Windows 8 for Power Users

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Lesson 1:  Utilizing the Ease of Access Center

Utilizing the Ease of Access Center

This central location in the control panel lets you setup specific configuration settings. Learn how to access this and configure the settings for items like Magnifier, On-Screen Keyboard, Narrator, High contrast.  This clip will demonstrate some of how to use some of these features and get the most out of them. 

Lesson 2:  Understanding File History

Understanding File History

Windows 8 provides a new tool for backing up our files called File History.  The purpose of File History is to save copies of your file so you can get them back if they are lost or damaged.   This short video demonstrates how to use File History and also restore personal files that have been lost or damaged.

Lesson 3:  Using Flash Player

Using Flash Player

In this clip we’ll provide a brief overview of the Flash Player Settings Manager.  From here you can tweak storage, camera and mic settings, playback and advanced settings as well.  Learn how to locate this manager and make changes to the settings. 

Lesson 4:  Managing Family Safety

Managing Family Safety

Family Safety is Microsoft’s onboard protection for filtering content when on the Internet or playing games and the like.  Setting up is real easy in this clip shows you the process of doing that.  You’ll also learn how you can manage Family Safety settings from a web browser to any computer. 

Lesson 5:  Managing Fonts

Managing Fonts

If you ever need to install a font, delete a font or just want to check up on the fonts that are already installed, you’ll definitely want to check out this short clip.  In it, discover how to preview fonts before you install them and then go through the process of installing them and learn how to manage them in the control panel. 

Lesson 6:  Understanding Indexing

Understanding Indexing

 Indexing is Windows 8 way of creating any table of contents for the items on our machine, items like documents, pictures and other files and folders.  By default the whole machine is not indexed but only certain aspects of it.  If you’d like to increase what is created through the indexing then make sure you watch the short clip to find out how to do that. 

Lesson 7:  Modifying Power Options

Modifying Power Options

It certainly important to understand how to modify your power options.  This is especially true if you’re using a mobile device. If you don’t know how to already, watch this clip so you can learn how to tweak these options and optimize your hardware for your power needs

Lesson 8:  Utilizing BitLocker Drive Encryption

Utilizing BitLocker Drive Encryption

By using Bitlocker you can encrypt an entire hard drive or removable drive using Bitlocker To Go.  Strong encryption is used providing powerful security –it’s like keeping your files under lock and key.  The process of setting this up is real easy and takes just a few moments to learn as this short clip demonstrates. 

Lesson 9:  Setting Regions

Setting Regions

When Windows 8 is first installed on a machine a specific region is configured.  If the computer is moved from that region then you may want to reconfigure it.  You’ll see this simple process for this in just a few moments with this clip.  Also learn about other features available on the Region Dialog Box. 

Lesson 10:  Utilizing RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

Utilizing RemoteApp and Desktop Connections

In a corporate environment, your administrators may configure remote applications or even remote desktops for you to access.  To gain access to these features, you can use Remote App and Desktop Connections.  Use of these features in Windows 8 requires Windows Server running on the backend. This clip shows you where to go once this is all setup and how to access these features. 

Lesson 11:  Working with Speech Recognition

Working with Speech Recognition

If you’d like to control your computer by speech or dictate to it speech recognition in Windows 8 enables both of these possibilities.  In this clip we show you an overview of Speech Recognition and demonstrate this in the operating system. 

Lesson 12:  Understanding Storages Spaces

Understanding Storages Spaces

 A brand new feature in Windows 8 is called Storage Spaces.  The purpose of this feature is to allow you to pool multiple hard disks together So that they are seen by the operating system as one single drive.  If one of the drives happens to fail in the course of time your data will still be safe because it was dispersed over multiple drives.  In this short video lesson we show you where to find storage spaces and how to set it up.   

Lesson 13:  Using the Sync Center

Using the Sync Center

Although it’s not new, the Sync Center is a lesser used features in Windows –some might even consider it a hidden feature.  The purpose of it is to all for the quick synchronization of files across your network or connected devices.  See where this feature is found and how it works in this short video lesson. 

Lesson 14:  Modifying User Accounts

Modifying User Accounts

A new way to access user settings comes to us in PC Settings.  This quick clip explores both the new Users section as well as the traditional section for modifying user accounts in the Control Panel. 

Lesson 15:  Working with Windows Update

Working with Windows Update

 The core features of Windows Update remain largely unchanged from Windows 7.  What has changed in Windows 8 is the way we access the Update information.  In addition to the control panel, a new section of the operating system called PC Settings contains a Windows Update section.  Learn how to access this information in this short video clip. 

