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Controlling content and communications with Family Safety


Windows 7 Essential Training

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In Windows 7, many of the Windows Vista integrated parental controls that you may be familiar with have been stripped out of the core operating system. And to make up for that lost functionality, Microsoft has added an extensibility framework to Windows 7 so that third party providers can add on to the parental control features that we talked about in a previous lesson. So Windows Live Family Safety is one example of such a provider, though in this case it's made by Microsoft, and it's not really a third party.
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  1. 16m 28s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Windows basics for first-time users
      13m 47s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 29m 18s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 7 versions
      6m 57s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 56s
    3. Transferring old files with Windows Easy Transfer
      7m 2s
    4. Dealing with device drivers
      6m 42s
    5. Running a Windows XP program in Windows 7
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 12s
    1. Getting familiar with the desktop
      8m 55s
    2. Handling tasks with the improved task bar
      8m 50s
    3. Accessing your favorites quickly with jump lists
      3m 59s
    4. Finding files and programs with Windows Search
      2m 18s
    5. Using the Action Center
      3m 48s
    6. Keeping information at your fingertips with desktop gadgets
      5m 22s
  4. 34m 24s
    1. Navigating folders and their contents
      6m 59s
    2. Staying organized with your own folders
      4m 44s
    3. Choosing how your folders and user interface behave
      7m 30s
    4. Sharing and protecting folders and files
      5m 27s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 48s
    6. Backing up by burning to CD or DVD
      5m 56s
  5. 24m 44s
    1. Windows Media Center
      7m 22s
    2. Playing media files with Windows Media Player
      3m 59s
    3. Organizing and sharing photos in Windows Explorer
      7m 22s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      6m 1s
  6. 24m 35s
    1. Taking notes with sticky notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      11m 33s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      4m 58s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the calculator
      5m 20s
    4. Playing Windows games
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 5s
    1. Getting under your computer's hood with the Control Panel
      5m 28s
    2. Controlling system settings
      6m 38s
    3. Controlling sound device volume settings
      6m 38s
    4. Uninstalling programs that are no longer used
      2m 42s
    5. Setting default programs
      5m 10s
    6. Exploring accessibility options
      6m 29s
  8. 21m 1s
    1. Connecting hardware with Device Stage
      2m 56s
    2. Create a home network using HomeGroup
      4m 49s
    3. Controlling what is shared on a network
      3m 26s
    4. Troubleshooting a network and HomeGroup
      3m 58s
    5. Reconnecting quickly with jump lists
      2m 18s
    6. Boosting your computer's memory with ReadyBoost
      3m 34s
  9. 31m 53s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      3m 44s
    2. Battling spyware with Windows Defender
      7m 41s
    3. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 32s
    4. Streamlining passwords in Credential Manager
      4m 38s
    5. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 49s
    6. Securing drives with BitLocker Drive Encryption
      6m 29s
  10. 15m 11s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      2m 48s
    2. Troubleshooting printer problems
      5m 15s
    3. Printing power tips
      3m 56s
    4. Printing to and viewing the XPS file format
      3m 12s
  11. 25m 4s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 53s
    2. Sharing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 56s
    3. Backing up folders and drives
      6m 36s
    4. Restoring files and drives
      4m 39s
    5. Handling an entire system crash
      6m 0s
  12. 28m 23s
    1. Exploring changes to the UI
      4m 46s
    2. Access sites quickly using Favorites and History
      5m 17s
    3. Connecting to RSS feeds and web slices
      6m 1s
    4. Displaying similar sites with Suggested Sites
      2m 16s
    5. Browsing without navigating using accelerators
      6m 36s
    6. Keeping your browsing private using InPrivate Browsing and filtering
      3m 27s
  13. 1h 14m
    1. Setting up your Windows Live profile
      4m 37s
    2. Downloading Windows Live Essentials
      2m 23s
    3. Tracking dates and events with the Windows Live calendar
      7m 22s
    4. Free email with Windows Live Mail
      6m 14s
    5. Texting live with Windows Live Messenger
      7m 13s
    6. Organizing and sharing photos in Photo Gallery
      9m 46s
    7. Synchronizing photos on two computers with Live Sync
      4m 0s
    8. Controlling content and communications with Family Safety
      6m 26s
    9. Keeping a blog with Windows Live Writer
      6m 50s
    10. Accessing free online storage with SkyDrive
      4m 44s
    11. Creating a movie with Windows Live Movie Maker
      14m 46s
  14. 18s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Running Windows XP programs within a Windows 7 installation Accessing favorites quickly through jump lists Establishing user settings through Windows Explorer Setting up a home network with Homegroup Displaying similar sites with suggestions in Internet Explorer 8 Syncing photos on two computers with Live Sync
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Controlling content and communications with Family Safety

In Windows 7, many of the Windows Vista integrated parental controls that you may be familiar with have been stripped out of the core operating system. And to make up for that lost functionality, Microsoft has added an extensibility framework to Windows 7 so that third party providers can add on to the parental control features that we talked about in a previous lesson. So Windows Live Family Safety is one example of such a provider, though in this case it's made by Microsoft, and it's not really a third party.

Let's check it out. First, we go down to the Windows orb or the Start button > All Programs and Windows Live here. If you chose during the installation and download process to include Windows Live Family Safety, here's where it appears. Here's where we sign in to setup our Family Safety. So, you'll need your Windows Live ID and your password, and then click the Sign in button. Now, this may take a moment just to setup your Family Safety.

