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1) Chapter 1: Ribbon vs Left Navigation:

My colleague and I have a friendly but regular argument about the updates to the GUI between Windows 7 and applications around that time and Windows 8+. This mostly centers around my love for the ribbon toolbar at the top of the screen which is dynamic and takes up less space on the screen so that you can view more of the data you want to work with without scrolling side to side. Plus you don’t need to have it displayed all the time unless you want to. However, in Windows 7 and older versions of Microsoft Applications you have the left side Navigation menu which can also be a little dynamic, to be fair, but it displays a lot more options by default and takes up more space on your screen. My colleague loves the left navigation because he finds it easier to navigate and likes that it’s always there. No matter what changes Microsoft makes to the user experience people will have their preferences.

2) Chapter 1: Windows

Microsoft paid a lot of attention to the feedback they ignored while developing Windows 8, and it shows. Unfortunately, some parts of Windows 10 are inexplicably bad and hostile to users.

While Windows 10 as a whole shows Microsoft listening to feedback, parts of it show the same old Microsoft that dug its feet in and announced products like the original Xbox One and Windows 8 without appearing to care about many users.

By default, Windows 10 automatically uploads Windows updates and apps from the Windows Store to other PCs over the Internet. This is a great feature when restricted to the local network, but Microsoft opts everyone into the Internet part of it by default, using your upload bandwidth for something that doesn’t help you.

3) Chapter 1: Windows Interface

The Graphic User Interface is found on all Windows operating system otherwise known as the GUI. This is generally presented on the start screen, which usually contains the most frequently used apps or programs. Some of these interfaces have touch screen capabilities while others offers command driven interface for desk tops.

4) Chapter 2: Installing Windows:

Today’s software installation is far more user friendly than the evil programs of the past.Considering that most computers come preloaded with the latest operating system (unless it’s a clearance sale) the need to download or load an OS is becoming a lost art, and with the advent of Microsoft pushing Windows 10 onto unsuspecting consumers, “Big Brother” will move you into the future whether you want to go or not!There is still a need for the IT professional know how to install an OS upgrade and all the nuances that accompany that effort.Are you dealing with 32-bit or 64-bit architecture? Is it possible to perform an in-place install or will a clean install be required and the consequences of each?Chapter two deals with each of these issues in thorough yet easy to understand fashion.Will have keep for a reference guide.


5) Chapter 2: Device Drivers:


In order for any hardware that is connected to the computer requires a device driver to function properly. Device driver is nothing but a small program that will be installed to the hard drive which will instruct the computer how to communicate specifically with the hardware such as printer, wireless keyboard, HD monitor, etc. These device drivers will get installed to the hard drive at the time of first OS installation. So when a new hardware gets installed OS will recognize and start communicating with the hardware. However, when there is an updated driver available for the hardware then OS will connect via Internet and install automatically. One key point is the device driver is specific to 32-bit and 64-bit OS each.

6) Chapter 11: Virtualization

I found chapter 11 fascinating, I watched the videos explaining the MAC and Linux operating systems first so I knew about those features and their uses but what caught my attention was the discussion regarding “Virtualization,” there was lots of talk about the how it works but not so much about the why.So, I found a good article on-line explaining the “why” we should care about “Virtualization.”The article “Virtual Machine” posted by (Margaret Rouse) states that “hypervisor software emulates PC client or server CPU, memory, hard disk or other network resources.”This software allows the administrator to run multiple operating systems and applications of different makes and models on the same platform eliminating the need for additional plant property in the form of computers and enterprise software.The article goes on to outline the advantages and concerns surrounding “Virtualization” and insight into cloud computing.

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