Quote: Originally Posted by Brink
This is tough situation since it's one of your oldest friends.
You might consider explaining to him that if you are going to have to repair his computer everytime you turn around due to his lack of caring about basic security and maintenance, that you're going to have to charge him for your time since it takes a lot of it.
To make it not feel like such a shock to him, you could say that since are good friends you would not charge him full professional rates, and ask him to check out how much it would cost for Best Buy or other computer shops to do the work you do for him. For example $250 for a simple reinstall of Windows. He may be quite shocked how much it would have cost him, and hopefully be more appreciative of what you do for him, and may even start taking better care of his PC.
The above is perfect.
You might also consider that you're friend just doesn't care because he knows he has you to bail him out. As was told to me by my mother, and I to my kids.... people don't appreciate things until they have to pay for them themselves.
My daughter was like that with her car, always having me take care of it until one day I had to put my foot down. Now see takes extra care because she knows it's very costly not to do so.
And yeah, having him go by best buy and inquiring about repairs is a great idea, even if you have to drag him there yourself.