Lesson 16:  Configuring Wireless Connection Settings

Configuring Wireless Connection Settings

If you are on the go and need to connect your Windows 8 device to the network, understanding how to work with your wireless connection settings is a must.  Fortunately Windows 8 makes this easy to manage.  In a little over two minutes, you’ll get all the info you need to make sure you are up and running on the network in  no time.

Lesson 17:  Understanding HomeGroups

Understanding HomeGroups

First introduced in Windows 7, HomeGroups have proven to be one of the easiest ways to network computers together. HomeGroups only work with Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines.  This lesson explains the simple steps required to setup a HomeGroup. 

Lesson 18:  Exploring Media Streaming Options

Exploring Media Streaming Options

When you give access to other machines in your HomeGroup access to your Media, you can configure specific restrictions for either machines or content on your machines which will block access to it.  Discover what’s involved with modifying these options in this quick clip. 

Lesson 19:  Exploring the Network and Sharing

Exploring the Network and Sharing

Slightly changed in Windows 8, the Network and Sharing Center still gives us basic network information and the ability to set up connections.  Learn more about the features here in under two minutes! 

Lesson 20:  Advanced Sharing Center Features

Advanced Sharing Center Features

Located in the Network and Sharing Center, the link to advanced sharing settings enables you to configure specific networking features on private or public networks.  The settings revolve around network discovery, file and printer sharing and HomeGroup settings.  You’ll see how to change sharing options for these features. 

Lesson 21:  Network Adapter Configuration

Network Adapter Configuration

This clips briefly examines configuration options for your network adapter. You can find the settings in the Network and Sharing Center.  Follow along in this clip as these options are explained in brief. 

Lesson 22:  TCP/IP Configuration

TCP/IP Configuration

TCP/IP is the main language of communication for networked computers.  On most occasions, you won’t have to adjust these settings.  However if you are required to enter a static IP address, you’ll need to know how and where to access the settings.  This clip shows you to accomplish this in just a couple of minutes. 

Lesson 23:  Exploring Admin Tools

Exploring Admin Tools

If you’ve been searching for the admin tools in Windows 8, then search no more!  This clips shows you how to turn on and access the admin tools in Windows 8.  

Lesson 24:  Understanding the Computer Management Tool

Understanding the Computer Management Tool

The purpose of the computer management tool is to place the most frequently used tools in one convenient MMC (Microsoft Management Console).  The default tools are Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups, Performance, Device Manager, Disk Manager and more.  See how to access this tool in this clip.

Lesson 25:  Working With Event Viewer

Working With Event Viewer

 When you open the Event Viewer, you will be able to view events that have occurred on your computer.  Through log files, you can review errors, warnings or information on events and determine when it happened.  See how to access and use this tool in this short video lesson.

Lesson 26:  Understanding Services

Understanding Services

Each time your computer boots, lots of behind the scenes services are started.  Although you may not need to worry about these services often, it is nice to know where to go when you need to troubleshoot or manage these services.  You can follow along as Services is explained in this quick clip. 

Lesson 27:  Using the System Configuration Tool

Using the System Configuration Tool

When diagnosing computer problems, particularly startup issues, the System Configuration tool can be a real asset to help you in pin pointing problems.  Each of the 5 tabs is discussed:  General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools.  Learn how to use this tool in just a few minutes.

Lesson 28:  Exploring Disk Management

Exploring Disk Management

This tool provides an at-a-glance status of all our physical disks.  Additionally, you can reformat, partition or change the drive letter of your drives from here.  Learn more about Disk Management by watching this brief video. 

Lesson 29:  Using the Defragment and Optimize Drives Tool

Using the Defragment and Optimize Drives Tool

You can optimize your drives to help your computer run more efficiently, or analyze them to find out if they need to be optimized.  See how this analysis and defragmentation process is run in just a couple minutes. 

Lesson 30:  Modifying Local Security Policy

Modifying Local Security Policy

This short video lesson demonstrates how to access and modify your local security policy.  As you modify policies, keep an eye out for the Explain tab on the dialog box which will help you understand the purpose of the policy. 

Lesson 31:  Utilizing the Task Scheduler

Utilizing the Task Scheduler

If you pay attention carefully in this video lesson, you’ll see how tasks are scheduled in Windows 8 and also learn how to set up a basic task to run automatically.  Keep in mind, several tasks have automatically been scheduled to run at regular intervals.  This clip shows you how to view these also.

Lesson 32:  Using the Task Manager

Using the Task Manager

New and enhanced, the Task Manager sports some powerful new features.  This clip gives you an overview of this power packed tool! 

Lesson 33:  Working with the Performance Monitor

Working with the Performance Monitor

You can use the Performance Monitor to view performance data either in real time or from a log file.  This clips demonstrates both of these features and shows you how to view reports created by the performance Monitor. 

