What is the proper pay?

United States
December 4, 2008 10:12am CST
what do you think the proper pay is for an IT person to reinstall windows? Or the proper pay for an IT person to recover your computer? I have a friend who says they have a IT person who will do it for $85 dollars. That is somewhat high considering my dad is a computer programmer and chargers $50 dollars an hour.
7 responses
@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
8 Dec 08
I tried converting it using our currency and installing Windows should be just around $15 only. So i guess $50 dollars is a lot fair than $85.
• United States
8 Dec 08
true very true, i just wish people didn't charge so much for such a trivial and easy task.
@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
8 Dec 08
Yeah but sometimes we can't avoid it especially when minor complications arises upon installation so it needs a little specialty in programming like your dad.
• United States
8 Dec 08
that is true, but even then after you have worked with computers for so long, it becomes like second nature, i mean he barely even pays attention to the computer anymore or what he is doing.
@prajnith (942)
• India
6 Dec 08
I have done that for my relatives and friends thousands of time, but always for free, i have explained them many times on how to reinstall but still they dont, guess they are too lazy..
• United States
8 Dec 08
My neighbors are the same way, Some things I guess are just pointless to really give information on, its a conspiracy I bet . heh. But yea seriously, I can't even remember how many times I have told someone how to reinstall something, and they are like huh? or either they are like you come do it mr. smart man.
@prajnith (942)
• India
9 Dec 08
Ya dude i get what you .. i had same experience... Have a nice day... take care..
@clickicy (571)
• Indonesia
5 Dec 08
wow. i'll be rich by now if i charge that much. sigh, i've done that too much to counts as a thank you project in the pass, sometime they gave me a burger or meal. why dont ppl try to install their os (linux or any of it) by themself. thrust me, it is easier these day as any popular os have been developed as user friendly as possible. $50? o' my god...
• United States
8 Dec 08
ah well, my dad is like the ONLY person in the IT department for the county so he can get away with that I guess. But yea, I have a friend who started his own dentist business and all he just takes me out to eat, and i Help him set up like his networking. ALso, Yes Linux is so easy...which is really ironic considering the factor that it is smaller than most platforms, only for the desktop one being around 700mb tops. Which is also again very ironic, being in my personal opinion the very best platform.
@clickicy (571)
• Indonesia
9 Dec 08
yes, linux distro use up to 2gb for desktop bundled in 1 installation cd or more. and yes, today linux distro is easy to install and use as their help and documentation are more clearer (cleaner too) compared to 10 years ago. yes, linux is my os... thank you for commenting.
• United States
8 Dec 08
If you have the windows install CD, then you don't need to pay anyone to reinstall windows. The prompts aren't that hard to understand.. it just takes time. If you don't have the windows install CD, then paying $85 for an IT tech to do it isn't such a bad idea. (It is less than the cost of buy a copy of the Windows OS as I understand it.) My only experiences is in installing Windows2000 over a Windows95 install and reinstalling Windows Xp for a friend from the backup method which came with his computer. (As I recall, there is a special key to hit during startup.) So, from my experiences, $85 seems a bit much.
• United States
8 Dec 08
quite...i mean with a fast enough computer you can install xp in no time really. and yes there si a shortcut.
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
proper pay! for an IT person, you know that installing sofware/OS, formating a computer or reparing it take a lot of time.. you just connot pay them $50 for installing your computer and make it back to its original form and he's going to take's all day just to make his customer satisfy.. proper pay, is paying a person/worker a right salary for his job, efforts and time he spend for a particular job is working for..
• United States
8 Dec 08
ah well... as far as I was informed it is only installing windows xp home ( I believe it is the home version) which really with like 2gb or more takes like no time at all.
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
same for me, i never asked for a payment when my i fix my friends PCs. anyway, i do it for a living so i think thats not counted right? but i see what luvandpower is trying to say. we should do this as a career, since we studied it right/
• United States
8 Dec 08
yes totally, you go to school for four years ( or more) to be something in such a wide field, then you just do it for free. even though I actually never went to school for the stuff...my dad did, family trade now heh.
• India
4 Dec 08
hmm really? tht much? tht's awesome :D i've helped with ppl reinstall the computer n i did it as a favour! happy lottin n have a nice day
• United States
4 Dec 08
yea i do teh same, some people are just mean like that i guess. this person just doesn't want my help( because i said i woulnd't accept money lol) so she went to this IT person and he said he would do it for 85 dollars. it is just crazy.