Open your Windows this summer!
This summer’s modules will introduce Windows 10. Modules can be completed at your own pace, with prize drawings at the end of each month. To complete this set of modules, you will need to use a Microsoft account. If you have an email address from Hotmail, MSN or Outlook.com (not your work email), then you already have a Microsoft account. If you need to create a new account, you can do so on Microsoft’s site. You can create a Microsoft account with a non-Microsoft email, such as Gmail or Yahoo. On the Create Account page, enter the email address you want to use in the email field and create a password. It is inadvisable to use the same password you use to access that email account. If you would prefer to create a new Microsoft email with the account, instead of adding an email and password, click the link to get a new email address, instead.
As you may know, Windows 10 is being offered as a free upgrade on computers running Windows 7 or 8.1 until the end of July. Before upgrading a computer, be sure to check with your computer’s manufacturer to make sure drivers compatible with Windows 10 are available for your machine. Most of the issues users are experiencing with Windows 10 are because the hardware or drivers are not compatible. When Microsoft says a computer is compatible with Windows 10, it is not taking the drivers into consideration. That said, we will be upgrading the staff computers to Windows 10 by the end of July. My hope is that these modules will help everyone prepare for the transition.
If you already have Windows 10 at home, feel free to use your own computer to complete these modules. If you need a Windows 10 laptop, the four staff laptops have been upgraded, as well as some desktops. You can see me or Selena borrow a laptop within the library, or you can check one out and take it home. Please keep checkouts short so that everyone can have access to the laptops as needed.
Here are the modules for Windows 10:
- Getting Started
- Start Menu
- Customizing Your Experience
- Cortana and Search
- Windows Store
- Windows Update
- Backup and OneDrive
After completing the tasks in each module, please write a blog post reflecting on the experience. If you have participated in Connect 2 U in the past, you can use the WordPress blog you created then. To create a new blog, complete the very first Connect 2 U module and then send me a link to your blog. You will get a raffle ticket for creating a blog if you don’t already have one. I will be following the blogs of all participants and answering any questions you may have. As always, please feel free to catch me in the office if you have questions before you write your blog post.