Skill Level Advanced
- Thank you for joining us for the Windows 8 courseware series. The first modular modules associated with this are the introduction to Windows 8, which is in three parts: An introduction, component management, and file management. There's a method behind which the course was put together, and although you can watch these modules or participate in any sequence that you want, understanding the flow of the course might help you understand the way that was put together, and to better gain a comprehensive knowledge, at least an introductory comprehensive knowledge, of Windows 8.
In the introduction module we're going to start with basic desktop navigation. Windows 8 is considerably different with the touch screen interface that we've got here, so that we've got touch screen, whether we've got a tablet or a desktopm kind of capability here in Windows 8. So we're gonna start with a course or a module on basic desktop navigation, whether you've got touch screen and mouse, keyboard et-cetera, desktop, et-cetera. The second module we're gonna talk about the different versions of Windows 8 that are available to you, and which version you might need based on the functionality you're trying to incorporate.
Since Windows 8 is an upgrade from Windows 7, we're gonna talk about some of the features that have been deprecated or removed or replaced by new Windows 8 features, so that you can have a compare and contrast to Windows 7, and to some some degree, Windows Vista features that were carried forward or were removed as we moved to Windows 8. We're going to do a refresher in terms of the Windows image file. It's the same .win file that was present for us on Windows Vista and Windows 7. We'll just talk about some of the new tools available to manage the Windows image file in Windows 8. We're going to do a boot process overview, and while the boot process is quite the same in Windows 8 as it was in Windows 7, we're gonna talk about some of the new tools and features associated with Windows 8 and the slightly different lookin' feel of Windows 8 as it is booted.
We're gonna talk about the new feature called Fast Boot, a new capability to really bring your system up faster if you've got Windows 8 or 8.1, and help you understand the underlying architecture that allows Fast Boot to work. And we're gonna talk about Internet Explorer and its integration into Windows 8. One of the elements, just as kind of an introduction for you, for that is when I go ahead and swipe my screen and log in here, if you haven't looked at Windows 8 yet before you're getting into these courses, we're gonna come in here and we're gonna show you that on our desktop we have one version of Internet Explorer right here under essentially my Start menu screen, and if I go to my desktop I have the same version of Internet Explorer, but the look, feel, the navigation, the capability to use the two are quite different.
So what we gonna talk about the difference in Internet Explorer's launch and functionality, the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8. The second module is Component Management. This is important to use your beginning to understand Windows 8, because it will get you into the new abilities of the disk management tools, whether it's the graphic interface or command line functions. If you're starting to set up Windows 8, or you're upgrading Windows 8, or you're repairing Windows 8, you need to understand this new functions to manage that recovery environment and/or the operating system disk. We're gonna talk a little bit more about driver management.
Driver signature enforcement was very important to 64-bit Windows in Windows 7. The 32-bit versions of Windows 7 recommended but didn't fully enforce driver signatures. Absolutely enforced in the 32 or 64-bit environment with Windows 8 and 8.1. Therefore a lot of your functionality has to come from the Microsoft Store to support your infrastructure. This is gonna suggest if you're supporting legacy hardware components, you need to make sure that they're compatible or that you've got compatible signed drivers with Windows 8 or 8.1 before you do an upgrade or support environment.
We're gonna give you the updates to printer management capabilities as provided in Windows 8 and 8.1, and we're going to show you how you navigate to and manage Windows Update in Windows 8 or 8.1, slightly different location under my settings. PC settings, you're used to the Control Panel, we have some basic capability to configure some of those features through what we call the charms bar here in Windows 8. So we'll demonstrate that for you in this course sequence what's different with Windows 8 as it relates to Windows Update. We'll then talk about the file system and file management.
While the infrastructure, the architecture of Windows 8 is very much the same as Windows 7, we're going to show you some of the different capabilities of the file system, file sharing, file management. We're gonna show you some of the upgraded or enhanced tools for being able to identify and resolve issues effectively with combining permissions between security and sharing. And finally we're gonna talk a little bit about zipped and compressed files, as it relates to the tools available to you in Windows 8 and 8.1. That's what this first module set is, the introduction to Windows 8.