55032: Getting Started with Windows 8

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About this Course
This one-day, instructor-led course is designed for all end users who are interested in learning how to use the new features and functionality that are available in the Windows 8 Operating System. It will teach students the new features and capabilities of the Windows 8 Operating System, enable them to both leverage these new features and successfully navigate the new user interface, and provide them with the knowledge and experience necessary to personalize their computer to best suit their needs. This course will be valuable for people at all levels of technical expertise, from casual users to administrators of previous Windows versions.

Prerequisites
Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Previous experience using a Windows desktop operating system

Audience Profile
This course is intended for anyone who is interested in learning the new interface of Windows 8.

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the new features available in Windows 8
  • Describe the platforms that support Windows 8
  • Describe the difference between Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro
  • Sign in and out of Windows
  • Shutdown and restart Windows
  • Lock Windows
  • Activate Windows
  • Describe the Metro interface
  • Describe Hot Corners
  • Describe Gestures
  • Navigate the basic features of Windows
  • Describe the feature and functionality of the Start screen
  • Use Tiles
  • Use App Switcher
  • Search for files, applications, and settings
  • Customize the taskbar
  • Describe the Charms bar
  • Manage devices
  • Describe the Windows App Store
  • Describe the built-in apps in Windows 8
  • Describe Internet Explorer 10
  • Describe SkyDrive
  • Describe the ribbon
  • Browse files and folders using file explorer
  • Describe Device Manager
  • Join wireless networks
  • Install and use printers
  • Share folders

Course Outline

Module 1: Getting Started with Windows 8
After completing this module students will be able to describe the new features of Windows 8, learn basic navigation concepts of the user interface, and understand the benefits of registering for a Microsoft account.

Lessons
New Features of Windows 8
Consistent User Experience
Exploring the Windows 8 User Interface
Microsoft Accounts

Lab: Introduction to Windows 8
Signing up for a Microsoft Account
Lock and Sign off from Windows 8
Shutdown and Restart Windows 8
Switching between Modern UI and Desktop mode

After completing this module, students will be able to:
Describe the new features available in Windows 8
Describe the platforms that support Windows 8
Describe the difference between Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro
Sign in and out of Windows
Sign up for a Microsoft Account
Describe how to convert a Local Account to a Microsoft Account
Shutdown and restart Windows
Lock Windows
Navigate using Shortcut Keys
Describe the Modern UI
Describe Hot Corners
Describe Gestures
Navigate the basic features of Windows

Module 2: Navigating and Personalizing Windows 8
This module will teach more advanced navigation techniques for Windows 8 and will also focus on the personalization of the user experience across all connected Windows 8 devices. Students will learn the new navigation tools, app switcher, the Charms menu, and Windows App Store.

Lessons
Presenting the Modern UI
Using Tiles
Working with the Task Bar
Working with Charms

Lab: Navigating and Personalizing Windows 8
Working with the Modern UI and Windows 8 Taskbar
Working with Tiles

After completing this module, students will be able to:
Describe the feature and functionality of the Start screen
Use Tiles
Use App Switcher
Use Snap
Use Keyboard Shortcuts
Search for files, applications, and settings
Customize the taskbar
Describe the Charms bar
Describe Aero Peek
Create a Toolbar
Describe Taskbar on dual monitors
Describe the Action Center

Module 3: Applications in Windows 8
This module describes the basic applications included with Windows 8 and give students an overview of both the Windows Store and how it can be used to find apps that supplement the included apps. This module will also cover the new functionality of Internet Explorer 10, as well as how students can leverage its new capabilities and navigate using both the new, Modern user interface version and the traditional Desktop user interface for IE 10.

Lessons
Windows 8 Apps Overview
Basic Windows 8 Apps
Internet Explorer 10

Lab: Working with Internet Explorer 10
Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
Customizing Internet Explorer 10

After completing this module, students will be able to:
Describe the Windows Store
Describe the Mail App
Describe the Photos App
Describe the Messaging App
Describe the People App
Describe the Calendar App
Describe the Bing App
Describe the Weather App
Describe the Video App
Describe the Maps App
Describe the Travel App
Describe Internet Explorer 10
Describe SkyDrive

Module 4: Managing Files and Folders
This module will teach students how to work with Files and Folders in the Windows 8 file system, add and remove devices to their system, and share file and device resources with other users, computers, and devices on the same network.

Lessons
Browsing and Organizing Files
HomeGroup
Connecting Windows 8 Devices

Lab: Creating and Moving Files
Create a File Share
Create a HomeGroup
Add and Share a Printer

After completing this module, students will be able to:
Describe the ribbon
Browse files and folders
Describe Device Manager
Install and use printers
Share folders
Share a Printer
Setup a HomeGroup

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