Upgrading to Windows 7 From XP Course Outline

Upgrading to Windows 7 From XP

Section 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1.1: The Basics of Windows 7

What's New in Windows 7?

Why Upgrade?

Our Favorite Features

Windows 7 Versions

Logging On

Aero Desktop Features

Windows Key Shortcuts


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Lesson 1.2: A Quick Look at Windows 7

Using the Getting Started Center

The Windows 7 File Structure

Using the Start Menu

Using the Taskbar

Using the System Tray

Understanding Libraries

Basics of Ribbons


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Lesson 1.3: Using Search

What is File Indexing?

Using a Search Box

Using Search in the Start Menu

Search Results Window

Searching Tips and Tricks

Setting Search Options


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Lesson 1.4: Windows 7 Ultimate Programs




Windows Media Player

Windows Media Center

Snipping Tool

Sticky Notes

Windows Contacts

Math Input Panel


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Lesson 1.5: The Basics of Help

Launching Help from the Start Menu

Launching Help from Within an Application

Overview of the Help and Support Window

Searching for a Help Topic

Ask Someone

Online vsOffline Help


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Lesson 1.6: Exiting Windows 7

Shutdown Options

Logging Off the Computer

Restarting the Computer

Turning Off the Computer


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Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Other Windows 7 Features

Lesson 2.1: Meet the New Control Panel

Opening the Control Panel

Control Panel Overview

Navigation Basics

Changing the View


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Lesson 2.2: Using Gadgets

What are Gadgets

Adding Gadgets

Customizing Gadgets

Getting More Gadgets Online


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Lesson 2.3: The Basics of Internet Explorer 8

Launching Internet Explorer 8

Initial Setup

Other Setup Options

Interface Overview

Closing Internet Explorer


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Lesson 2.4: Doing More with Internet Explorer 8

Using the Address Bar

Accessing a Web Site via a Hyperlink

Opening a New Window

Opening a New Tab

Using Tabs

Using Web Slices


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Lesson 2.5: Windows Live

What is Windows Live?

Downloading and Installing Windows Live Essentials

Windows Live Messenger

Using Windows Live Mail (Hotmail)


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Lesson 2.6: Windows XP Mode

What is XP Mode?

Downloading and Installing Windows Virtual PC

Opening Windows XP Mode

Windows XP Mode Controls

Windows Virtual PC Settings

Managing Different Virtual Machines

Closing Windows XP Mode


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Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: The Windows 7 Applications

Lesson 3.1: Windows Media Center

Setting up Windows Media Center

Navigating Through Windows Media Center

Using Tasks

Using TV and Movies

Using Pictures + Videos

Using Extras


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Lesson 3.2: Windows Media Player

Opening Windows Media Player

Setting Up Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Overview

Playing a Media File

Playing a CD

Ripping a CD

Burning a CD


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Lesson 3.3: Windows DVD Maker

Opening Windows DVD Maker

Adding Content to your DVD

Adding and Customizing Menus

Burning the DVD

Closing Windows DVD Maker


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Lesson 3.4: Windows Fax and Scan

Opening Windows Fax and Scan

Fax and Scan Overview

Setting up a Fax Account

Using Fax

Using Scan


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Lesson 3.5: Using Windows Defender

Opening Windows Defender

Interface Overview

Performing a Scan

Removing Malicious Objects

Using Quarantine

Setting Defender Options


Skill Sharpener

Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions

Section 4: Customization, Networking, and Security

Lesson 4.1: Common Customization Tasks

Locking and Unlocking the Taskbar

Moving and Resizing the Taskbar

Other Taskbar Options

Creating Custom Toolbars from a Folder

Customizing the Start Menu

Using Pinned Lists

Personalizing your Computer


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Lesson 4.2: Setting Accessibility Options

Opening Ease of Access Center

Changing Mouse Options

Optimizing Your Display

Changing Input Methods

Commonly Used Options


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Lesson 4.3: Overview of Networking

Networking Terms

Hardware Requirements

Using the Networking and Sharing Center

Setting up an Internet Connection

Setting up a Simple Network

Using the Homegroup


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Lesson 4.4: Networking Tasks

Viewing your Network Map

Network Sharing and Discovery

Sharing Drives, Folders, & Resources

Browsing the Network

Mapping a Network Drive

Connecting to a Network Printer

Basic Network Troubleshooting

Wireless Network Troubleshooting


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Lesson 4.5: Staying Safe

Opening the Action Center

Action Center Overview

Security Essentials

Modifying Basic Security Settings


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Lesson 4.6: Keeping your Family Safe

Opening the Parental Controls Center

Setting Games Ratings

Setting Time Limits

Restricting Applications

Web Filtering and Activity Reporting


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Section 4: Case Study

Section 4: Review Questions

Section 5: Hardware and Software

Lesson 5.1: The Basics of Managing Software

Installing Software Packages

Removing Software Packages

Changing Startup Programs

Setting Program Compatibility Options


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Lesson 5.2: Managing Hardware

Viewing System Information

Checking your System's Score

Opening the Device Manager

Viewing Hardware and Devices

Improving System Performance


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Lesson 5.3: People Near Me

What is People Near Me?

Opening People Near Me

Setting Your Sign-In Options

Using People Near Me

About Windows CardSpace


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Lesson 5.4: Vista Mobility Features

Using the Mobility Center

Setting Power Options

Setting Tablet PC Options

Touch and Multi-Touch Options


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Section 5: Case Study

Section 5: Review Questions

Section 6: Troubleshooting your Computer

Lesson 6.1: Backing Up your Computer

Launching the Backup and Restore Center

Backing Up Your Files

Creating a System Repair Disc

Restoring Files

Using Easy Transfer


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Lesson 6.2: Troubleshooting your Computer

Opening the Action Center

Action Center Overview

Troubleshooting Your Computer

Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

Problem Steps Recorder


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Lesson 6.3: Using System Restore

Opening System Restore

Creating a System Restore Point

Restoring your Computer to an Earlier Time

Undo a System Restore Point

Changing System Restore Settings


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Lesson 6.4: Hard Disk Management Utilities

Enabling ReadyBoost

Using BitLocker

Using the Encrypting File System

About User Account Control


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Section 6: Case Study

Section 6: Review Questions


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