Windows 8 Essentials

How To Unlock The Power Of The Windows 8 Operating System
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3,946 students
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This course will teach you the basics of getting around in Windows 8. Such as...
Navigate and customize the Start pane
Troubleshoot program and printer issues
Use the mouse or touchscreen to navigate between programs
Learn tips and tricks for over 50 new Windows features


  • No prerequisites are required.


Unlock the power of theWindows 8 operating system

This course is for people new to Windows 8–taking this course will help you understand the new operating system, learn its functionality, and its advantages.

When Microsoft released Windows 8 they surprised many PC owners. The interface and basic functionality were different from any previous Windows operating system. In fact, Windows 8 represents the biggest change in the Windows operating system since Windows 95.

Take advantage of Windows 8 functionality across multiple formats. Windows 8 is faster, prettier, and easy to operate for most tasks. It’s consistent across desktop computers, tablets, and even Windows phones. Tackle common Windows 8 issues. Many people need some training with Windows 8 because the familiar Start button and Control Panel are hidden. Users must learn a whole new way of navigating through the Windows environment.

Roll up your sleeves and maximize the benefits-this course helps you avoid sitting on the new operating system sidelines. New users of Windows 8 may ask, “Do the benefits outweigh the concerns of the new look and navigation?” Take our Windows 8 course to learn more about this updated version ofWindows and how you can use it most effectively

Topics covered include:

  • Navigating and Customizing the Start Pane

  • Finding the hidden Control Panel to tweak settings

  • Using the mouse or touch-screen to navigate between programs

  • How to troubleshoot program and printer issues

  • Tips and Tweaks on over 50 new Windows features!

  • Use the new start screen

  • Apply touch-enabled features on Windows 8

  • Duplicate mouse commands to navigate through Windows 8 more effectively

Over 30 minutes of high-quality HD content in the “Uniquely Engaging” TM Bigger Brains Teacher-Learnerstyle!

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who uses Windows 8

Course content

2 sections5 lectures33m total length
  • Windows 8 Essentials, Part 1
  • Windows 8 Essentials, Part 2


Bigger Brains
Chip Reaves
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     Bigger Brains Founder and President Chip Reaves is a serial entrepreneur who has started five successful companies. An Atlanta native, Chip began fixing computers for small businesses in the 1980's while studying Computer Science at Georgia Tech. After 10 years building a successful IT Service Practice in Atlanta, Chip founded the Computer Troubleshooters franchise system alongside Wilson & Suzanne McOrist, which became the world's largest computer service franchise and received multiple awards from Entrepreneur Magazine, Franchise Business Review, and AllBusiness. 

     Chip has been interviewed on TV and other major media on topics related to small business technology and entrepreneurship, including ABC News, BusinessWeek TV, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, and is a member of Jim Blasingame's "Brain Trust" on SmallBusinessAdvocate. In 2010 Chip was listed among the Top 150 most influential people in small business IT by SMB PC magazine. 

     Chip lives with his wife Maren and step-daughter Meg in Anderson, South Carolina where they also co-own a Computer Troubleshooters franchise location. In his spare time Chip is very active with his church and local charities, and consults with two aid organizations serving Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.