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12/8/2010 3:44:32 AM
FREE Office Upgrades
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In a nutshell: if you purchased any of my older Microsoft Office (2000-2003) courses less than one year before the new updated version was released, you'll get a FREE UPGRADE to an Office 2010 or 2013 course when it is available, if it's not already available.

Here are the details...

The majority of the courses I have available right now are for Microsoft Office 2000-2003. As of right now, I have five Word 2007 courses (will not be upgraded; almost exactly the same), fifteen Excel 2010 courses, and a bunch of Access 2010 and 2013 courses available. I'm currently working on More Excel and Access 2010 Advanced courses, and will follow with some PowerPoint and Outlook basics as well.

Once you get past the basic interface changes, the CORE of these programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook) are still pretty much the same. Unless you're a complete novice, you should be able to figure out where things are. See this video for information on upgrading with Access 2010/13 lessons.

So if you're looking to learn, for example, how to build a database in Microsoft Access, and you already know the basics of making tables and forms, you should be just fine with my intermediate (200-) and advanced (300-) Access courses.

So here's how the FREE upgrades work:

If you purchased any of my Microsoft Office 2000, 2003, or 2007 courses within the past calendar year, but BEFORE the 2010 version of that class was released, then you will qualify for a FREE upgrade to a 2010/13 lesson, when it's released, if it's not already available.

So, for example, if you purchased Excel 101 (for 2003) less than a year before Excel 2010 Beginner 1 was released, you qualified for a FREE upgrade to when it was released. If you purchased Excel 102, you get a free upgrade to Excel 2010 Beginner 2, and so on. Access 101 upgrades to Access 2010 Beginner Level 1. Access 102 upgrades to Access 2010 Beginner Level 2, and so on. Once again, however, you need to purchase the lessons BEFORE the new ones are released. See below for the complete upgrade chart.

If you want to know the estimated release order for a particular class, check my PRODUCTION SCHEDULE.

Now, the new courses aren't numbered 101, 102, etc. anymore. They were too confusing. People were always trying to figure out what class to take next. So, I've changed it to:

100s = Beginner levels 1, 2, 3
200s = Expert levels 1, 2, 3
300s = Advanced & Developer levels (mixed)

The Basic/Beginner series are roughly equivalent to the 100-series from the old lessons. Expert courses are roughly 200-series. The Advanced and Developer will be a mix of the 300-series (of which, there are only Microsoft Access classes, which will be divided up based on those WITH and those WITHOUT programming).

The FREE upgrade ENDS when the new course is released. So, for example, if you purchase Word 101 right now, you don't qualify for the Word 2007 Basic 1 course because it's already released. But, if you order one of the more 300-level Access courses, you WILL qualify for the DEVELOPER-Level Access 2013 courses when they're released. If you have any questions about what's released, just ask me.

The free upgrade is a DOWNLOAD copy. If you want it sent out to you on CD, you pay only shipping & handling.

Also, I cannot guarantee that the new courses will stay strictly in line with the numbering on the OLD lessons. Word 2007 Basic 1, for example, doesn't cover exactly that Word 101 did. There is some new material, and some old material isn't covered - because of the changes in Office 2007 like the Ribbon and new menus. Access 2010/13 Beginner 1 and 2 are significantly different from the old Access 101 and 102.

I DO NOT GUARANTEE that the material covered in a class is exactly the same as what's covered in the upgrade class that you get. For example, the material that was covered in Access (2003) 101 to 104 was greatly expanded upon in the 2010 lessons and it takes up 9 full lessons. This is why the upgrade chart below shows that Access 201 goes to Access Beginner 5. Access Expert 1 is pretty similar to Access 201, but there's a ton of new material in Access Expert 2, so it's NOT exactly the same as Access 202. Sorry, but as these courses evolve that just happens.

How can you redeem your free upgrade? Once the new course is released, just log on to your account and click on the link that says "Free Upgrades." It's pretty much automatic from there. If you can't figure it out, then contact customer service and we'll take care of it for you.

Any questions? Post 'em here.


Beginner / 100-Level
Access 101 > Access 2010 Beginner 1
Access 102 > Access 2010 Beginner 2
Access 103 > Access 2010 Beginner 3
Access 104 > Access 2010 Beginner 4
No upgrades to Access 2010 Beginner 5 to 9

Expert / 200-Level
Access 201 > Access 2010 Expert 1
Access 202 > Access 2010 Expert 2
Access 203 > Access 2010 Expert 3
Access 204 > Access 2013 Expert 4
Access 205 > Access 2013 Expert 5
Access 206 > Access 2013 Expert 6
Access 207 > Access 2013 Expert 7
Access 220 > Access 2013 Expert 8
Access 221 > Access 2013 Expert 9
Access 222 > Access 2013 Expert 10
Access 223 > Access 2013 Expert 11
No upgrades to Access Expert 12 and above

No free upgrades to the Advanced series (mostly embedded macros which were not covered in the old series)

Developer / 300-Level
Access 301 > Access 2013 Developer 1
Access 302 > Access 2013 Developer 2
Access 303 > Access 2013 Developer 3


Excel 101 > Excel 2010 Beginner 1
Excel 102 > Excel 2010 Beginner 2
Excel 103 > Excel 2010 Beginner 3
Excel 104 > Excel 2010 Beginner 4
Excel 201 > Excel 2010 Beginner 5
Excel 202 > Excel 2010 Expert 1
Excel 220 > Excel 2010 Expert 2
Excel 221 > Excel 2010 Expert 3
Excel 222 > Excel 2010 Expert 4
Excel 223 > Excel 2010 Expert 5
Excel 224 > Excel 2010 Expert 6
Excel 230 > Excel 2010 Expert 7
Excel 231 > Excel 2010 Expert 8
Excel 232 > Excel 2010 Expert 9


Word 101 > Word 2007 Basic 1
Word 102 > Word 2007 Basic 2
Word 103 > Word 2007 Basic 3
Word 201 > Word 2007 Basic 4
Word 202 > Word 2007 Basic 5

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Upgrade Access Comment from Terry Ray @ 6/1/2016
I purchased the CD with lessons 101-301 years ago, I think it was in the XP days, and now am needing to refresh myself on these lessons.  Now I have Windows 10 on my PC and have tried to download the courses.  Of course, to my dismay, it didn't work.  Just wanting to know if mine would qualify for the upgrade?  I sure did like the way you taught it and have a need for it again.  Please let me know what I need to do.

