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In Computer Literacy for Windows, author Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered.
Another device you may need to use at some point with your PC is a scanner. Setting up a scanner to work with your computer is pretty straightforward. Since each model is different though, I can't give you specific instructions for whichever scanner you have, but for the most part, all you need to do is follow the instructions that came with your scanner. My one suggestion though is to not use the software CD that comes with your scanner before checking if a new version of the software is available online. Most scanner manufacturers release periodic updates for their products, sometimes fixing bugs, other times adding features. So it is in your best interest to have the most up-to-date software on your PC.
The first step is to visit your scanner manufacturer's web site. For example, my scanner is made by HP, so I know their web site is hp.com. So, I'll go there. And then you're going to need to hunt around to find out where to check for and download new drivers for your device. HP happens to put a link right on their homepage labeled Support & Drivers. Now, I just walk through the steps of choosing to download drivers, entering my product name and number, and then I select my specific model.
Then I choose my operating system. And on this page I open up Drivers, in this case Driver(1), and I can see the latest version was released October 20th 2009, and I can click Download, and I'm going to choose to run this file so when it's downloaded, it will automatically start installing. So, now the latest software drivers are downloading into my computer and when it's done, it will automatically run the software installation. I'll just need to follow through the steps.
Now, the instructions that come with some scanners specify that you have to install the software before connecting the scanner. So, do browse through your manual or setup instructions to see if this applies to your scanner. But once the drivers are downloaded, go ahead and install them following the instructions that will appear and hook up your scanner and then you should be ready to go. In an upcoming movie, we'll take a look at the details of scanning photos and documents.
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