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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
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Removing unwanted applications


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Removing unwanted applications

At some point in time you may find the need to uninstall an app or a program that you've installed here in Windows 8.1. Maybe you're running out of disk space. Maybe you just have apps that you've never used and you don't need them using up valuable space. In any event, there are different ways to uninstall apps and programs in the old desktop environment and that's what we're going to do in this movie. Let's begin with uninstalling a Windows 8.1 modern app, one of the tiles we see on the Start screen, for example. All you do is right click the tile.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training
5h 3m Appropriate for all Oct 17, 2013

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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Using touch screens and gestures
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Working with photos
  • Managing contacts in the People app
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to other PCs and devices
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Productivity Home + Small Office
Software:
Windows
Author:
David Rivers

Removing unwanted applications

At some point in time you may find the need to uninstall an app or a program that you've installed here in Windows 8.1. Maybe you're running out of disk space. Maybe you just have apps that you've never used and you don't need them using up valuable space. In any event, there are different ways to uninstall apps and programs in the old desktop environment and that's what we're going to do in this movie. Let's begin with uninstalling a Windows 8.1 modern app, one of the tiles we see on the Start screen, for example. All you do is right click the tile.

Maybe I don't use the video app. I right click, and down below on the app bar I see an option to uninstall. Click that, and I'll need to confirm that I really want to do this. I'll be uninstalling the app and its related info from the PC. If you don't want to uninstall it, just click anywhere in the background to close that up. Click it again in the background and you're back where you started. Now, you might want to instead take a look at all of your apps. See how much room they're taking up on your PC and then pick and choose the ones you want to install.

In that case you can use Settings. I'm going to use Windows+I, the keyboard shortcut to open up Settings. Next we'll click Change PC Settings down in the bottom right corner. And from here down the left hand side we'll go to Search and apps. When we do that we have Search and app settings. We're going to App sizes. Click that. It may take a moment to list all of your apps, but you'll see their sizes with the largest one at the top. There's the video app. It does take up quite a bit of space.

Click it and you'll see an Uninstall option. And again, you'll need to confirm. If you didn't really mean to do that, no problem. Just go back and press the windows key on your keyboard to return to your Start screen. What about those ones that run in the old desktop environment. If you've installed anything there, you need to go there to uninstall it. So we'll go to our Desktop by clicking the Desktop tile. Next, we'll access Control Panel. We can right click the Start button at the bottom left hand corner, and choose Control Panel from the pop up menu.

And from here you'll see under Programs, Uninstall a program. Give that a click. You'll see anything that's been installed in this environment. And all you have to do is select the one you want to remove, and you can uninstall it by clicking Uninstall or Change this program. When you click it, it may take a moment to display information about that. You can see where it's uninstalling from, and you can follow the steps to do it. If you didn't really want to do it, you want to keep it, just click Cancel at any time, and you're right back.

Those are a few different ways to uninstall apps and programs you may have installed in this old desktop environment. Let's return to our Start screen before we look at some additional settings here in Windows 8.1.

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