Lesson 34:  Understanding System Properties

Understanding System Properties

When you need to learn about basic configuration information regarding your system, head over to System Properties in the Control Panel.  This clip explores the various aspects of System Properties. 

Lesson 35:  Assessing the Windows Experience Index

Assessing the Windows Experience Index

Running the Windows Experience allows you to rate and determine how best to improve your computers performance.  Watch how this test is run and get a better understanding of what your score means. 

Lesson 36:  Exploring Performance Information and Tools

Exploring Performance Information and Tools

 This part of the Control Panel pools a lot of performance tools together in one spot.  Watch this quick clip to see how to locate these tools and what they are. 

Lesson 37:  Using Advanced Performance Tools

Using Advanced Performance Tools

This clip shows you how to access the Performance Options dialog box.  The three tabs on here focus on visual effects, advanced performance options and data execution prevention. 

Lesson 38:  Utilizing Recovery Tools

Utilizing Recovery Tools

This clip explains some of the recovery options in Windows 8. One new tools lets you create a recovery drive.  With this in place you can refresh or reset your PC and troubleshoot problems even if it can’t start!  The other tool is System Restore, a feature that lets you restore your computer to the state it was in at a selected point in time. 

Lesson 39:  Understanding System Refresh

Understanding System Refresh

 This new feature acknowledges what seems to be a fundamental truth about Windows: over time as software is added, the computer seems to just run slower than when Windows was first installed.   Using System Refresh you can now refresh it without losing your photos, music, videos and other personal files.  Watch this two minute clip to see how this can be done. 

Lesson 40:  Using Troubleshooting Tools

Using Troubleshooting Tools

Windows 8 provides several troubleshooting wizards to help us automatically solve problems.  Main categories include: Programs, Hardware and Sound, Network and Internet and more.  Discover how to run a troubleshooter to quickly solve computer problems. 

Lesson 41:  Working with the Steps Recorder

Working with the Steps Recorder

 When you are having a computer problem that requires  someone else’s eyes on it, consider using the Steps Recorder to help record screenshots as you go through what led up to the problem.  Simple and easy to use, this clip demonstrates how to use this tool. 

Lesson 42:  Using the Reliability Monitor

Using the Reliability Monitor

When you view the Reliability Monitor you can easily review your computer’s reliability and problem history.  Using an index of 1 to 10 and displaying information in graph form, it’s real easy to see exactly when problems occurred and get more information about them.  Discover how easy it can be to use the Reliability Monitor in just a few short minutes. 

Lesson 43:  Using the Resource Monitor

Using the Resource Monitor

Use the resource monitor to give you detailed information on your CPU, Memory, Disk and Network usage.  This clip explains how you can stop processes and process trees, analyze wait chains or even suspend processes.  All this is explained for you in just a couple of minutes. 

Lesson 44:  Exploring Print Management

Exploring Print Management

Watch this clip for a broad overview of the purpose of Print Management.  You’ll see how to manage printers you have access to and learn how Print Management can help you maintain your connected printers. 

Lesson 45:  Running Disc Cleanup

Running Disc Cleanup

If you are using a mobile device such as a tablet or laptop to run Windows 8 then you know that hard disk space can be at a premium.  To help gain back space, Windows 8 provides a helpful tool called Disc Cleanup.  In this clip you’ll see this toll demonstrated and explained. 

Lesson 46:  Understanding Remote Assistance

Understanding Remote Assistance

When you start Remote Assistance you’ll be able to connect to another machine to “remote control” it or allow a trusted individual to do “remote control” your machine.  This short video shows you what’s involved in establishing a connection. 

Lesson 47:  An Overview of Windows to Go

An Overview of Windows to Go

Another new tool in Windows 8 is Windows To Go.  This tool will let you turn a USB drive into a complete bootable version of Windows 8 that you can the launch from a compatible Windows 7 or Windows 8 device.  See where to set up Windows to Go in this quick clip. 

Lesson 48:  Exploring Hyper–V

Exploring Hyper–V

A virtual machine lets you run one operating system within another.  Microsoft’s native VM software is called Hyper-V.   In this clip we show you what’s involved with performing a standard VM installation in Hyper-V.

Lesson 49:  Enabling EFS for Files and Folders

Enabling EFS for Files and Folders

With Bitlocker and Bitlocker To Go you can encrypt entire hard drives or removable drives.  In this clip we go over EFS, the Encryption File Service and show you how you can use it to use it.  In just a couple of minutes you will learn how to encrypt or decrypt individual files on your system. 

Lesson 50:  Running Windows Memory Diagnostic

Running Windows Memory Diagnostic

If you think you are having issues with your physical memory on board your PC, you can run the Windows Memory Diagnostic.  A simple test that’s easy to perform, this clip takes you completely through the test and shows you the results. 

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