Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Choose the right training course, part of Windows 10 Creators Update Essential Training (2017).
- [Instructor] Before we get started with Windows 10 Essential Training, it's important that you take a quick moment to confirm which version of Windows 10 you're running, and make sure you're watching the right course. We have multiple Windows 10 Essential Training courses, and they are all complete, self-contained courses, but they are intended for different versions of Windows 10. First, let's identify the different versions of Windows 10. I like to refer to this Wikipedia article, which I have open in my web browser. The original release of Windows 10 came out in July 2015, and over the years, Microsoft published some large updates that represented significant changes.
These big updates were given names like the Anniversary Update, or the Creators Update. For most normal Windows users, it is recommended that you run these updates, and always make sure you have the most current version. But there are some companies, schools, and other institutions that need to keep older versions of Windows for various technical reasons, so we keep all of our major Windows 10 courses available in our library. But that means you need to make sure that you're watching the right course.
So, you will need to check to see which version of Windows 10 you're running. Now, first thing's first, unless you have some specific reason to keep an older version of Windows, you should run all of your software updates, just to make sure you have the most up to date version of Windows. Just make sure that you have a current backup before updating, and never update in the middle of an important project. But to check your updates, you'll go to the start menu. So down here in the bottom left corner, I'll click on start. Then I'll go over to settings, which, of course, we will be talking about in this course.
In settings we'll go to update and security, then to Windows Update. You can see that this is telling me that I am completely up to date. I can hit this button that says check for updates, and it will check to see if there's anything new. If there are updates that you have not run yet, they will be listed here, and there will be a button that you can click to actually apply those updates. Now, if you are all up to date, or if you're just not able to update at the moment, we can move on. Next, we need to check to see which version of Windows you're currently running.
So, just to reset here, I'm going to close settings by hitting this red X in the top right corner, and I want to go back into settings, but I want to start from the beginning. So I'll go into the Start menu, back to this gear button for settings. This time, I'll go into system, and then on this menu on the left, I'll go to about. And here, we can see my version number, which in my case is 1703. So take a look at that version number on your computer, and then refer back to that Wikipedia page that we were looking at just a moment ago.
So, if you have version 1507, you have the original release of Windows 10, and you should use Windows 10 Essential Training, the 2015 Original Release. The November Update that we see listed here was not significant enough to do a whole new training course, so if you have version 1511, then you should still refer to the original Windows 10 course. Now, in August 2016, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update. So if you have version 1607, then you should be watching Windows 10 Anniversary Update Essential Training.
Then, in April 2017, Microsoft released the Creators Update, once again changing several features in Windows. So if you have version 1703, which is the version that I'm using here, then you are already watching the right course. This is Windows 10 Creators Update Essential Training. So, run your updates, check your version, and make sure you're watching the right course. And with that, we can dive in.
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- Running Windows 10 for the first time
- Launching applications
- Interacting with windows, menus, and ribbons
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Switching to Tablet mode
- Browsing and managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Browsing the web with Edge
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Searching with Cortana
- Sharing with home networks
- Backing up Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q. This course was updated 04/28. What topics were part of the update?
A. The following topics were part of the update: bookmarking in Edge, using extensions in Edge, working with the Mail app, editing photos, managing musics, movies, and TV shows, and connecting to another computer over a home network.