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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center


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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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Video: Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center

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.
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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 7 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

Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center

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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