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8/17/2014 10:14:27 AM
STILL Working on Windows 8.1
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Facebook Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on Google Plus Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost

textCan you believe I'm STILL working on the Windows 8.1 Level 1 class? The Level 1 classes take the most time to produce because I really can't record with the relaxed style I use in my more advanced classes. Mostly, the Level 1 classes are taken by people who are brand new to a topic (in this case, many may be brand new to using computers in general) so extra care must be taken to make sure every video is PERFECT and things are explained in details. I've been recording several hours each day for the past few WEEKS and I'm only about half done with it. Granted, I did add a lot of additional material from my old Windows 101 class that was NOT previously in Windows 8 Beginner 1. A lot of it was old information that needed to be updated.

Now, unfortunately, I have to go out of town tomorrow for a week on business, so this project is going to be put on hold for a little while. I will finish it, plus Windows 8 Level 2, when I return. Look for these classes plus Access Expert 25 the week of September 1st.

For those of you who are interested in this class, here's the outline of what it entails. You can see what I've finished so far and what still has yet to be recorded. The times listed on the NEW videos are the actual times. The times listed for the videos I haven't recorded yet are the old Windows 8 class times.


01. About Windows 8 (18:47)
What is Windows
History of Windows Versions
Windows 8, 8.1, Update
Different Editions of Windows 8
Extra Features in Windows 8 Professional
32 vs. 64 Bit Windows

02. What's New in Windows 8 (27:08)
New Features
Enhanced Features
What's Missing from Windows 8
Should You Upgrade?
PC, Laptop, or Tablet?
Upgrade Specs for Windows 8

03. What's New in Windows 8.1 Update (14:24)
Windows 8 Update History
Return of the Start Button
Right Click start Button Menu
Shut Down or Sign Out
All Apps Screen - Down Arrow or Swipe Up
Sorting Apps - Alpha, Most Used, Category
New Tile Sizes
Colored Tiles for Classic Apps
PC Settings Options Expanded
Mail App Interface & Features Updated
Windows Store, Camera, Photos Improved
Apps Added: Calculator, Sound Recorder, etc.
Windows 8 Messaging replaced with Skype
Up to 4 Apps can be Snapped on Screen
Apps Launch Apps in Half Screen
Lock Screen Photo Slideshow
On-Screen Keyboard Improved
Modify Hot Corner Behavior
Desktop Instead of Start Screen on Logon
Power & Search Buttons on Start Screen
Win 8 Apps Show and Pin on Taskbar
If Using Mouse, Titlebar Appears on Apps
Right-Click App on Start Menu for Options

04. Computer Basics (33:10)
What is a Computer
Types of Computers
Hardware vs. Software
What is a User
Binary System
Bit, Byte, Megabyte, Gigabyte
Terabyte, Petabyte
CPU: Central Processing Unit
RAM: Random Access Memory
Hard Drives
RAM vs. Hard Drive Storage
Floppy Disk Drives
CD & DVD (Optical) Disc Drives
USB Thumb Drives
System Case (Chassis)
Power Supply
Keep Magnets Away
Power Protection
Surge Supressor
UPS: Uninterruptible Power Supply
Keyboard & Mouse
Speakers & Microphone
Network Card
Wireless Network Card

05. Keyboard, Mouse, & More (40:11)
The Keyboard
Alphanumeric Keys
Numeric Keypad
Enter / Return Key
Backspace & Delete Keys
Tab Key
Escape Key
Arrow Keys
Num Lock Key
Function Keys
FN Key on Laptops
Modifier Keys: CTRL, ALT, SHIFT
Scroll Lock
Lock Indicator Lights
Windows Keys
Right-Click Key
Home and End Keys
Page Up and Down Keys
Print Screen and SysReq
Pause / Break
Using the Mouse
Holding Your Mouse
Mouse Pointer
Scroll Wheel
Back Button
Computer Caveats

06. The Start Menu (32:35)
Click vs. Tap Terminology
Lock Screen
Logging On
Start Menu
Live Tiles
Run an App
Close an App
X Button to Close Apps
Swipe from Top to Bottom
Scroll to See More Tiles
All Apps Menu
Sort Apps
Resize Tiles
Small, Medium, Wide, Large
Turn Live Tile Off / On
Set Location in Weather App
Move Tiles
Unpin From Start
Pin To Start
CTRL-Key to Select Multiple Tiles
Pinch to Zoom
Zoomed Out Tile View
Charms Bar Overview
Sign Out
Shut Down Computer


