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Total Training for Microsoft Windows 7 (PC/Mac)

by Total Training
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
Price: 36.76 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Discover Updated desktop options (themes, background, screen savers)
  • See the revised taskbar in action (jumplists, live thumbnails, notification area)
  • Learn centralized & simplified hardware & printer management
  • One-stop for identifying and fixing maintenance, security and performance issues using the Action Center
  • Integrated scheduled backup and easy drive encryption including BitLocker to Go for USB drives
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   No Operating System
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 14 x 3.8 cm ; 68 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • ASIN: B003IHU40I
  • Release Date: 20 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,995 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Using a computer these days is a requirement. In order to use a PC without it becoming cumbersome and frustrating, you need to know it's operating system and how to navigate, find, open, use and manage the system including its hardware, software and files. This course will review some of the old standby features and hone in on the numerous enhancements in this version. You'll learn the tools to increase reliability, efficiency and security that will optimize the user experience as never before. You'll also find out what jumping, shaking, snapping, streaming and BitLocking are.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: GETTING STARTED USING WINDOWS 7 (48 min)
1. Introducing Windows 7
2. A First Look at the Windows Desktop
3. Working with User Accounts
4. Users, Passwords & Permissions
5. Exploring Log O¬ & Power Options

Chapter 2: CUSTOMIZING THE WINDOWS DESKTOP (47 min)
1. Using Icons & Shortcuts
2. Adding Gadgets
3. Customizing Backgrounds & Window Appearance
4. Customizing Sounds, Screensavers & Icons
5. Changing Screen Resolution

Chapter 3: ACCESSING THE START MENU (38 min)
1. Using Start Menu Options
2. Customizing the Start Menu
3. Finding Programs, Files & Settings

Chapter 4: EXPLORING THE REVISED TASK BAR (39 min)
1. Customizing the Noti cation Area
2. Exploring Buttons on the Taskbar
3. Taking Advantage of Jump Lists
4. Setting Taskbar Properties

Chapter 5: OPTIMIZING THE WINDOWS USER EXPERIENCE (78 min)
1. Moving & Sizing Windows
2. Window Navigation Using Breadcrumbs
3. Window Navigation & Customization
4. Accessing & Con guring Libraries
5. Organizing, Rating & Tagging Files
6. Indexing & Search Options
7. Searching for Files
8. Sharing Files & Folders

Chapter 6: EXAMINING HARDWARE & SOFTWARE (70 min)
1. Viewing Devices & Printers
2. The Device Manager, Drivers & Power Management
3. Setting Default Actions & Programs
4. Installing & Uninstalling Software
5. Alternate Hardware & Software Tools: Touch
6. Speech Recognition
7. Live Essentials & Services

Chapter 7: ENJOYING MEDIA (45 min)
1. Playing Audio & Video Using the Media Player
2. Ripping CDs & Creating Playlists
3. Experiencing the Next Level with the Windows Media Center
4. Tapping into the Windows 7 Gaming Experience

Chapter 8: CONNECTING TO A NETWORK (45 min)
1. Networking Overview
2. Getting Started with Windows 7 Networking
3. Working with the Network Adaptor
4. Viewing the Network Map & Changing the Workgroup
5. Mapping a Network Drive

Chapter 9: MAINTAINING YOUR SYSTEM (29 min)
1. Optimizing Performance
2. Using Troubleshooters & the Action Center
3. Using the Problem Steps Recorder
4. Keeping Current with Windows Update

Chapter 10: SECURING YOUR SYSTEM & DATA (34 min)
1. Working with System Restore & Shadow Copies
2. Executing Backup & Restore
3. Implementing BitLocker & BitLocker To Go
4. Credits

Product Description

Using a computer these days is a requirement. In order to use a PC without it becoming cumbersome and frustrating, you need to know the operating system and how to navigate, find, open, use and manage the system including its hardware, software and files. This course will review some of the old standby features and hone in on the numerous enhancements in this version. You'll learn the tools to increase reliability, efficiency and security that will optimize the user experience as never before. You'll also find out what jumping, shaking, snapping, streaming and Bit Locking are.

