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1/25/2013 8:05:48 PM
Windows 8 Beginner 1
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Do you need to learn Windows 8? Whether you've recently purchased a new PC with Windows 8 on it, or you have a little experience with older versions of Windows, or you just want to see what the new features of Windows 8 are, this class is for you.

  - History & Versions of Windows
  - What's New in Windows 8
  - The New Start Menu
  - Windows Modern Interface
  - Apps & Programs
  - Configuring Windows 8
  - PC Settings, Control Panel
  - Customizing Windows 8
  - Virus Scan, Firewall, Security

Click here for more information on Windows 8 Beginner Level 1, including a course outline, sample videos, and more.

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Is a Windows 10 tutorial coming SOON Comment from Doris Rosenhaus @ 10/20/2015
Is a Windows 10 tutorial coming SOON?

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Hopefully there should be one in the near future.
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Will the Classic Shell work for Windows 10 Thank Comment from Doris Rosenhaus @ 10/20/2015
Will the Classic Shell work for Windows 10?
Thank you,

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Did they not bring back the start menu in 8.1?
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Comment from musa Tanko Abdullahi @ 10/19/2015
I have appreciated this video and I learn a lot on it
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MAP App Comment from SIMPLICE ZIRIGA @ 2/20/2015
when I am in the MAP App in window8 I do not have the icons you have for the training. I have Add a pin, Traffic, My location and Pin to start at the bottom and at the top just MAP and FAVORITES. Why my window 8 is different than yours?

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Could you be on the newer version, 8.1?
I'm still behind the times and on Win7 so can't check
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Right Click Issues Comment from James Ray @ 1/25/2015
Lesson 3 06:31 - Help, when I right click on the background of the Start screen I don't get "All Apps". What I get is "Name Groups". And when I swipe up, I get "Customize". So What am I doing wrong?

Reply from Alex Hedley:

I'm a Mac user or Win7 on my Laptop, can anyone else help?
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Windows 8 1 Comment from peter @ 11/28/2014
When i got my new computer i purchased windows 8 level 1. I upgraded to windows 8.1 and i wanted to know if that lesson will suffice because i would like to get lesson 2 when it becomes available.

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Rich is in the middle or updating the Windows classes to be 8.1 ready
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What about Windows ME Mistake Edition Who was it Comment from Zachary Pope @ 7/31/2014
What about Windows ME (Mistake Edition) Who was it geared towards and what was Microsoft thinking?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Let's not talk about that version. :)
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the next level Comment from peter tacon @ 6/12/2014
Windows 8 level 1 was a great introductory course . When do you intend to go to the next level?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Very soon. I'm working on some new Office 2013 lessons right now. Windows 8 Level 2 should be out soon. I'll let everyone know when it's available. It's actually #2 on the Waiting List right now.
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Windows 8 Beginner 1 Comment from Sharon @ 5/21/2014
The best course I have EVER taken!!!  There was not one thing that I did not understand after you explained it.  I want some more!!!!
Thank you sooooo  much!
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Windows 8 Beginner 1 Comment from Betty Lang @ 5/3/2014
The course was just great!Love classic shell and my new 'old' start menu! Can't wait for the next course.
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Comment from Betty Lang @ 5/2/2014
Really like the old xp start,so thanx so much for showing how to get it! Still have my old windows lessons on a disk-from 9 or 10 years ago,but the language has changed a lot,so your new lessons are just great.Am going to download shell tonight!
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Windows 8 1 Comment from Peggie Sutterer @ 3/24/2014
You commented back in October 13 you were going to be working on windows 8.1 what is up with that?  I just got new computer upgraded the installed 8 to 8.1.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Still in the works. Finishing up an Access Seminar right now. Windows 8.1 will be coming as soon as I can - lots of demand for it, so it's high on the priority list.

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Comment from Wallace Coflin @ 3/14/2014
hi rick
this is the first time i have really enjoyed lessons. i can actually Understand the work your way of handling a lesson is relaxing to listen to. I look forwaqrd to the odther lessons.

Wallace( whitey)
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Comment from James Gray @ 2/21/2014

How do I go about taking my contacts from my IPhone to the Mail App?  I have had trouble trying to back up all my contacts(over 250) from my phone.  I would also like to upload them to my adroid phone but haven't found a way to do that.
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Comment from Robert Maddox @ 1/9/2014
For many years I have been using Symantic Norton Internet & Utilities allowing it to scan & repair PC each night. Sounds like Windows 8 Defender is a good product. However, will Windows 8 also scan, defrag, clean & repair registry, etc. on a pre-scheduled basis?
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Comment from lwm @ 10/24/2013
I used the Windows 8 tutorial on Youtube and found it very helpful. Far superior to the useless tutorials produced by Mocrosoft. I ordered the downloaded version, the handbook, and I gave your website address to a couple co workers. Great job! thank you
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Windows 8.1 Comment from Fred Gordon @ 10/20/2013
I have upgraded to 8.1 and am having trouble finding "user" option under settings to change my there a 8.1 video out yet?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Fred, I have not installed 8.1 yet. I've read that there are a lot of bugs with it, and I'm going to be busy with Access tutorials for the next couple of weeks. I plan to dive into 8.1 in November.
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Locked out of PC Comment from Mubeezi M @ 10/14/2013
Dear Richard,

