There have been several major updates to Windows 10 since its initial release. Some users maintain older versions of Windows, if they are not able to get these major update. So, there are Essential Training courses available for several versions of Windows 10. This movie helps you identify which version of Windows 10 you have, then helps you choose the right training course for the version you are using.
- [Instructor] Before we get started with Windows 10 Essential Training, you should check out which version of Windows you're running, and make sure that you're watching the right course. We have multiple Windows 10 Essential Training courses, each one a complete course intended for a different version of Windows 10. First, let's identify the different versions of Windows 10. I like to refer to this Wikipedia article. The original release of Windows 10 came out in July 2015, and, over the years, Microsoft has published some large updates that represent significant changes.
These big updates were given names like Anniversary Update and Creators Update. For most normal Windows users, it is recommended that you run these updates and make sure you have the most current version. But some people, and some organizations, need to keep older versions of Windows for various technical reasons. So, we do keep all of our major Windows 10 courses available in our library. But that means you need to make sure you're watching the right course for your version. So, you need to check to see which version 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 updates and 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. We'll talk more about updates later in this course, but to give you an idea of how it works, we'll go into the Start menu by clicking on the Start button in the bottom left corner. Then go to this gear button to access Settings. Then go to the category Update & Security. Here, you can check for any new updates. You can click this button to check, and if there are new updates available, usually it's a good idea to install them. Now, if you're 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, let's just reset here. I'm going to close Settings, and I'll open it up again. So, remember, we go to the Start menu, to Settings. This time, we'll go to the System category. Scroll down to the bottom here on the left side, and go to About. Scroll down a bit, and we can see which version of Windows that I'm running. I'm running version 1809. So, let's refer back to that Wikipedia page. We can see 1809 appears here on this list.
1809 is the October 2018 update. If you have this version, then the Windows 10 October 2018 Update Essential Training course is right for you. But if you have one of these other versions, you should either update to 1809 or find the right version of Windows 10 Essential Training for your version. If you have version 1507, you have the original release of Windows 10, and you should use Windows 10 Essential Training 2015 original release.
The November update was not really significant enough to do a whole training course, so if you have version 1511, then you should refer to the original course, as well. In August 2016, Microsoft released the Anniversary update. So, if you have 1607, that's the version you have, and so on, according to all of these other numbers. And, of course, over time, Microsoft will publish new updates to Windows, so if you have a version of Windows that is newer than 1809, then check our library and find the Essential Training course that matches the version that you're using.
So, run your updates, check your version, and make sure you're watching the right course.
- Interacting with windows and menus
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Using Cortana, the digital assistant
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Sharing data between devices
- Backing up Windows 10
- Protecting your computer from viruses
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/24/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: signing in, shutting down, sleeping, and restarting your computer; using shortcuts to files and folders; and linking a phone to Windows.