Features:

  • Discover updated desktop options (themes, background, screen savers).
  • See the revised taskbar in action (jumplists, live thumbnails, notification area).
  • Learn centralized & simplified hardware & printer management.
  • One-stop for identifying and fixing maintenance, security and performance issues using the action center.
  • Integrated scheduled backup and easy drive encryption including Bit Locker to Go for USB drives.

Presenter
Erin A. Olsen has been spreading her enthusiasm and vision for the power of desktop technology since 1994 to more than 37,000 people in seven countries. Since founding PCKeys Technology Solutions, she has authored more than 36 CBT titles, developed hundreds of courses and effectively presented to thousands. Erin's unique combination of personality and skills allow her to provide an enhanced learning experience for all that is effective, engaging and memorable.

Format: DVD SOFTWARE
Genre: PRODUCTIVITY
Age: 827911369664
UPC: 827911369664
Manufacturer No: TMWIN7

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - if you think you need it! 5 Dec 2010
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you've used Windows XP and/or Vista you probably won't have too much trouble using Windows 7. I loved Windows XP and hated Vista and now Windows 7 has the best features of both versions and I guess I will be using it for a good few years to come.

The Windows 7 package from Total Training is not a bad way to get started with the new version of Windows, but unless you're new to the Windows operating system or are coming from a pre-XP version you will already know a lot of what is covered here; Vista users will be familiar with most of it.

If you're not computer literate and have just spent a lot of money on a new computer with Windows 7 you may think that another thirty - forty quid for a training package is good value - and it probably will be. However, Windows 7 is pretty intuitive for users of previous versions, and at around half the price of a Windows 7 upgrade this training package may not be good value for every user.

The Total Training packages are produced in America so may not suit the international market as much as their home market. Quite a difficult product to rate as each user will get a different benefit from it, and some may find that it deserves five stars. I've used computers for a number of years so this product did not really offer me a lot, and I found the presentation style to be not as good as training programmes I had used at work some years ago. I can only give three stars personally, but others may find it more beneficial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Remedial Windows skills! 16 Dec 2010
By J. Murdoch TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is very niche product. This would be a great title to buy young children, to prepare them for school and eventually the workplace. Likewise, it would also be good for a technophobe. A luddite, if you will.

(The 3.5 out of 5 star rating I have given is for this demographic. For everyone else, I'd give it 2 out of 5 stars ...or less)

If you have been using Windows (XP) for some time, as I have, I don't think there's really much new material. Windows 7 is quite intuitive, much of this is really unnecessary.

One of the things you may have never heard of before, is 'BitLocker', Microsoft's built-in encryption. The theory is that you scramble your files so it's gibberish and only you can access it. (I wouldn't trust Microsoft for encryption, they have a terrible track record) but I suppose it might be useful to know about

If you are low on money, you could just search YouTube for similar tutorial videos. (Search for specific topics). They wouldn't be as good in quality, but they'd suffice, at a pinch. If you have the money, buy this, it's a good investment for school-aged children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value introduction to Windows 7 30 Nov 2010
By DJ Bez
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I had never heard of this company so looked with interest at this training product. I have two PCs in my house, a laptop with Vista Business and a Home Theatre PC with Windows 7. I didn't choose 7, but it came pre-installed and I've been happy enough not to change it. It does have a few quirks though which I'm even now getting used to.

This training program is video, as opposed to flash, based and initially I found the US accent a bit draining. However, I did actually get used to it fairly quickly and the pace is about right. I found that the first few chapters had some really good information, especially useful for someone thinking about upgrading, or less so building their own PC (fom the point of view that if you were building your own, you probably wouldn't need this!).

The amount of useful material provided for a reasonable sum is fairly impressive for this package, and whilst its not the slickest thing I've ever seen, I think it would be a great asset for say, a small business trying to train a new or older employee on Windows 7, although many other packages are avaialble. I had no hesitation in passing this on to my parents to use with their new PC!

For a flavour of the videos, see the publishers website, where two modules can be downloaded for free.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money 24 April 2013
By Mr. J. C. Kent VINE VOICE
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This really isn't worth the expense as there are videos available on certain video websites that will ne just as helpful, and are free to watch. And anybody who comes into Windows 7 off the back of either XP or Vista will find its pretty intuative anyway
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