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Welcome to Windows 7, the latest operating system introduced by Microsoft.   Chances are, you were just getting used to Vista when this came out.  And, most likely, some of you are still bound to the old and familiar (now) XP.   We know that the thought of having to get used to a new system can be aggravating, to say the least.  It's like moving into a new house with brand new furnishings.  You don't know where anything is at.

But take a deep breath and relax!  Whether you're considering an upgrade to Windows 7, have already upgraded, or got "stuck" with it on a new computer that you've bought recently, you'll be pleased to know that Windows 7 just might arguably be the best operating system that Microsoft has yet to create.   While Windows ME is considered a big mistake by a lot of people, Windows 7 is being hailed as the best yet. 

Over the duration of this course, we're going to cover all the features of Windows 7.  It's our goal to make the new  features familiar to you.  However, it's also our goal to teach you to use Windows 7 in the way it was intended so you can enjoy its benefits and reap the rewards from this modern, insightful operating system.

You'll learn to:

  • Quickly and easily navigate the desktop
  • Take advantage of new shortcuts and features
  • Use libraries to organize all your files like never before
  • Keep your system safe and secure from spyware and viruses
  • Set parental controls
  • Use Windows Media Player to watch TV
  • Easily view all open windows at once using the taskbar
  • And much, much more!

By the time you finish this course, you'll know Windows 7 even better than you knew your previous operating system.  What's more, you'll love it so much that'll wonder why Microsoft didn't think of creating something easy, yet user friendly, before. 

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the mechanics and major features of Windows 7.
  • Demonstrate using files, folders, flash drives, libraries, and CDs.
  • Demonstrate opening and running programs and files.
  • Find lost or misplaced files, folders, and programs.
  • Demonstrate printing.
  • Use Windows 7 to surf the Internet and correspond with email safely.
  • Describe methods for protecting your pc.
  • Customize Windows 7.
  • Prevent Windows crashes.
  • Connect to a network.
  • Use media player, view photos, and watch movies.
  • Know common complaints and their fixes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
 
 
 

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Windows 7

Welcome to Windows 7, the latest operating system introduced by Microsoft. Chances are, you were just getting used to Vista when this came out. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: How to Create a Screenshot
  • Review Article: Windows 7
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Forums
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Information
  • Take Poll: Windows 7
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1 : Introduction to Windows 7

Lesson 2: The Mechanics of Windows 7

A window is what pops up whenever you open a program, file, or folder. Everything you see that appears over the top of your desktop is a window. Internet Explorer opens in a window. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Optimize Your Open Windows
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Homegroup
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Shortcuts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2 : The Mechanics of Windows 7

Lesson 3: Files, Folders, Flash Drives, Libraries, and CDs

It makes it so much easier to understand Windows 7 and organize your files and folders if you understand the organization system Windows has created for you. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Folders vs. Libraries
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Libraries
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3 : Files, Folders, Flash Drives, Libraries, and CDs

Lesson 4: Programs and Files

Programs could be defined as tools. They are the things that allow you to create documents, edit pictures, create spreadsheets, add numbers, play a certain game, and on and on. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Character Map
  • Review Article: Tips for Finding Files
  • Review Article: Using WordPad
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Calculator
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4 : Programs and Files

Lesson 5: Finding Lost or Misplaced Files, Folders, and Programs

Once you've had your computer for any length of time, finding something on it can be a chore! 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Recovering Lost or Deleted Files
  • Review Article: Tagging Photos
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5 : Finding Lost or Misplaced Files, Folders, and Programs

Lesson 6: Printing

Most of the time, what you see on your screen is how it will look on paper if it's printed. However, don't mistake most of the time for all the time. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Location Aware Printing
  • Review Article: Printer Installation Tips
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6 : Printing