Reply from Alex Hedley:

You should be able to view them in the Theatre, all courses stay there.

How did you try and download them? It wasn't via the old AVP player was it as this isn't supported or works anymore.

Check out the WalkThrus

Free Upgrade info
"In a nutshell: if you purchased any of my older Microsoft Office (2000-2003) courses less than one year before the new updated version was released, you'll get a FREE UPGRADE to an Office 2010 or 2013 course when it is available, if it's not already available."
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Learned a great deal Comment from Kristi Green-Owens @ 9/5/2013
I've learned a great deal watching your videos. I've created my own tables, queries, and reports, in just two days.  I'll be tested on Monday for a job.  I hope I do well.  I'm sure, I will. Thanks for the help.

Reply from Richard Rost:

You're very welcome, Kristi. Hope you do well for your job.
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Visual Basic 2010 Text files Comment from Kenneth Williams @ 2/1/2013
I am waiting for tutorial on VB 2010 on creating, writing and reading text files and working with text files in gereral.
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Microsoft Specialist MOS Certification Test Comment from Robert B @ 11/21/2012
Hello Richard,

First let me apologize if there is a better place than this to ask this 'general skills' question.

I am taking your courses because it seems clear you have designed your courses around your real-world experiences, not simply to pass a skills test. That said, is there an Access course level (Advanced or Expert) where it would be reasonable to expect a student could pass the Microsoft Specialist (MOS) Certification test?

Thanks and keep up the good work.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Robert, I've never had any faith in certifications. Here's why.

With that being said, I've never actually taken any of the MOS tests myself. I've never read any of the "study guide" books for them either. I have no idea what's on the tests. However, if you finish my 300-series (Advanced/Developer) of Access courses and you can't pass that test, I'd be REAL surprised.
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Visual Basic 2010 Comment from Dana Anderson @ 10/29/2012
Just wondering when Vis Basic 2010 courses will begin.  Thanks

Reply from Richard Rost:

Soon, hopefully. No idea on a date yet. Need to get through the Access lessons.
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Windows 7 Lessons Comment from Bill Turner @ 9/18/2012
When can I expect Microsoft windows7 lessons to be available?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Hopefully soon. I'd like to get some Windows 7 classes made before Windows 8 is everywhere. It's being released on October 25th, but it will probably still be six months to a year before it's popular.

In any case, I base all of my decisions on what classes to make next on the results of the Waiting List. Right now, Windows 7 is in third place behind Access and Excel lessons. So if more people vote for it, then I'll get to it quicker.
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FREE Office 2007 2010 Upgrades Comment from jacqueline @ 12/19/2011
i want to learn photo shop

Reply from Richard Rost:

I'll be updating Photoshop after my Office 2010 lessons are finished.
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FREE Office 2007 2010 Upgrades Comment from russell w mccolough @ 12/11/2011
i find your offer a little confusing i am sure no body whould mind paying to up grade their knoweledge
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FREE Office 2007 2010 Upgrades Comment from Phil Guess @ 5/16/2011
The free upgrade is super Richard. My company is upgrading to 2010 now, and I'm an Access addict. Scares me a little and can't wait for the new courses.

Reply from Richard Rost:

They're coming. Soon!
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Office 2010 Comment from Nancy Green @ 10/3/2010
My son just installed 2010 on my computer...Wow! I need to learn a lot more now...I have Word & Excel lessons for 2003.  Now, how do I get the upgrades?
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Qualifying events for free upgrade Comment from Debra Smith @ 8/18/2010
Hi Richard,
I hate to be piggy, but you are the "wizard" at all of this.

Is there some way you can devise a program that automatically defines a purchase as Eligible for Upgrade by dynamic response to the student? Later provide some notification informing the student that a particular product that was eligible is now ready for viewing in the order queue.

This would sure beat having to read and re-read the the "qualifying events" page.

PS: I did not think this qualified as a Customer Service issue.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Debra, I am going to build a page in the 599CD Customer Service web site that you can click on to see all of your eligible upgrades. It doesn't exist yet, but it will make it very easy to see what you qualify for.
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Microsoft Office 2003 Comment from takyar @ 6/5/2010
Most of my students too use Excel 2003. About 7-10% would have upgraded to Excel 2007. Just a handful are trying out the free downloadable Office 2010.
Having courses for Excel 2003 and Excel 2007 is a good idea.
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Free Office 2007, 2010 Upgrades Comment from Phil Gatchell @ 5/10/2010
Richard: Haven't put Office 2007 on my machine yet - at 79, I'm sort of leary or don't have enough nerve to even try it. My Son is a guru and tells me to leave it alone for now. Sorry.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Phil, I've always been a fan of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I still run Windows 2000 and Office 2000 on my business machines. It's solid, tested software that does the job. Of course I have to keep up with the new technology myself, so on my personal computer and laptop I have Windows 7 and Office 2010. If you buy a new computer today, and you need Windows and Office, you have no choice but to get the latest version, or try and find an older, used copy somewhere like eBay. So, if the need ever comes around for you to learn it, you know where to go. :)
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