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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.
In this next chapter, we're going to shift our focus over to some of the systems settings that you might be interested in, as an administrator here in Windows 8.1. We're going to begin with a look at our system information so we know what we're dealing with, and what settings we might want to adjust. So here from the Start screen you're not going to find any tiles for example that will get you into the System Information, or System Settings. Even if we go down to the bottom left corner, click the All Apps button and scroll through.
You'll see some options for getting into some of the settings. For example Windows Defender. There's Control Panel there, the old way of doing things. But there are set of Administrator tools that we're currently not seeing here in our start screen looking at all apps. But, we can turn it on. So from here all we're going to do is access our settings. I'm going to use the keyboard shortcut, Windows I. Next we'll click Tiles and notice that there's a slider here to show the Administrative tools.
Let's turn that on by clicking the Slider. And now I'll just click anywhere on the background to close up that pane and wait for those tools to appear. There they are, in their own category. Notice all the Admin tools that we have access to now. Including one called System Information. If we give this a click. We'll be looking at some detailed information about the system we're working with. Not just our hardware, but our operating system as well. So, you can see for me, the operating system is Windows 8.1 Pro.
I see the build, a little further down the manufacturer for my system. And even more important as I scroll down this list of system summary information, I get into memory. This is important. How much physical memory or random access memory is installed? Look at how much is available. I may need some, virtual memory, to work with programs that require more. How much is available. These might be things I need to adjust, because I was able to find this information.
Now that's just the summary. Over here on the left hand side, we can get into our hardware resources. Look at all the different categories. There's memory right there. It's going to refresh this information, and allow me to scroll through. As you can see lines and lines of information on my memory. Same thing for components and my software environment as well. Everything I need to know about my system is accessible from System Information. But we can close this up if we only need some basic information. For example, when installing software you need to know if you're working with a 32 bit system or a 64 bit system.
To find out, right here from our desktop environment, let's right-click the Start button that now appears in the bottom left corner. And from here click System. This is a different window. This is more basic information about your computer. Yes, you are going to get information about your window suggestion should be addition, but check it out down below. Underneath installed memory there is 2.00 GB tile. Also see the system type is a 32 bit operating system, even I'm using an X 64 base processor. Little further down. My computer name, domain and work group settings.
Look at this. There's a field here. Computer description that's blank. We can change these settings directly from this Window by clicking the link. On computer description, I'm going to type in lynda.com author computer. I click Apply. It now appears over here, in the System Window. I can click OK. And notice I also have access to some of the tools available through Control Panel, so if I want quick and easy access to them, I can do so directly from here. I don't have to close this down and go to Control Panel.
So that's a handy look at our System Information using basic information. Let's close that up, and we'll go back to our Start Screen using the Windows key on the keyboard. And now that we know what we're dealing with, we can start to get into changing some of those settings. Let's do that next.
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