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Using the Action Center


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Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Using the Action Center

A new feature to Windows 7 that builds on the security center from previous versions of Windows is the Action Center. The Action Center consolidates system notifications into a centralized location where you can monitor issues and the maintenance status of your PC. Now, you typically won't interact with the Action Center unless there is an issue with one of your tracked features and you will notice a little white flag in the system area or notification area here in the taskbar, if everything is okay. When you see a little red X like I have, it means there may be a problem or some minor issues.
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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
      47s
  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
      18s

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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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Using the Action Center

A new feature to Windows 7 that builds on the security center from previous versions of Windows is the Action Center. The Action Center consolidates system notifications into a centralized location where you can monitor issues and the maintenance status of your PC. Now, you typically won't interact with the Action Center unless there is an issue with one of your tracked features and you will notice a little white flag in the system area or notification area here in the taskbar, if everything is okay. When you see a little red X like I have, it means there may be a problem or some minor issues.

And in this case when we hover over it, you can see I have got a couple of important messages, three messages in total. When the message disappears, simply move away from the taskbar and move your mouse back down to read the rest of the message. Now, to actually view the Action Center information and address the issues that may exist, you need to click this button to gain access. So, here you can see now I have got 2 important messages, 3 total messages. I need to find an antivirus program that's important, I need to set up Windows Update and I need to Set up backup.

Those are the three messages and actually handle those things. I can go to the Action Center itself from the bottom of this window. Click Open Action Center and opens it up. Now, I am getting even more information under Security for example, Virus protection. Windows didn't find an antivirus software on this computer. So I can use this button to find a program online. Same thing for Windows Update. It's not set up for this computer. I can change the settings directly from here, by clicking the Change settings button. So, I can Install Updates automatically or choose,Let me choose to go into this part of the Control panel.

Notice the path, System and Security, Windows Update and Change settings. So, I could have got there manually. The Action Center is a convenient location where I can access all of these things. So, where it says Please select an option, I am going to choose Check for updates but let me choose whether or not to download and install them, I click OK. That saves my changes and takes me back to the Action Center. Here I can also set up a backup. So if I choose Set up backup, you can see it's starting Windows backup. This is an actual program I would have had to run using the Windows Orb for example, and search for this program or I can access it directly from the Action Center here.

And here, you can see, I have got my options, I can Save on a network, there is my two drives, Backup Destinations, etcetera. I am going to click Cancel for now. I don't need to set that up right away. As I scroll down towards the bottom of this window you can see that I have also got Troubleshooting and Recovery options directly available to me here, from the Action Center. I have also got access to some very important features on the left-hand side. I can go to the Control panel, the homepage directly from here as well, Change Action Center settings, when I click this option you can see the messages can be turned on or off and here are the Security messages, all of which are checked off, Maintenance message is also checked off.

If I don't want to see messages about Virus protection I can deselect the checkbox, any of these other ones as well and click OK. Notice down below now, in the notification area of my taskbar I have got a white flag. I no longer see that red X. That's either because I fixed the issues or turned off the notifications. And in this case, on the left-hand side I have got these yellow bars, they are not red, they are not pressing, they are not super important, but they are things I should probably address. So I am going to close up the Action Center to return on to my desktop.

So, with the new Action Center, Security and Maintenance tasks and Monitoring is consolidated into one convenient location.

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: www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/
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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