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Basic Windows 10 Video Tutorial or Interactive Guide

bondiablo 1,091 1,333 January 9, 2016 at 07:42 PM
Does anyone know of a good and, I can't possibly stress this enough, BASIC guide to Windows 10? Not one that discusses the differences between Windows 10 and past versions. Something that shows people how to do stuff so simple you wouldn't think anyone would need this. Even if it's meant for little kids, that would be fine.

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Not off the top of my head. Look around and see what you can find with google. Your request reminds my of the program they used to include with early Macintosh computers that taught people how to use a mouse.

A good option to consider might be free computer classes at your local library. On that note, my chances of teaching my grandma to use a computer were pretty much shot when her local news station ran a story in the late 90's that declared 85% of the internet was porn. I was visiting at the time... It's hard to find words to describe her facial expression.
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YouTube is full of them
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Seriously, I need something that simple. I've lost my patience with someone who keeps asking how to do the simplest stuff, even if I've told them how to do it 10 times before.

I tried youtube but either they're telling people how to do things in 10 compared to previous versions or they're not on 10. I really need something that looks exactly like they'll see on a fresh install of 10.
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Try to ask leading questions rather than telling them what to do. Encourage them to try to figure it out. As an exercise, try introducing a foreign concept related to things they often try to do and encourage them to figure out how to do it asking questions. Also, vocab is important it will help them accurately describe what's going on and help them search for the solution as well as aid in your communication with them.

While this is probably the best advice I have, I can attest that it doesn't always work.

I have one relative with a masters of science who routinely fails to solve his own problems and needs a lot of hand holding when I do help. I try to send periodic emails with links to how to articles or video tutorials and when he calls for help I ask a few questions and try to explain what I think he should do and then tell him I don't have time right now and I'll give him a call next weekend. Sometimes the pep talk with the right vocab is all he needs to solve it himself... other times I get to spend 4 hours of my weekend on the phone with him.

My parents are by far the most difficult. I swear sometimes they haven't actually learned anything in 30+ years of using a computer. To be fair there are some medical issues in play but it can still be extremely frustrating. Sometimes I want to turn their iMac into a System 6 emulator without the multi-finder. I do some of the same things, sending links to tutorials and asking leading questions but rather than being the nudge my mom needs to solve her problems, she tends to just get frustrated and annoyed. My dad actually used to program in FORTRAN on punch cards, but that doesn't do him much good these days.

You can make your own videos if needed with screen casting software.
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Try to ask leading questions rather than telling them what to do. Encourage them to try to figure it out. As an exercise, try introducing a foreign concept related to things they often try to do and encourage them to figure out how to do it asking questions. Also, vocab is important it will help them accurately describe what's going on and help them search for the solution as well as aid in your communication with them.

While this is probably the best advice I have, I can attest that it doesn't always work.

I have one relative with a masters of science who routinely fails to solve his own problems and needs a lot of hand holding when I do help. I try to send periodic emails with links to how to articles or video tutorials and when he calls for help I ask a few questions and try to explain what I think he should do and then tell him I don't have time right now and I'll give him a call next weekend. Sometimes the pep talk with the right vocab is all he needs to solve it himself... other times I get to spend 4 hours of my weekend on the phone with him.

My parents are by far the most difficult. I swear sometimes they haven't actually learned anything in 30+ years of using a computer. To be fair there are some medical issues in play but it can still be extremely frustrating. Sometimes I want to turn their iMac into a System 6 emulator without the multi-finder. I do some of the same things, sending links to tutorials and asking leading questions but rather than being the nudge my mom needs to solve her problems, she tends to just get frustrated and annoyed. My dad actually used to program in FORTRAN on punch cards, but that doesn't do him much good these days.

You can make your own videos if needed with screen casting software.
It goes beyond old school folks who are tech hostile or set in their ways in some form or flavor. Even the young kids are computer morons when it comes to anything outside their little world of phone apps, youtube and whatever is on the main screen with a shortcut for them. I have a niece that is a junior in college and still does not know or understand what a folder is (and she is quite bright). It goes along with the whole degradation of the country and culture as a whole where no one wants to think, no one wants to spend time learning and they are all so self-absorbed in whatever they are concerned with the idea of actually using your brain let along talking to someone to hold an intelligent conversation is becoming more and more rare.

That said, Microsoft's Windows 8 disaster and their decision to screw with the finest OS for the home ever created (Windows 7) that EVERYONE likes (except for maybe a few hard core Apple fan boys and some Unix-heads who can not use anything without vi present) and which has an established base of support continues to reverberate. Windows 10 still is an attempt to accept the idiotic Metro interface and dumb down the PC interface with blocks and tiles because we are apparently too stupid to understand what a program menu is or look up a program there lol. MS still wants to cater to the same crowd that works on phones and XBOXs lol. Windows 10 is an attempt to correct their own arrogance in not listening to anyone when they were in Windows 8 beta. They would have been far better off spending time adding onto the Windows 7 interface instead of trying to change it for change's sake or to satisfy the youtube\tablet crowd imo.
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