After years of improvements, additions, and adjustments, Windows 10 is the newest, best operating system available. There are new features like voice-operated search and new touch-sensitive apps, and improvements to old favorites like the Start Menu. Windows 10 will be taking over many of the PCs, tablets, and phones you use on a regular basis, so learn along with Neil Malek, Microsoft Certified Trainer, as he discusses navigation, shortcuts, and tools you'll use tomorrow.
This is a course for all levels, and will cover picking the right version of Windows, creating Microsoft accounts, and getting into use tips. A Windows 10 PC, or a computer ready to upgrade to Windows 10, is recommended.
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This lesson is a walkthrough of finding your PC's hardware details, and comparing it with the requirements to upgrade to Windows 10.
Find the Windows 10 edition that matches your needs, personally and/or for business use.
If you don't yet have a Microsoft account, you'll need to register one to log in to Windows 10. This same account can be used in the new Office suite as well.
I recorded one of my laptops upgrading to Windows 10, so you can see what you'll experience before it happens. Don't worry - I cut out all the long waiting periods.
You don't always have to use your standard password when logging into Windows 10. In this lesson, we explore ideas like Windows Hello and image passwords.
Opening folders full of files, this lesson explores the changes to search and the viewing tools available in an open folder.
Use drag-and-drop or keyboard shortcuts to dock windows in different locations on your screen.
Pinning a program to your Start Menu creates a 'tile', and that tile can be a Live Tile, providing you information about your day, your inbox, the weather outside, or much more.
Both the Start Menu and the Taskbar have a new feature called a Jump List, which gets you into your important files much more quickly.
I use search on the Start Menu for everything, and I think after this lesson, you will too.
Jump Lists, launching programs, and pinning programs - this lesson covers the new features of the Task Bar.
In the bottom-right corner, you'll find the Action Center. This gives you access to details about your PC, as well as notifications for email and text messages.
One of the more interesting new features of Windows 10 is the introduction of Virtual Desktops. This gives you the ability to have workspaces devoted to different aspects of your job, and can really help you focus.
Windows needed to evolve specifically for touchscreen devices. This is a live video of me using gestures to use Windows 10 on a small-screen mobile device.
The first, and simplest, customization to Windows is your desktop background.
Backgrounds, color schemes, sounds, and much more are packaged into the Windows Theme. Learn to create and save your own in this lesson.
Your PC has important elements like power settings easily at hand in the new system. Learn to access any part of your computer's setup with simple search.
Another vital new feature is Cortana, your new personal digital assistant. In this lesson, I set Cortana up and use the service.
This lesson shows a series of features to the Cortana service that could be very important to you.
Microsoft's new web browser - to replace Internet Explorer - is called Edge. It has all the normal capabilities of a normal, modern browser, and we'll explore a couple of interesting features that set it apart from the competition.
Two simple-to-use apps in Windows 10 are News and Weather - both of which can be customized, and provide information through Live Tiles on your Start Menu.
If you'll like apps to manage your email inboxes and calendars, the new Mail and Calendar apps are user-friendly and beautiful.
Follow along as we launch the Windows Store, search for apps, and install and use Evernote.
In this lesson, I try to illustrate every shortcut I use on a daily basis in Windows 10. Learn to dock windows and much more with complete ease.
There are a few interesting power features I think everyone should know about, among other things. This lesson is to explore those little areas we didn't find in other exercises.
Neil Malek – Microsoft Certified Trainer, CompTIA CTT+, and Adobe Certified Expert – is founder and principal at Knack Training, a Southern California education company. He has over 15 years of experience teaching software and professional development skills, and has worked with individuals, non-profits, small businesses, and Fortune 100 companies to identify and address training needs.
Knack Training offers courses in Microsoft Office and SharePoint, the Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Drive, Android and iOS devices, and professional development topics. Neil studied Computer Science at the University of Florida, followed by becoming certified as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, and CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer