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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.
One great way to ensure your Windows computer is running smoothly and you're not experiencing any issues that could threaten security, is to use the Action Center. It's been around forever. We're going to take a look at it now here in Windows 8.1. And the fastest way to get it, is to simply start typing Action from the Start screen. When you do, you'll see we have the Action Center, as well as View Recommended Actions to keep Windows running smoothly. They're both the same thing. Let's go to the Action Center. It does take us to the old desktop environment, where you may or may not see some issues.
But with Action Center selected, down below you'll see Categories. So for security I don't see anything. I can expand the Security section, see some of those settings, looks like everything's turned on here and okay. And then we get back down into Maintenance. For me, I have something here, which is to finish installing device software. It looks like. One or more of my devices connected to this PC is needing some additional software to work properly, and I can do that right from here by clicking Install. All I have to do is follow the prompts, and away we go.
Checking for updates, it look like it's for my Logitech device. No updates. I click Finish and I'm done. Just like that. Now I'm going to collapse the Security section and now I have no Maintenance issues. But let's say one of my settings was set inappropriately. Let's go over here to the bottom left hand corner. Remember Windows Update, we talked about it in the previous movie. Give that a click. Let's say we have changed our settings. We'll go over here to the left to change them from here to, never update. Never check for updates. We'll give that a click and click, OK.
Now when we click the back button, you'll notice we do have a security issue. It's color coded. This time it's red. The last one. Wasn't really an urgent issue and appeared with a yellow bar down the left. This one is more urgent. And we should change our settings. There's a link to do it, right here, by clicking the Change Settings button. So we get right back in here. Install Updates Automatically is the option. Or we could go to Let Me Choose, which gives us the same options we saw a moment ago. Let's click Cancel and do it ourselves. We'll go to Windows Update, from here we'll click Change Settings just as we did before and from the drop down, install updates automatically.
Now when we click OK, you can see it's checking for updates right away. Just in case we miss something and now we can hit the Back button to go back to our Action Center. Look at that, no issues, everything's running properly. So the Action Center is a great place to go if you want to see what's going on. See if there are any issues that need your attention, and those little messages that pop up. You can pick and choose which ones you are going to see from the Action Center by clicking. Change Action Center settings. Let's give it a click.
Notice by default everything is checked off. Security Messages, Maintenance Messages, they're all going to pop up unless you turn them off from here by deselecting their check boxes. So if you're not worried about File History for example, Stored Spaces and Work Folders, you won't get Maintenance Messages about those areas. I like to know what's going on about everything, so then I'll leave them all checked, and click OK. All right, let's close up the Action Center, still here in Windows 8.1, a nice little feature that will always keep you up-to-date with the goings-on in your Windows 8.1 computer.
Let's press the Windows key to go back to our Start screen.
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