Lesson 7: The Internet and Email

If you bought a computer ten years ago, the Internet was something you had to go through and set up. Although computers at that time were certainly Internet compatible to some degree, that wasn't their main purpose in life. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Internet Connection Problems
  • Review Article: Internet Explorer
  • Review Article: Windows Live Mail
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7 : The Internet and Email

Lesson 8: Protect Your PC

Although Windows 7 is a lot better than Vista, sometimes it still can't distinguish between you trying to do something on your computer and a virus. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Guide to Windows 7 Security
  • Review Article: The Pros and Cons of Windows 7 Security
  • Review Article: Windows 7 Security
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8 : Protect Your PC

Lesson 9: Customizing Windows 7

It almost goes without saying that Windows 7 is endlessly customizable. These days, a person's computer is as distinctive as their haircut or their style of clothes. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: 21 Ways to Customize Windows 7
  • Review Article: Creating a Theme
  • Review Video: Changing the Logon Screen
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9 : Customizing Windows 7

Lesson 10: Prevent Windows Crashes

We've all heard the horror stories about the illusive "blue screen of death"--an event that's supposed to tell you that your computer has just shuffled off the electrical coil. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Backup and Restore
  • Review Article: Disk Defragmentation
  • Review Article: System Restore
  • Take Poll: Virus
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10 : Prevent Windows Crashes

Lesson 11: Connecting to a Network

Many households nowadays have more than one computer. In fact, it's not at all unusual for each member of a household to have his or her own. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Network Administration and Configuration
  • Review Article: Setting up a Network
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11 : Connecting to a Network

Lesson 12: Using Media Player

If you've used PC's in the past, chances are pretty good that you're at least somewhat familiar with Windows Media Player. It has been included in every Windows operating system since 1991's Windows 3.0. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Ripping a CD
  • Review Article: Windows Media Player
  • Review Article: Windows Media Player 12
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 : Using Media Player

Lesson 13: Photos and Movies

There was a time when using a computer meant using a word processor or spread sheet or playing a simple game like Solitaire. It was just a tool to help us complete our daily tasks in as efficient a manner as possible. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: Background Slideshows
  • Review Article: Organizing Your Photos
  • Review Article: Photo Gallery
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13 : Photos and Movies

Lesson 14: Common Complaints with Windows 7 -- and Their Fixes

If there is one true maxim when it comes to personal computers, it's got to be "You can't please all of the people all of the time." 47 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: 22 Problems Solved
  • Review Article: Troubleshooting Guide
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 14 : Common Complaints with Windows 7 -- and Their Fixes
  • Complete: The Final Exam

Appendix: Upgrading to Windows 7

The truth is, Windows 7 runs very well on computers that are no more than three to four years old. Computers older than that may not have the power to host this operating system. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Upgrading from Vista
  • Review Article: Upgrading: The Dos and Don'ts
  • Review Article: What You Need to Know in Upgrading
  • Take Poll: Did You Upgrade to Windows 7?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
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Course Title: Windows 7
Course Number: 8900080
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dave Scarbrough
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Student Testimonials

  • "The instructor was great and he answered my questions. Every bit of information gave me the experience I need to clean up this computer." -- Darlene D.
  • "What was most helpful were the video tutorials and screen shots." -- Devi P.
  • "I really enjoyed this class and the instructor put this class together beautifully. It was so easy to learn because it was broken down in parts not all in one lesson. I was hoping to have my new computer already but it will be a few more weeks. I can't wait!!" -- Carol Ann L.
  • "The tests were most helpful. I've taken other courses that had no testing and I could not access the effectiveness of the course or my retention. Testing is essential. ...You were timely with the feedback." -- Lester P.
  • "While I was already very computer-savvy prior to taking this course (I have an undergrad B.S. degree in IT), I still learned quite a few pointers and tricks about Windows 7 from the lessons. Thank you!" -- Adam M.
  • "All the little tips and tricks associated with Windows 7 were helpful" -- Karen D.
  • "The information was very helpful because it relates to what I am using." -- Ngesi G.

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