5:05 PM PDT

after dealing with crappy bosses and even worse end losers - i bagged my job and went to live in thailand. lifes been good, few regrets but my father has fallen ill and i have to return to usa. im going to start up a tech support business - i could use any direction from the group.

w2k was just out of the box and xp in beta. im using xp in thecyber cafes here -but cant really dig in to it. answers kind people:

1. is there a site i can find more about xp home/pro and 2000 in detail? the microsoft site is daunting and tedious. where would i find cooltech stuff about the systems (such as ? below).

a. im under the impression that home has more bells and whistles for music/video, is w2k with an xp interface -would that be a true statement? pro may be more a corporate/networking o.s. ??

b. i thought i had heard that these new o.s were 'self healing' in that -if i deleted a dll or vxd file incorrectly (a la w98) it would replace the file on reboot. judging by posts i see on this board, that may not be the case.

c. are there similar tools as winipconfig,msconfig...what are they and how to access?

d. i was poking around the microsoft site and it appears that service packs for xp/2000 can be saved to disk. is this true? what about msoffice? could anyone tellme which svcpacks the products are on?

e. can machines (1-2) controlled via xp (w2k?) with th ebuilt in s/w at < thanbroadband speeds?

f. authentication. many vendors are doing this. a friend bought some bootleg s/w -but he could not authenticate. are 'workarounds' available on the underground? you can confirm/deny no need to point meto anything here..

g. hyperthread - heardit just slows the machinedown. opinions please...

h. what do you think of the intel celery chip? buy a full on p4 or is money better spent on the celeron + someother goodie -for most end users not doing lan party or photoshop lets say...

h. is there anything akin to a 'cabs' file in xp/2000?where is it located on the discs (path). could you also remind me which full directory in w98 is copied over into options\cabsfrom the w98 disc as well?

i. best desktops and laptops out there now?? my hunchis the low end dell stuff will end up beingas crappy as gateway (us399). what do you think of ibm desktop for value? dell laptops?

j. im hearing dell support sucks. can anyone confirm?

i dont want to build pc's for people, the margins are not there and if ANYTHING goes wrong, its on me. we all know its never the hardware (or software) after theburn in -but customer percetion is otherwise.

ill post more later but would be very grateful for any and all help -


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Do your own research

Just like when people sometimes post homework questions here: do it yourself. Not only will you retain more info if you do this yourself, you can generally be sure of the accuracy of the info. I could give you answers that are complete crap and you probably wouldn't know the difference, but potential customers probably would.

Besides, if you hated doing computer support before, why do you want to get back into it? I doubt things have improved much, even if you're running a small consulting firm.

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Surely Google is also available in Thailand??


All your questions can be answered by Googling!

But if you have not been keeping up to date with W2K & XP HE or Pro you may not be ready to provide Tech Support when you get back home?

Also you should make full use of the tremendous resource in XP's Help & Support Center.

However with the growing trend of outsourcing/off-shoring Tech Support to foreign countries by the large corporations like IBM/HP/DELL you may just hit pay dirt if you provide in-home technical support provided you know what you are doing.

Good luck.

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