Windows 8.1

This is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) class. For this class that means a Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet. What if all you have is a Windows 8.1 desktop tower or all-in-one computer? Come anyway. I will have two spare laptops with me or you can look on with someone else.

This class is held downstairs in the large open room. Park in back and enter through the gray doors off the walkway on the left-hand side of the building.

Baffled by the user interface in Windows 8 or 8.1? Maybe you were a whiz with Windows XP or Windows 7 and then got a new computer with Windows 8/8.1* and find the whole tiled interface a completely different way of interacting with your computer. What should have been an easy intuitive interface turned out to be a fiasco for Microsoft** reminiscent of Windows ME and Vista.

Well, you’re in luck!! This two day (each day is a 2-hour session from 10:15 am -12:15 pm) class is meant to demystify the Windows 8.1 experience. Learn how to work with the tiles on the start screen – resize them, move them around, put them in groups and pin and unpin them from the start screen. Learn how to put two or three running “modern” (the official name for the tiled apps) apps on the same screen as well as how to close modern apps. Find the charms not so charming? Learn more about them, how to make them appear on the screen, what they do and how to use them. Learn about the Windows store and how you get modern apps from there – in fact it’s the only place where you can get modern apps. Many or most of the modern apps do not show up on the start screen. Learn where to find them.

Or would you just simply like to operate in a Windows 7 type of environment and just forget about the tiles? You can!! Attend this class to find out how.

* This class is focused on Windows 8.1. Microsoft made a lot of changes after Windows 8 (8.0) came out to make the user experience better. And they made 8.1 a free upgrade. If you have an older Windows 8 computer get the free 8.1 upgrade from the Store (tile) and install it before coming to class. You will not be able to follow along with a Windows 8 laptop that has not been upgraded to 8.1.

** Microsoft has recognized that Windows 8.1 will never truly be liked by the masses, or corporations for that matter. They have completely redesigned Windows again and are even skipping a version number (9) and going straight to 10. When it will be ready is pure conjecture but somewhat before the 2015 Christmas buying season. Also, it too will be a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and possibly even XP and Vista. So why bother taking this class? Because it may be a while before you see Windows 10 on your computer and you may as well get the most out of what you have.

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