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Windows 7: Need advise on obtaining more computer know-how

21 Nov 2010   #11
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

You can read all you want, but there is no substitute for doing it yourself. If you can do little addon's to your computer, like adding a hard drive or an additional fan, you will learn alot. If unsure about something, ask on here. People are very nice and quick to help.


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21 Nov 2010   #12
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Regardless what you do, you will have to have patience. But it is like learning a foreign language. For a long time you think you are making no progress, and then one Monday morning you realize the you made a big leap forward.

I am teaching System concepts to the people of my local Florida computer club. They are mostly retired people - a lot of nice little old ladies. So I have to go easy on them.

I give you the link to the materials of 2 of my classes that might be helpful for you. The first one is also all recorded on Video (more than 3 hours worth) which you can watch and the second one contains some Videos - the videos I made myself, no canned stuff. Download the folders from the links, unzip them and have a look.

http://cid-475a0a48ca6d4035.office.live.com/self.aspx/System%20Facilities%20Class/System%20Facilities%20Class.zip

http://cid-475a0a48ca6d4035.office.l...20Part%202.zip
Awesome contribution. I went as far as pushing the rep button, but got that familiar "Spread it around"
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21 Nov 2010   #13
xarden

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
You can read all you want, but there is no substitute for doing it yourself. If you can do little addon's to your computer, like adding a hard drive or an additional fan, you will learn alot. If unsure about something, ask on here. People are very nice and quick to help.
Agreed.

Try adding several harddrives on an IDE cable, change/remove the jumper on them. See what happens

Use a 40wire IDE cable, then an 80wire IDE cable.
See what happens then
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21 Nov 2010   #14
Brayton

windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

This is why I love these forums. Thanks for the responses and great suggestions. I've made a list and will get to work on it. I sometimes think there are as many people looking at these forums, as I am, that need this type of help, as well as the more technical viewers. Please keep any additional suggestions coming. Many thanks to all who responded thus far.
Brayton
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21 Nov 2010   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Awesome contribution. I went as far as pushing the rep button, but got that familiar "Spread it around"
Thank you Richard. It is the thought that counts. I really appreciate.
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21 Nov 2010   #16
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
Upgrading and repairing pc's by scott mueller...I have the 12th edition very outdated now(up to one gig cpu's ) but I'm sure there are newer editions out now....cost me $60 in the mid/late 90's
Mueller's book is good, I also like Mike Meyers books for A+ Certification pretty much the same material!
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22 Nov 2010   #17
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I've got to say, I miss the good old days when computers came with User Manuals. I mean ... these days it looks like the computer companies think that consumers are not supposed to mess with anything, but rather treat their machines as black boxes that perform certain tasks. How did I learn anything? You'll be surprised, but all I did (in addition of trial and error) was I read the manual. My first computer was Commodore 128. It came with two very thick books, User Manual and Programmers Reference Manual. These contained all information about the machine, including memory maps and some chip blueprints and a complete reference for the assembly language.

Well, nowadays, the information is less easy to come by and I must say, the machines are way more complex. But still, you can find your way around. Of course the first thing to do now is to learn your way around the OS. So I would grab the Microsoft book - some of that available online for free - about Windows 7, it's similar to the good old manual. As to the adding hardware to your PC - at least my computers (mostly Sonys and Dells) still come with little manuals that describe in detail which screws to use for each purpose.
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22 Nov 2010   #18
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ivan the SoSo View Post
Upgrading and repairing pc's by scott mueller...I have the 12th edition very outdated now(up to one gig cpu's ) but I'm sure there are newer editions out now....cost me $60 in the mid/late 90's
Mueller's book is good, I also like Mike Meyers books for A+ Certification pretty much the same material!
If your hardware isn't right you will never get the software right!
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22 Nov 2010   #19
blackzero

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I'm learning by doing. That's what I get for being a network and software administrator. >_>

It's priceless though. Learning from experience is the best course you can get in this world. None can beat that.
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22 Nov 2010   #20
Imperfect1

 
 

I am partial to the Microsoft publications for all of their products. I find they give the most accurate and detailed information as to how everything works.

I find it particularly helpful to mark up my 'how-to' reference materials with my own notes and comments. Going through the motions of reading and commenting on what I've read seems to cement the information in my mind.

Another thing that I do is that whenever I read a good tip or instruction about how to do (or not do) something, I copy it into a Word doc list that I've created for this purpose. My how-to list for Vista is over 150 pages now (believe it or not) and my Windows 7 how-to list is about 50 pages already. Little by little, by little, you learn how to do things.

I also find a lot of good information on-line by using the Google browser (rather than any of the others) which is particularly useful for computer issues. Many of the posts refer you to other forums and help sources, many of which seem to be excellent. (A word of caution though, when trying to follow anyone's advice on a particular problem: ALWAYS make a system restore point and/or back up your system before trying any of the advice you read!)
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