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In Windows 7 Essential Training, David Rivers helps users of any level feel comfortable with the improvements and enhancements found in Microsoft's operating system. From simple navigation through the updated graphic user interface, David shows how to install or upgrade and get the most out of Windows 7. He covers using the new Internet Explorer 8 and boosting a computer's memory with the ReadyBoost tool. He also highlights hardware configuration options and explores the advances made connecting a home or work system with Windows Live, the cloud-computing environment made available for Windows 7 users. Exercise files accompany this course.
With Windows Live SkyDrive, you can back up or store files online and even share files with other people. All you need is a Windows Live ID and you get 25 GB of free space, so let's check it out. Of course, the first thing you will need to do is sign in to your Windows Live homepage. You can see I'm still signed in, from the previous lesson where we used Windows Live Writer to create a blog post. So here I am in Windows Live. It really doesn't matter if you're at the homepage or any other page. But you will see this option, More.
Click the More button and you'll notice SkyDrive is the third option down. Select SkyDrive and it will take you to your SkyDrive space. If you have already added files here, you're going to see Recent folders. Blog images are the images that just got added here when I created my blog post. So that was automatic, but you have also got a folder called My Documents and Favorites and you can create your own folders as well. On the right-hand side you are going to see how much space you have available out of that 25 GB of free space.
When you're ready to add files, well, just click the Add files link at the top and you get to select the folder where you want to store those files. If you don't want to use one of the existing folders you can create a new folder. I am going to click New folder. I get to give it a name now. I am going to call it California and I can share that with Just me. So I have backup storage online. I am the only one who has access or I can make them public. Just My network or I can select people from my contact list.
I am going to leave it at Just me and click Next. So, all I have to do is drop files here. Where are those files? Well, if you have got the exercise files you can follow along with me, or you can experiment with any of your own files. So I am going to go down to Windows Explorer and I am going to go to the Exercise Files that I have got on the Desktop. And in the Chapter12 folder after double-clicking, I am going to double-click the 12_10 folder. And here you can see I have actually got two different types of files. I have an image and I have got a video here.
And all I have to do is drag it into that location where it says Drop files here. Watch what happens when I take Otters and just drop it right there. You can see it's about to be copied when I let go. It's copied there and now to drop the next file I have to go down here to Drop more files. So I am going to do that with my santa barbara pier video file. I am going to drop it right there, and it says Copy. When I let go, it gets added to the list. I can use this little delete button, if I want to remove any of these from the list. I am going to remove the video file, because it's quite large, just to save some time.
I can go back to my Windows Explorer and start adding more just dropping them down below. But when I am done, I'll close that up and I am ready to upload these files, in this case one image. I am going to click Upload and you can see if I had that video file, it might take a little bit longer. I can stop at any time, but once it's done, it's done. I have created the album called California. I have got it in there. There's the image that I was just copying over or backing up if you will. I still have it on my hard drive in the Exercise Files folder. But thanks to SkyDrive I have got a backup copy of this.
And if I want, I can share it with people now. Even though I chose not to originally, I can click Let people know by clicking here and I can add e-mail addresses here to invite people to view this. I can add a message down below. I am not going to do that now. But send is what you do when you're done. I am going to click Cancel. In this way they're not going to get a link to this particular file. I am going to be sharing it with just me. I can always go back to SkyDrive. Notice the link for my Windows Live account. David, there is SkyDrive there and I click that.
You are going to see all of my folders and you are going to see I have got that new one called California. That little padlock means I'm the only one who's got access to this. It's kind of locked out to everybody else. So I could have added to one of the existing folders. I have got photos you can see that were added, when I wrote a blog, the ones I just added. And at any time I can go back in here and add more files if I want to. Create more folders. If you want to remove something, all you have to do is go to-- I am going to go to California here.
You'll notice I can add more photos to California, create another folder. But I have also got this More dropdown and from here, I can delete and I'm about to permanently delete California and all it's contents when I click OK. That's all right. I don't need it any longer. It's gone from my SkyDrive. So don't forget with your Windows Live ID you get 25 GB of free online storage using SkyDrive and it's a great way to backup your files online or even share them with others.
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