Thank you for your advice. I think there is a bug here.
The same password doesn't work on the first attempt and it works when you try to enter it again. I have created 2 more accounts on he computer after signing in (I am using it now).
One thing to note is that when I was setting up the laptop for the first time, I selected a keyboard of "United Kingdom", I also used "Express Settings" when I was configuring my account. With the express settings, a LOCAL account was created.
I hope someone else can reproduce this problem.
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Locked out of PC Comment from MUBEEZI MICAH @ 10/12/2013
Dear Richard,
I just bought an HP envy 4-1117nr. It had Windows 8 pre-installed. Everything worked OK to set up my account.  I even activated my Norton anti virus. Upon restart, it tells me my password is incorrect. I am locked out now.
I have done a google search with no real helpful solution although many people have encountered the same problem.
What can I do?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Make sure CAPS LOCK isn't on - or perhaps it was when you entered your password the first time.

Beyond that, you might just have to reboot into system recovery mode and reinstall Windows. Sucks, but that's what happens when your password doesn't work. Sorry I don't have a better solution for you.
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window 8 Comment from ann gatcomb @ 10/5/2013
I was ready to give up and I came across your class. YOU  have a new follower forever Good instructions easy to follow and understand .......
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Windows 8 Comment from Tom Lehmann @ 8/26/2013
Hi Richard,
I just finished your tutorial for windows 8.  Wow, I went from major dislike of windows 8 to loving it after your course.  I wish it was built into my machine when I bought it or an App.
Thanks so much I will keep you in mind on other training.  Also I lived in Buffalo until I was 18 so I know how you feel about winter.  I now live in Florida.  Tom

Reply from Richard Rost:

Thanks, Tom. Yes, once you configure Windows 8 to NOT look like Windows 8 anymore, it really is a great OS. I know what you mean about Florida. The wife and I are thinking about it ourselves. :)
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Windows 8 Lessons Comment from Kevin Wratt @ 8/17/2013
Hi, Richard, I have just reviewed your Win 8 Lessons - fantastic, very well presented, and very clear easily followed.
Thanks very much, I have just setup Win8 on an ex XP computer for a couple who are in their 70's and have referred your lessons to them. Thanks from the land of the Kiwi  - NZ

Reply from Richard Rost:

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed.
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linux under windows 8 Comment from Alex Hedley @ 5/31/2013
Do you have a virtual machine?
You could use
And install the os on that

Or partition and dual boot
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linux under windows 8 Comment from brian @ 5/30/2013
Hell, is there any way possible i can install linux fedora with window 8, everyone online believe it is nearly impossible. If it is possible, how should i go about installing linux under windows 8

Reply from Richard Rost:

I can't help you with this one. My Linux experience is limited.
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you are a talented teacher Comment from Brian D @ 5/25/2013
HI Richard
Many thanks, you are a talented teacher.  I recently purchased a new computer & Windows 8 left me flummoxed. then thankfully i found your website and was saved. I am actually quite enjoying win 8 (I know i should not say that).I still have issues of course & am waiting for the "BLUE" upgrade before I look for a start button.In some ways that has helped . I just watch your lessons.I look forward to your next lessons. once again many thanks



Reply from Richard Rost:

Thank you, Brian.
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transitioning from Windows XP Comment from Mike Bent @ 4/16/2013
I have used computers since 1969.  I am transitioning from Windows XP and this course is making the transition smoother and faster than I thought it would.  I am looking forward to Level 2.

Reply from Richard Rost:

You're very welcome. I'm glad you're enjoying it.
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Windows 7 and Vista Comment from Rubens Dorival @ 4/5/2013
Hi Rick.
what is a difrence between windows 7 and windows vista

Reply from Richard Rost:

They're just different versions of Windows. Vista was a train wreck (lots of problems). Windows 7 is my favorite to date. Windows 8 has a lot of great enhancements under the hood, but I hate the new Modern interface.
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This is great Comment from Lynn Dorris @ 3/31/2013
This is great.  Very well done.  Beats getting it out of books and it's faster too
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Purchase updates Comment from carlton witmore @ 3/28/2013
I had to download google crome to take mywriting lab and since then the computer always goes to desktop mode.  I had print problems 1st fix went to print spooler and deselected and selected the printer the next time had to download a driver tool now it would like me to purchace updates. is this common and is there an esier solotion.  can't seem to clear printer errors. I didn't see this on a video but was wondering.