07. The Desktop (10:36)
Windows Desktop
A "Window"
Icons & Shortcuts
Notification Area
System Clock
Volume Slider, Mute
The Start Button
Right-Click Start Button Menu
Close Button
Maximize, Minimize, Restore
Double-Click Maximize Trick
Move, Resize Windows
Snap to Sides
ALT-F4 to Close Program
Open WordPad
Find App by Typing Name
The Windows Key
Pin to TaskBar
Unpin from TaskBar

08. Apps & Programs (20:30)
Difference Between App Types
Rundown of Included Apps
Pin Common Programs
Windows Store
Search For Apps
Download Solitaire
Local vs. Microsoft Account
Setup Microsoft Account
Verify Email Address
Open App List
Swipe in from Left

09. Useful Apps 1 (13:50)
Internet Explorer Desktop
Internet Explorer App
Browse the Web
Address Bar
People App
Mail App
Setting up a Gmail Account
Connecting Gmail to Mail App
Reading Mail
Sending Mail
Responding to Mail

10. Useful Apps 2 (17:24)
Create Appointment
Maps App
Photo App
Save a Picture from Web
Turn Off Live Tiles
News App
Custom Sections
Pick News Sources
Sports App
Weather App
Use Your Location
Bing App
Travel App
Music App
Search For an Artist
Set up an XBox Account

11. Useful Apps 3 (10:20)
Typing a Letter
Saving to Documents Folder
Loading from Documents Folder
File Explorer
Documents Library
Deleting a Document
Recycle Bin
Upload a Document

12. Configuring Windows 1 (10:22)
Change PC Settings
Lock Screen
Start Screen
Account Picture
Change Password
Add a User
Set up a Kids Account
Switch User
Search Options
Date & Time, Time Zone
Wireless, Airplane Mode
Sync Your Settings
Windows Update

13. Configuring Windows 2 (17:01)
Control Panel
Date & Time
Internet Time Servers
Display Size
Mouse Settings
Left-Handed Mouse Settings
Pointer Options
Windows Defender
Background Virus Scanning
Windows Firewall
Windows Update
Don't Automatically Update
Desktop > Personalize
Desktop Icon Settings
Desktop Background
Windows Themes
Screen Savers

14. Custom Changes (17:28)
Rick's Personal Preferences
Get Your Start Button Back
Classic Shell
Honorable Mention: Start8
ModernMix - Run Apps on Desktop
Downloading Files
Changes to Keyboard Shortcuts
Change TaskBar
QuickLaunch Toolbar
Create a Shortcut Folder
Lock the TaskBar
Other Recommended Programs
Google Chrome
VLC Media Player

15. Review (3:07)

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STILL Working on Windows 8 1 Comment from Ann Cooney @ 3/28/2015
I would be interested in being notified when windows 8.1 tutorial is complete
Ann (:
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STILL Working on Windows 8 1 Comment from Mike Jones @ 3/22/2015
I have upgraded to Windows 8.1 but purchased your tutorial for Windows 8. When you finish 8.1 will there be an update your your Windows 8 tutorial or would I need to purchase again.
Regards Mike

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Depending on when you bought it there is usually a free upgrade available.
See this Blog Post.
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Slow Internet Comment from MUBEEZI M @ 8/21/2014
Hi Rick, my circumstances were quite different. Since we have a slow internet connection, i had to buy a CD with Windows 8.1 otherwise downloading >3.5GB would be next to impossible. This was probably the cause of my problem because on another computer where i downloaded from the Windows store, this issue never happened.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Your Internet must be REAL slow then. I got spoiled - living in NY I had real fast Internet (100 MB down / 10 MB up). Now in Florida I'm in a more rural area that doesn't have cable (at all!) so I have to settle for DSL. I'm paying for 20 MB down / 2 MB up DSL service, but in reality I get about 10 MB down and 150k up, so it takes FOREVER for my videos to upload to the server, for example. I will say, however, that the speeds aren't that fast, but they're VERY reliable. I can usually just start a download and then go have lunch and it's done when I get back. The exception, of course, is if we're having one of our famous Florida mid-afternoon storms. Then everything goes wonky. :)
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STILL Working on Windows 8 1 Comment from MUBEEZI M @ 8/20/2014
looking forward to it. i updated to windows 8.1 and some of my installed software like Virtualbox were deleted. other word, excel etc files were left intact. It might be worthwhile to have a lesson on how to upgrade to from windoows 8 to 8.1

Reply from Richard Rost:

That shouldn't have happened. Upgrading from 8 to 8.1 is literally as simple as running a Windows Update.
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