Windows 7 Essential Training

with David Rivers
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Windows 7 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 6h 31m Beginner


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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(Music playing) Hi, I am David Rivers and welcome to Windows 7 Essential Training. In this course, I'll show you with everything you need to know to maximize your experience in the new Windows 7 environment. Now for those who are new to Windows in general, I'll begin by showing you some of the basics you'll need to know to function efficiently in any Windows environment. Then you'll learn everything you need to know to make the switch to Windows 7, beginning with an assessment of your hardware. How to transfer your old files to your new environment, and even how to your old XP programs in Windows 7.

I will show you how to take advantage of changes made to the user interface to improve your overall efficiency. We'll explore multitasking with the Taskbar, and how to save time by using Jump Lists. Window 7 includes several programs, tools, and utilities for working with photos, music, and video. I'll show you how to use the Media Center to simplify your experience when working with these types of files. You will learn all about the media player for playing music, and video. I will show you how to use the Photo Gallery to share and organize your photos, and you'll learn how to take pictures of your computer screen with the Snipping tool.

If you're upgrading to Windows 7, you'll likely want to upgrade to Windows Explorer 8, and Windows Live Essentials, both of which provide additional tools and accessories, which will enhance your Windows 7 experience. You'll learn how to use Web Slices, and Accelerators to help you work more efficiently in Internet Explorer, and I'll show you how to stay connected with your online community using tools like Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail, Sync, Writer and even Movie Maker. Now my goal in this course is to show you how you can greatly improve your experience with Windows 7, using many of the powerful, and time saving features built right in.

So with so much to cover let's get started.

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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