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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.
If you like to play games on your computer, Windows 7 comes with a number of games that you can play against the computer or even go online and play against other opponents. Let's check them out, right now. Go down to the Windows Orb, choose All Programs and you'll find a category or folder named Games. When you click Games you'll notice a number of different games to choose from, some of which have the word Internet in front and that means you're going to be going online and playing against other opponents who are also online. Another game that's very popular and has been around since the very beginning of Windows is Solitaire.
Let's just click that for a moment. It's the same old solitaire game with the different options you're probably used to. I always wondered when I was teaching Windows, when it first came out, why they included a game as part of the user interface. Well, it's the first thing we did in every class. People who had never used a mouse before, could get used to clicking and dragging. They could get used to a single-click and how a double-click works as a shortcut. So that's what solitaire was all about. But of course, it's a nice way to pass the time now. Let's just close that up.
You can save your games now. We'll choose not to save this and go back to the Windows Orb and we'll go up to All Programs and Games again. This time, let's check out one of the Internet games. For example, Internet Checkers. Now you'll notice as you hover over these that you can play these games against online opponents, so that's what it says. So when we click Internet Checkers, you'll see a little bit of information that shows up by default. It matches you with players around the world by sending some computer information. You don't have to worry about it.
There is a unique ID to Microsoft and none of your own information is sent around, and you can choose not to show this message every time you launch. I am going to leave it checked and click Play. You can see it's connecting to the server. It just takes a moment. Other people are also connecting and down below you're going to see information. You're playing as White and Red is ready to chat, but if you don't want to chat and send messages to your opponent, you can choose not to, by turning the Chat off and you'll notice it's my turn at this point, says, Your Turn. So you just move one of our checkers and now it's Red's turn, your opponent's turn.
You can see how this goes back and forth, with playing somebody online. Now if you want to quit, you can choose Resign. You are going to loose the game. Answer yes. Red wins! Same thing will happen if you close this up. It counts as a loss. You can see in your statistics, if you answer Yes and you've closed up the game. So have fun exploring some of the games that are available to you here through Windows 7, some of which will allow you to play on your own computer, against the computer, others which allow you to go online and play against other opponents.
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