All of your settings will be accessible through the Internet on the Family Safety webpage at Windows Live. And once you got that set up, you are ready to start picking who is going to be monitored. So you are going to be monitoring the accounts that you have on your computer. So here you can see I am the Administrator, I am password protected and I have got some other accounts here. Notice for the children here, this is the one I want to monitor, and I don't need to monitor Karen's. So once, I have selected the accounts that I want to monitor on this computer, and keep in mind if there are other computers in your household that you'll want to setup Family Safety on them as well, you click Save.

So you can see that it's setting up Family Safety according to the accounts I have selected through those checkboxes. You can even create new accounts right from there, by the way. Now, notice a little message pops-up that some of my Windows accounts don't have passwords and to prevent children from bypassing the Family Safety, I might want to add a password to each and every account. In this case, my Guest account. So I can do it right from this window. Click Add passwords, and I am going to click the Guest account here to select it. And in this case, I want to turn it off.

So that's one option. I can turn-off the Guest account, and when I do that, they won't have access to it. Now, I could have gone down here and setup parental controls, etcetera, for any of these accounts from here. Keep in mind, we are using the Family Safety add-on from Windows Live. So, let's go back down to our taskbar. We'll go back to the Family Safety, we'll click Next, and here's the account we selected. In this case, for me, it was children. The Web filtering, you can see by default it's set to basic, Activity reporting is turned on. Contact management is not.

If you don't see everyone here, you can monitor another Windows account by clicking this link and selecting it. So to customize these settings, like I said, we are going to go to So we can close this window, but let's click this link first to open up our default browser to take us directly to that site. You may have to login, if you're not already. And here you can see my Children account, and here's where I go to edit settings and view any activity. I am going to click Edit settings. Now, here we have got Web filtering.

We know that the default is set to Basic. Only adult content is blocked with the basic; websites in other categories aren't blocked. So if you want to make a change, you just click the link Turn on web filtering already selected. And then here's the different settings we have. Strict: Blocks all websites except child-friendly sites. So depending on the age of your children, you might want that one. And then, there's also Custom down below where you get to select the categories you want to allow. So I am going to go to that one which opens up the various categories, and here are the ones that I want to allow.

So you will notice child-friendly website already selected. That's allowed. Social networking websites, I might want to allow those. And if you wanted Web mail, you might want to select that one as well. So it's really up to you which categories you select, and then you can click Save to save your changes. Now, those changes appear here, checked off. Notice also down below, under Custom here, we can choose to allow or block specific websites just by simply entering your addresses here.

So on the left-hand side, you would enter an address that you want to allow. On the right-hand side, you can see that it could be for this person only or for everyone. If you enter an address here and click the Block button, you'll be blocking it for whatever selected here on the right side as well. So, it could be for this person only or for everybody, for both allowing and blocking websites. Down below for downloads, Allow Children to download files online. You can deselect that. Now you have made another change. You need to save those changes again clicking the Save button.

Now, we have got Activity reporting as well. This is all part of Windows Live Family Safety. You'll be able to use this page to get reports of the activities. So what sites have your children been visiting? Now down below, we have just started this up so there's really no activity to look at, but you have also got the ability to choose the date ranges. You can turn it on or off if it's something you don't use. You might want to turn off Activity reporting. But when you're ready, just click Show activity, and of course, we are not going to see anything right now. A 0 appears here.

Other Internet activity and computer activity can also be monitored with this report. So here we see the family members down in the left, and you can change family members right from here on this page. It's a great little site. And if you really want to control what your children or family members are accessing on the Internet, it's a great add-on to the parental controls we talked about in a previous lesson. All right, so when you're done you can sign out or just simply close up to stay signed in. We can close that window now, and here we are back to our family safety user accounts.

A little message may pop up. You may see Windows Live Family Safety Settings have been updated. You can close that message by clicking the Close button. So at any time you can go back to that website to edit your settings, monitor reports and read them, check them out, lots of cool features, and with Windows Live Family Safety you can feel confident and in control over what can be accessed by family members.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Windows 7 Essential Training .

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Q: Is there a way to share files and printers between computers on network running Windows XP and Windows 7 without using the HomeGroup share method of Windows 7, since XP does not have this feature?
A: While Windows XP does not support the new HomeGroup found in Windows 7, there is another way to share files and printers between the two operating systems.  There are a number of steps to follow, but they are all listed here:
Q: Is it possible for a computer running Windows XP to join a Windows 7 HomeGroup?
A: Unfortunately, only Windows 7 supports HomeGroup.  If the Windows XP computer must connect with the Windows 7 computer, there are have two options:

1.  Upgrade the XP machine to Windows 7 and joining will be no problem.
2.  Change the Windows 7 HomeGroup to a regular Workgroup and the XP machine will be able to connect to it.  

Here are the steps to changing a HomeGroup to a Workgroup:
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click the Start button at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click the link for "View your active networks.” 
  4. In the next window choose "Work network." That will switch the group from a HomeGroup to a Workgroup so the two computers can talk to each other. However, the same workgroup name and share folders in Explorer must be assigned to both computers before they can be networked.
For ease of use, if there is already an existing HomeGroup on the Windows 7 computer, upgrading the XP machine to Windows 7 would be the recommended course of action. There is a course in the Online Training Library, Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, that explains the steps for transitioning to Windows 7.
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