Skill Level Advanced
- We have several courses that you can watch in Windows 7. Before you get started, you want to look at the Windows 7 introduction. In this particular environment we're talking about how can you migrate from Windows XP or Vista into the Windows 7 environment. Remember Windows XP becomes end-of-life, no longer supported in April of 2014, so you're going to need to move forward to a new operating platform in Windows 7 or Windows 8. In the introductory set, we're going to talk about Windows 7, the different versions and features available to you in both 32 and 64 bit.
There are 7 different Windows 7 version, so you need to understand which one you might want to go to. What are the system hardware requirements in the upgrade path available to you from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7. What new installation methods do we have as we we talk about this, we'll be introducing the new boot process and the new Windows image file that were introduced in Windows Vista, but are not necessarily clear to everybody. In this particular instance, we're talking about here we create a partition called the R-E or recovery environment that has in it a boot control database that then point into our actual operating system partition.
Therefore, our upgrade path, our capability going from XP to Windows 7 suggest that we're going to have to re-partition our drives, and we know what impact that could have to any user data or any applications or processes, so in most cases we're not upgrading, we're migrating to Windows 7, so we need to be able to backup and recover user settings applications and compatibility before we move forward, so this introductory model helps us understand the Windows image file, the process that we're going to create, and then ultimately installation, how do we install Windows 7 putting all of those pieces together to make sure that the outcome of that installation is exactly as you desire it to be.
Beyond the installation, the image, the selection of the Windows 7 operating system, we're going to look at basic navigation, the changes the start pearl, the control panel and some of the differences in Windows 7 so you know basically how to find the tools you need. The use of action center, which is a messaging notification center and a portal to some of the other features supported for standard users as opposed to administrators in the enterprise environment. Action center and user account control were introduced in Windows Vista; not everyone found them friendly.
We'll show you how to better manage and configure those in Windows 7. We'll talk about the new troubleshooters capability that's present in Windows 7, typically written as powershell scripts, you can create your own, but there's a large number available to you. If I were to go to Action Center here, I'm simply typing in the Windows 7 search panel, so I click Action Center little pennant often pinned to the task bar down here at the bottom it says troubleshooting; we have troubleshooters for program and program capability for my hardware and device settings, for network and internet, for appearance and personalization, and for all kinds of system and security.
This is not just about configuration, this is about troubleshooting and auto repairing features so that if you're at the help desk or you're remotely supporting a user, family or friend, you have this ability to auto-recover and auto-repair many many elements and configuration features in Windows 7, so we'll be talking about troubleshooters: Including Windows Update, Microsoft Update settings in Windows 7 that have changed. Because there's so much available to us from the Microsoft Marketplace with Windows 7, we're only looking at critical important and potentially recommended updates for Windows 7.
A lot of those optional updates we've looked at and configured in Windows XP no longer available though automatic configuration, you have to explicitly go to Microsoft to acquire them. What additional personalized settings are available for us in Windows 7? We'll visit that in this module set, and instead of saying properties here on my desktop, it says personalize, and allows me to go and look at the rich arrow capabilities and 3 dimensional graphic like features capabilities in Windows 7. We'll also talk about the Task Manager, and some of the new functionalities in the Task Manager available to us, or we can right-click here and say start the Task Manager and actually do some elements like associating particular processes with specific processors, particularly where I have a multiple core or multiple processor environment.
So we'll show you more of the new features and capabilities the new navigation in the Task Manager in Windows 7. Beyond that, we're going to talk about the new capabilities of file and device management, including the capability to use to restore points and to do specific file recovery rather than entire system recovery with the new file protection restore point system. We'll talk about the file system file manager in Windows Explorer, folder sharing, and how we troubleshoot file access by combining the features of those security and sharing and some of the new tools available to us to do that.
So for instance if I were to go to my computer here, open it, I have the ability to come in here, and when I do sharing, do some of the automatic sharing of essentially folders, et cetera by doing shared folders and synchronization, simple sharing, turning on sharing when we're trying to do diagnostics, we'll show you the new navigation capabilities with file and folder management, and troubleshooting and diagnosing effective permissions for users in Windows 7. We'll show you the new disk management interface that's available to you in Windows 7, including the ability to do essentially dynamic as well as basic drives, and the ability to manage virtual hard drive and hard drive images through the disk manager in Windows 7.
We'll go over one of many additional advanced disk management capabilities, multiple boot, some of the other features available to use in Windows 7 in a separate module, and then we'll go to device management, including talking about the requirements for digital device signing in Windows 64 bit operating system images, and the recommendation for digital signature enforcement in the Windows 7 32 bit environment. So that's the introductory content for Windows 7, and that entire video course. We encourage you to watch them in that order, but you can may watch them in any order you want, every module stands alone.
That just gives you an idea of what's there, and the sequence you might watch it as you prepare to deploy Windows 7 or manage Windows 7 in your environment.