Fundamentals of Microsoft

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About this Course

This course is intended for serious computer hobbyists, IT students, and IT professionals.

The free online textbook for this course is Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft® Windows® XP in 24 Hours. Read the Introduction to the book.

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Study Aids

Glossary of Terms

Differences Between the Windows Home and Professional Edition

Lesson 1. A Bird's-Eye Look at Windows XP

In this lesson, you will:

  • Learn why Windows XP is more robust than previous operating systems
  • Read about the many versions of Windows XP
  • See the minimum computing power required for Windows XP
  • Learn how Windows XP greatly enhances the multimedia experience

Reading Assignments

Read the following sections from your free online textbook:

1-1 offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Windows XP Simply Works Better
1-2 offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Windows XP Comes in Several Flavors
1-3 offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Make Sure You Understand Windows Controls

Learning Activities

  1. Use this search box to refine and expand your understanding of new terms and concepts in the reading assignments.

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