Windows 8.1 Made Simple
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Windows 8.1 Made Simple

From Novice to Expert in Just 3 Hours
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
719 students enrolled
Created by Kevin Moore
Last updated 1/2014
English
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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Requirements
  • A desktop PC, laptop, or tablet device running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
Description

Hi,

If you’re like me, when you first saw Windows 8… you hated it! You probably had many of the same questions and complaints I had. Ugh, those big icons are hideous! Where’s my desktop? And, what happened to my Start button?

That was my first reaction. But, after I used Windows 8 for a while, I started to like it. Now, with the release of Windows 8.1, I love it! Register for my course and just three hours from now, you’ll love it, too.

I begin the course by showing you step-by-step how to update from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Microsoft even gives us the update for free. How cool is that?

From there, we start from the beginning and go step-by-step through all the features of the updated Metro UI. I then spend several lessons guiding you through the features of the most commonly-used Metro applications like the Mail app, the new Internet Explorer, the People app, the Music app, and SkyDrive.

Still want more apps? No problem. I take you through the Windows Store where you can download nearly 150,000 apps for anything you can imagine.

I walk you through the updated File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer) and show you how to customize the Desktop using some really cool (and free) third-party apps.

Here’s what else you’ll learn:

  • Bypassing the Start screen and booting directly to the desktop
  • Set a picture password and 4-digit PIN
  • Login automatically with no password (I don’t recommend it, but I show you how to do it)
  • Connect to a wireless network
  • Create a home group and share files with family members
  • Secure your PC against viruses and spyware
  • Optimize your system performance
  • Troubleshoot common errors
  • Backup and restore your important files

And much more…

Think you can’t possibly learn all this in just 3 hours? Enroll now, and let me prove that you can.

See you in class,

Kevin Moore

Who is the target audience?
  • All audiences from beginners to power-users
  • All age groups from children to adults
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 54 Lectures Collapse All 54 Lectures 03:11:27
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Introduction
3 Lectures 02:15
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Updating to Windows 8.1
2 Lectures 06:28

Downloading Windows 8.1 Media
02:28
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Getting Started with Windows 8.1 and the Metro UI
7 Lectures 26:36

Working with Metro Apps and Tiles
05:27

Running Metro Apps Side-by-Side
02:09

PC and Device Settings in the Metro UI
04:47

Search and Apps Settings
03:46

Privacy Settings
03:04

Apps Screen and Quick Search
03:19
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Using Windows 8.1 Metro Applications
9 Lectures 43:46
Mail
08:43

Internet Explorer
05:40

Finance
06:01

People
04:09

Music
04:42

Photo Viewer
04:00

Calculator
02:46

SkyDrive
04:14

Windows Store
03:31
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Customizing Windows 8.1
5 Lectures 15:08
Booting to the Desktop and BYOSB (Build Your Own Start Button)
02:36

Personalizing the Start Screen, Lock Screen, and Adding a User Photo
04:04

Replacing the Start Button with Classic Shell
03:03

Accessing Your Applications with Rocket Dock
02:55

Making a One-Click Shutdown Button
02:30
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Desktop View and File Explorer
6 Lectures 26:12
Navigating the New File Explorer
06:16

Favorites, Libraries, and Search Features
05:35

Drive Encryption with Bitlocker
04:13

File Encryption with EFS
04:28

File Revcovery Using File History
03:21

Snipping Tool and Sticky Notes
02:19
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Creating and Managing User Accounts
5 Lectures 18:29
Creating User Accounts
02:56

Setting Parental Controls on Child Accounts
03:48

Setting a Picture Password and PIN Login
04:07

Bypassing the Login Screen
02:08

User Accessibility Options
05:30
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Networking and the Internet
3 Lectures 08:28
Connecting to a Wireless Network
01:40

Creating and Joining a Home Group
03:47

Using Remote Desktop
03:01
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System Security
4 Lectures 11:40
Managing Software Patches with Windows Update
02:35

User Account Controls (UAC) and Run as Administrator
02:08

Monitoring Threats with Action Center
03:00

Protecting Your PC with Windows Defender
03:57
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Optimization and Troubleshooting
6 Lectures 18:48
Optimizing Your Power Settings
04:01

Optimizing Your Hard Disk Drive and Special Considerations for SSDs
04:22

Identifying Problems with Task Manager
03:16

Creating and Applying a System Restore Point
02:55

Creating and Using a System Recovery Disk
02:24

Accessing the Master Control Panel Shortcut (a.k.a.God Mode) in Windows 8.1
01:50
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About the Instructor
Kevin Moore
4.8 Average rating
6 Reviews
719 Students
1 Course
IT Professional / Software Engineer

I've been in the IT profession since 1997, and I've worn many hats throughout my career... Technical Support, Software QA Engineer, Software Developer, Network Administrator, and Project Manager. Now, thanks to Udemy, I'm also a teacher. In the coming months, I'll be sharing my expertise on several subjects including Linux commands and scripting, Microsoft SQL Server, and Java programming. I hope to have the opportunity to help you achieve your learning goals.