Reply from Richard Rost:

You have a program that says it's a printer driver and it's asking you to purchase updates? That sounds fishy to me. Printer companies don't usually charge for driver updates. There are a lot of SCAM programs out there that give false reports of viruses on your PC, or report fake "problems" and then offer to sell you the solution. You might have one of those.
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Windows Defender Comment from babeki bababeki @ 3/18/2013
Hi Richard,I'm very happy with the overview of the all course with out it could not  know what to do or where to start,very good idea and i hope i will need more course in near future you are a talent person.There is few point i did get it but i will look the video again and question will be ask but in meantime i would like to know how can i put the recycle bin in my desk top.
Also i did install kaspersky internet security on my  new laptop with window 8
buy going throughout course 10 you are talking about window defender, do i need kaspesky ?or window defender is enough.
This is the message in my laptop "window defender has been turn off isn't monitoring your laptop " how can i turn it on?

Thisame problem with firewell i'm getting this message "these setting are being managed by vendor application kaspersky inetnet security 2013 "please advise what to do.      

Reply from Richard Rost:

Defender is enough. You don't really need a 3rd-party virus program.
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Testimonial Comment from Paul Wade @ 3/9/2013
I've been disabled since 2000 and I am a CPA by profession. The point is that I've been out of the loop for some time and needed to upgrade my computer of 12 years. I now have a Windows 8 computer and making every effort to learn or relearn the systems. Now, lets set me aside. I watched the Windows 8 series of 12 videos taught by Richard Rost. In my 30 years as a CPA I've taken more than 2,000 hours of continuing education courses. Nothing I took as a CPA was not as straight forward, well thought out and conducted in both a professional and a personal manner.I highly recommend the 599CD as a learning tool. Its that good! Paul, OK

Reply from Richard Rost:

Thanks, Paul! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Still get to Start Menu Comment from guy perreault @ 3/2/2013
I would like to know if we still have acces to the start menu windows8 in the left corner once we import the window 7 button? (ref. custom changes)
Thank you and have a nice day.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Yes. I like to hit WIN-C to bring up the Charms Bar and then click on the Start Button icon right in the middle of it. I almost never use the Start Menu though, personally.
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Am enjoying your Win 8 class Comment from Doris Rosenhaus @ 3/2/2013
Am enjoying your Win 8 class, though I admit I dislike Win 8, period.

The USB 3.0 port on my new computer will not read my flash drive from my older XP machine.  Is there a special flash drive for a USB 3.0?  Confusing.

Thank you,

Reply from Richard Rost:

USB 3 is supposed to be fully backward compatible with older versions. I'd have to see it to tell you why it won't read. Are you sure the port is good?
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Downgrade to Win 7 Comment from Doris Rosenhaus @ 2/21/2013
Help!  It seems that one cannot downgrade to Windows 7!  I just bought a new computer, with Win 8 of course, and tried to install Win 7.  Impossible.  Hoping my son (a nerd) can help me.


Reply from Richard Rost:

The only way you can do this is to REFORMAT the drive and install a FRESH copy of Windows 7. However, I wouldn't go that far. Once you go through the tricks in my Windows 8 class, you can make it look and function pretty much like Windows 7 did. You almost NEVER have to see the new Start Menu and Tiles.

Under the hood, Windows 8 really is MUCH better (functionally) than any previous version of Windows was. I don't recommend downgrading.
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Comment from Al McKillop @ 2/11/2013
clearly presented &very informative
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Windows 8 Beginner 1 Comment from Cathy @ 2/11/2013
Just finished the Windows 8 course - OUTSTANDING!! Recommend to anyone who wants to just dive in - great customization in the tutorial  - love the start button and desktop options!  Make your transition to 8 fun not frustrating - order it now!

Reply from Richard Rost:

Thanks, Cathy.
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Comment from Patty @ 2/10/2013
Love Google too.  Just got a Motorola Razr HD. Great with Google calendar, email,search.  thanks for "Rick's Picks" info.
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Comment from Cathy Jachym @ 2/9/2013
do I need to buy additional antivirus software for windows 8?
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Windows 8 Beginner 1 Comment from Steve Cousins @ 1/30/2013
Hey Richard,

This is great and I like how you have give a overview of the changes through the version of Windows to todays Win8. I'll be order some cd's for my some of my staff and friends as this will be a great overview of what to expect in the changes from previous version which like you I hope Microsoft puts back the start button as I already see a major load of question about that alone when we start to deploy Win8 which I hope is a ways out as I just got my copy today to start testing on one of my home PC. That's where I do a lot of my testing and learning as it makes it easier and without messing up my office PC's which are running older Application and now with Apps that's going to be a big change alone to handle. Be sending you something soon and thanks again for all your great work. God Bless...Steve
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