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Windows 7: How did you guys learn

18 Jul 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How did you guys learn

I am really wondering how all you guys learned so much, did u guys become computer engineers was is computer science? I really wanna know because I love working with computers especially the hardware and I would love to know more so I can contribute more to this community. Share your stories of how you got to know so much about computers guys!

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18 Jul 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

ToxicXGL,
I can't speak for everyone, but I'm just a regular guy that jumped into the deep end of the build your own rig pool. I was lucky to have Googled and found this forum. I had already learned some information but the growth of Windows 7 and computer knowledge went up exponentially once here. At first hanging in the background and reading then beginning to comment some to now dare I say too much. The thing is the more you read and hang around you can't help but learn and within the forum you have such amazing depth of knowledge and talents it just makes learning easy and more fun.
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18 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I learned a lot from self experience with it beginning from fixing my machine when things went wrong. The quickest way would probably from taking a course however somethings are only learnt when it happens therefore some basic troubleshooting techniques are needed. First thing to do is to isolate as to what component or setting is causing the problem. To do this begin to look at a broad perspective:

Power - Is it plugged in? Is the fuse blown?
Cables - Have you tried another cable? Do you have the correct cable? (For example DVI-I does not work with DVI-D)
Connector - Are you able to try another port? Is a particular port disabled in the BIOS?
Settings - None of the above? Then this is where specialty troubleshoot and repair comes in to play. If all else fails then a reinstall may solve the problem however if it affects more than one machine or is a hardware problem then it will not.

If I was to suggest anything then look into troubleshooting techniques as well as begin to consider what sort of area you wish to help in since no one person knows it all For example, I prefer to handle networking issues however there are people here who are exceptional with security and malware remove to debugging bluescreens which I don't have a clue on.

Lastly, this is no disrespect to you or any other person but one must understand that they do not know it all before they can learn or accept constructive criticism.

Josh
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18 Jul 2013   #4

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

In 1982, I started by taking computer programming classes at university (WATFIV/Fortran IV on punchcards, anyone?), bought a TI 99/4A and started writing programs. I graduated to a C64 system that I got complete for free(!). My first Windows PC was a used 133MHz DEC Venturis workstation system with Win95 - wow - for $300 in 2001... and it immediately cried out for expansion and upgrades (CD burner, a second hard drive, more RAM...). The public library and reading every PC magazine I could get my hands on helped, as well as being raised to fix things myself whenever possible. Did I make mistakes along the way? Did I ever.
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18 Jul 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

My situation was pretty much like the previous members only I was a late bloomer and started in 1993 with a Brother 80 word processor (I can't believe they're still selling on Ebay). The wife needed something better than a manual/electric typewriter for school, and I started using it for work. Then we graduated up to a AT&T 486DX2/66 computer in '97' and the rest is history.

The thing to remember is, it takes time. I believe we can all say that the knowledge gained just didn't happen overnight, some of it was schooling, some personal experience, and some handed down from teachers and people we knew that were gracious enough to part with the knowledge they knew.

If I may borrow some wise words:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
The thing is the more you read and hang around you can't help but learn and within the forum you have such amazing depth of knowledge and talents it just makes learning easy and more fun.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
Lastly, this is no disrespect to you or any other person but one must understand that they do not know it all before they can learn or accept constructive criticism.

Josh
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OvenMaster View Post
The public library and reading every PC magazine I could get my hands on helped, as well as being raised to fix things myself whenever possible. Did I make mistakes along the way? Did I ever.
I can vouch for OvenMaster, Boy, did I ever! Are we ready for the "smoke test?"
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18 Jul 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

For me it was a lot of reading online and magazines.I've been with a PC only since about 1999, which was a used Win 95 rig with a "big" 490MB drive and 8MB of RAM, yeah MBs. I found an article in a magazine that went into detail on building a PC so I tried it and it worked. I've fried or burnt out a few things so that helps with learning.

Posting here and seeing what works was a great way for me to learn Windows 7 as well, no better, than I knew XP. I had 7 for about 2 weeks or so when I found Seven Forums through Google as well.
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18 Jul 2013   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

My first exposure to PCs were work computers (and we had limited use with those). I didn't get my first PC until late 2001 (I did have a Commodore Plus4 and C64C prior to that). After seven years of just using that first computer, it was rather long in the tooth and I didn't want to buy a Vista machine (the OS du Jour at the time) because I would have had to replace my printer and scanner, but XP machines weren't being sold anymore so I paid a builder to build me an XP machine. It was a POS from the word go and never did really meet my needs so, when the end of XP started to loom and I had replaced the printer and scanner, I decided I needed to learn how to build my own machine. I had already been lurking on these forums as well as a couple of others, picking up bits and pieces on how to use computers and properly maintain them but started paying more attention to how they worked and how to build one. I also read every computer magazine I could lay my fat little hands on. I finally took the plunge late last year and started prepping a case, making most of my own PSU cables among other things, and, in March, I built the darned thing, again with a lot of help from here and other forums and managed to get it working. I still need to add some cards to it but I'm still in learning mode (and saving the shekels needed).
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18 Jul 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Idk on the magazines now a day its all digital and they require subscriptions and its a big mess I'll drop by my local library and see if they have any. Been reading some tutorials on the forums lots on info I'm absorbing. Does anyone know if taking a computer science course will perhaps allow me to get into a profession that deals with computer hardware?
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18 Jul 2013   #9

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Get your hands on some old desktops. Take 'em apart, put 'em back together. Science experiments. In my 30 years with computers, it is all Trial and Error. Yes, read the tutorials & posts here. Remember todays knowledge & technology can be outdated tomorrow. So just keep learning
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19 Jul 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ToxicXGL View Post
Idk on the magazines now a day its all digital and they require subscriptions and its a big mess I'll drop by my local library and see if they have any. Been reading some tutorials on the forums lots on info I'm absorbing. Does anyone know if taking a computer science course will perhaps allow me to get into a profession that deals with computer hardware?
Computer science covers the whole spectrum of computers and computing from knowing you have a problem, then programming a solution for it, and, if the problem is that exotic designing a machine to run your program to solve your problem, but it would be a start.

There are openings in your area at: Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta Their Summer Camp: Summer Camps | Launch CS
Check into it, If you don't make the effort you will never know and wonder the rest of your life "if I only", at the very least you can say you tried.


Oh, by the way you should learn not to use text talk like Idk and be more formal in your conversations, I know it means "I don't know", but higher education requires it.
As time passes and you become familiar with your surroundings you can relax your communication with your peers to the accepted norms.

To earn respect it is always best to start out strong, and then relax, if you start out weak no one will listen.
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