Windows 7 Essential Training
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Texting live with Windows Live Messenger


Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Texting live with Windows Live Messenger

Instant messaging has become extremely popular over the years. Live chatting allows you to hold live conversations with other people via the keyboard. While Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, which is a great tool for accomplishing just that. You going to have live conversations without picking up the phone. You can do up while you're working on other things in your computer. So let's explore it now, we will click the Windows orb and All Programs. Under Windows Live, that's where you'll find Windows Live Messenger. Now clicking this opens up the window but does not sign you in.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course Windows 7 Essential Training
6h 31m Beginner Oct 22, 2009

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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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David Rivers

Texting live with Windows Live Messenger

Instant messaging has become extremely popular over the years. Live chatting allows you to hold live conversations with other people via the keyboard. While Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, which is a great tool for accomplishing just that. You going to have live conversations without picking up the phone. You can do up while you're working on other things in your computer. So let's explore it now, we will click the Windows orb and All Programs. Under Windows Live, that's where you'll find Windows Live Messenger. Now clicking this opens up the window but does not sign you in.

There's a couple of things you can do before you sign in. First of all, you can choose your profile. You can see the one I set up in a previous lesson here shows up by default, but you might have multiple profiles and you can login by clicking the dropdown and choosing something different. I am going to keep my default. I also chose when I set up Windows Live Essentials to login on this computer and remember my password. So it's remembered here as well. I don't have to type in my password. All I have to do is click Sign In, but just before I do, something interesting here is you choose what status should be displayed when you sign in.

If I leave it at Available, the moment I sign in, anyone who is on my contact list who has chatted with me or has made up a contact using my profile will see that I've logged in and might start messaging me right away. If you don't want that to happen, change the status, click the dropdown button, show yourself as Busy, Away or even to appear offline even when you're online, you can do that, so when you login you are not inundated with messages. But I am going to choose Available. That's okay and click Sign In.

Now, when you sign in, additional information is going to pop up. First of all, you're going to see this window show up over here on the right-hand side. It gives you quick access to your mail, there's the Windows Live, Home, Bing, etcetera. But you can close that up if you're not interested, no problem and over here you can see a list of your contacts. If this is your first time logging in like it is for me, you won't see any contacts. You'll see some buttons though. For example, up at the top, your own photo can appear here, but it's also a button that allows you to go in, change your profile, add a photo to show up up here and view online files for example in your contact cards.

So, all you have to do is hover over that button to make those changes. Over here you'll notice the little envelopes to go directly to your e-mail box and down below we have got some buttons. Here's where we can go to add a contact or a group of contacts. We can change the list, layout, the way it appears. We will need to see some contacts before we explore that any further. We can also show the menu bar. So, here if I wanted to see what's on the File menu, I have got things like signing out, and go to, sending files, and this is very similar to a menu bar that might show up across the top of a window.

Here you have got your categories and your subcategories. For example, if I to want to go to my Windows Live Messenger Options, I could do it right from here. You can see I can type the name that I want others to see, if I don't want just see my profile or e-mail address. I could type something else in here like David R. I could also add a personal message directly from here. I am just going to click OK to save that and close up the window. You can see my name's changed at the top. Still my Windows Live Profile that's been used to login, but this is what people will see.

All right, time to add a contact. We can do it by clicking the Add a contact or group button or we can do it right here from our Welcome To Messenger message. Click Add a contact in you will see the exact same thing. Now we just need the address and hopefully they've got Windows Live Messenger as well. So I am going to use somebody I know who does. That's me, using a different account. Just another dummy account I set up and I can add some additional information like a number and a category, but I am going to click Next. If I wanted to, I can include a message to go to this person right now, also send them an e-mail in case they don't have Messenger, but I am going to just send the invitation.

Let's just type something quickly. Will you chat with me? All right, when we click Send invitation, off it goes to that e-mail address if they got Windows Live Messenger. You will be able to add them as a contact and just before we click Close, you will notice we can also add this person to our online profile page, if you have got your Windows Live account set up on your profile page, you can have them show up there as well when you login. So, I am going to do that. You can see it opens up Internet Explorer. It's going to take me to that page. Here I can confirm my name. I am going to click Save and the invitation goes out to Rave Divers, so this is a different screen now.

So I can send the invitation from here as well and you can see it's busy sending out that invitation and there we go. So I am going to close up this for now. It's going to take me back to my Windows Live Messenger window and now you can see, I have got here under offline, David. So I've actually got this person on my contact list and I can click that name to send an offline instant message, if I wanted to. That means when they log in, they will get my message, send them an e-mail, I can do lots from here.

I am going to send an offline message. Here you can see a little bit of information about how that works and next time they sign in, they will get your message, click OK and David Rivers appears to be offline. That's OK. Here's where we go to type in our message and notice there is some information here. If you have never used this before, you shouldn't be including information like your own passwords and credit card numbers in an instant message like this. So let's just come back down here where we were typing our message. We will see it appear up here. Hi Dave, call me when you get this message.

Maybe I want to add a little emoticon, a little smiley face at the end. All I do here is Enter or Return on a keyboard and the message is sent. Now it couldn't be delivered to all recipients. That's because the other guy is not online, but when he logs in, he will get it. So that's how instant messaging works and when we close this window we are still going to be logged in. we can save all of our text conversations. That's something else that's important to know and when you log out or close up a window like this, you have the options to save your messages on this computer or not save your messages and that's the default.

When you click OK, conversation is gone and you're back to your Windows Live Messenger window. So, here you can start to build up your contact list. Remember if you chose to have those appear on your profile page, you will see the same contacts when you log into your Windows Live account and when you're done, just closing this window is not enough. Notice when I close, it still appears down hear on my taskbar and it looks like I am still available. I have just closed it up from my desktop, but if you right-click down here, you'll see some other options like, Close the window.

When you close the window from here you will actually exit Messenger and you'll appear offline because you are offline at this point. So, that's instant messaging with Windows Live Messenger.

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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