Exploring the Windows Operating System
• identify the key differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8 OS
• identify the features of Windows 10
• explore Windows 10.
Exploring Windows Operating System:
In order to be a self-learner, one needs these 5 simple qualities – openness to learn, bravery to try again, curiosity about trying something new, patience, boldly seeking help from others.
Well then, this session will not only help you understand self-learning but will also make you a champion self-learner.
It will also teach you some very interesting things about Operating Systems and Windows 10.
1. This activity will help you get started on your journey as a self-learner. You have 3 tasks to complete the journey.
a. Understand the key differences between Windows 7 OS and Windows 8 OS.
Why learn this: The Windows Operating System has evolved over the last 30 years and understanding Windows 10, which is the latest version becomes easier if you have a good idea about Windows 7 and Windows 8. Also,
many computers still have Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS and learning this makes you smarter because you can use any version of Windows after learning this!
Start the task: To help you kick start your journey, we have already noted down some key differences between
Windows 7 OS and Windows 8 OS. Read this and then find out more differences between the two Operating Systems.
The main differences
Windows 7 was (and perhaps still is) the easiest version of Windows! It is built for laptops and desktops. It has a taskbar, which makes the navigation on the screen very easy.
Windows 8 looks quite different from Windows 7.
This is because it is designed to also work with touchscreen
computers and tablets.
When you log into Windows 8, the
first screen you see is the new ‘Start Screen’ also known as
‘Metro’. It still has the familiar ‘Desktop’ as well.
In Windows 8, instead of icons, the new Start Screen has ‘Tiles’.
You click these to open your ‘Apps’ (short for Applications). If you
can not find a particular tile, do a right mouse click in the space
at the bottom of the screen and click All Apps. Additional apps
can be downloaded from the Windows Store in Windows 8.
Challenge for Self-Learning: Windows 8 does not have a Start Menu. Then how do you think one can start or shut down the computer?
b. Explore Windows 10 Operating System
Why learn this: The Windows 10 Operating System is the latest OS and it is
compatible with tablets, laptops, mobiles, and computers. The OS is also App
friendly, and a user can now use mobile apps such as WhatsApp on the
computer too, thanks to Windows 10 OS.
Start the task: To help you kickstart your journey, we have already noted down
some key features of Windows 10 OS. Read this and then find out more about
this Operating System.
Welcome to the world of Windows 10 OS.
Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015 as a follow-up to
Windows 8. It is built to support touch and keypad devices.
Windows 10 OS has the same look and feels on a mobile device as well as a laptop or desktop.
Windows 10’s integrated search feature allows users to search all local locations, as well as the web simultaneously!
Microsoft Edge debuted with Windows 10 and replaced the Internet
Explorer is the default web browser.
The minimum Windows 10 mobile hardware requirements for a smartphone are 1 GB RAM, 8 GB flash storage, 32 bits of color per pixel, and 720p screen resolution.
The start menu that is common in Windows 7 and 8, is present in 10. Additionally, it has a bunch of tiles that show news from the internet, different apps, weather, etc., as tiles that can be touched to open.
Challenge for Self-Learning: Windows 10 has a special feature called TILES. What are the benefits of having this feature? See the image above for clues and answer the question, by learning more about TILES on your own.
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