Microsoft’s Free Windows 7 Help & Training Resources

Microsoft provides a great deal of Free Software & Resources for Windows 7 – and (of course) Microsoft also has Free Training Resources for Learning Windows 7
Start Here –> Windows 7 Product Guide provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 7. The guide is designed as an acurrate source of information that can help you to understand how Windows 7 Simplifies Everyday Tasks, Works the Way You Want, and Makes New Things Possible. The guide is also designed to provide IT Professionals with information about how to Make People Productive Anywhere, Manage Risk Through Enhanced Security and Control, and Reduce Costs by Streamlining PC Management. This is not a help and how to guide. Rather, it provides an overview of the many exciting features in Windows 7 and pointers to more information.
30 Windows 7 Tips & Secrets from Microsoft’s Tim Sneath
77 Windows 7 Tips from Microsoft’s TechNet Magazine
What’s New in Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) – video walk-through of some new / updated features 
Features & Screenshots
Walkthrough Screencasts to Help Learn Windows 7
    • AppLocker is a flexible, easily administered mechanism that enables IT professionals to specify exactly what is allowed to run on user desktops. It provides the flexibility to allow users to run the applications, installation programs, and scripts they need to be productive. Learn how you can realize the security, operational, and compliance benefits of application standardization by using AppLocker.
    • BitLocker and BitLocker to Go – In Windows 7, core BitLocker Drive Encryption functionality is enhanced to deliver an improved experience for IT professionals and end users—from simple enhancements such as the ability to right-click on a drive to enable BitLocker protection to the automatic creation of the required hidden boot partition. Learn about these enhancements and the new BitLocker To Go, which gives system administrators control over how removable storage devices can be used and the strength of protection required.
    • BranchCache is the next step to improving end user productivity in branch offices. BranchCache caches content from remote file and Web servers in the branch location so that users can more quickly access this information. The cache can be hosted centrally on a server in the branch location, or can be distributed across user PCs.
    • Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a new command-line tool for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. This demonstration explores how DISM consolidates the core image management functions of multiple tools found in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) and enables IT professionals to view components of an applied or mounted operating system image and add or remove packages, software updates, and drivers.
    • Enterprise Application Compatibility – Explore enterprise application compatibility in Windows 7 with this video feature walkthrough shows how creating compatibility fixes for an incompatible application running in Windows Vista can be used on a Windows 7–based computer.
    • HomeGroup & QuickTour helps simplify file and printer sharing among computers that run Windows 7 on your home network. This document explains how to set up and use homegroups. (Support: FAQ)
    • Libraries – step-by-step instructions in this walkthrough provide a brief tour of the new Libraries feature in Windows 7. These instructions assume that you have not removed the default Libraries or the sample music, pictures, and videos that come with Windows 7. (Support: Organizing with Windows 7 LibrariesFAQ)
    • Location Aware Printing Walkthrough & Quick Tour provides a brief tour of the new Location Aware Printing feature in Windows 7 (available in Windows 7 Professional or higher). These instructions assume that your computer is connected to at least two networks. (Support: FAQ)
    • Migrating from Windows XP highlights how the User State Migration Tool (USMT), included in the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7, can be used to migrate user files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 using a default installation.
    • PowerShell 2.0 helps increase the productivity of IT professionals by providing a powerful, complete scripting language to automate repetitive tasks and conduct remote troubleshooting. Explore how it delivers a growing set of cmdlets that can be used to manage Windows–based PCs and servers, and it can be easily extended.
    • Problem Steps Recorder enables users to record their interactions with an application and provide a detailed screen-by-screen view with accompanying information. Learn how this feature works and how the recording can be used to quickly identify problems and help reduce time spent with the help desk.
    • Search – The step-by-step instructions in this walkthrough provide a brief tour of new search features in Windows 7. These instructions assume that the sample pictures and music that come with Windows 7 are still on the computer. (Support: Shorter Search Walkthough, FAQ)
    • Security on Your Terms Walkthrough & Quick Tour describes some of the new or changed security features in Windows 7. These features include the new Action Center and the updated UAC. This also describes how Windows 7 extends BitLocker Drive Encryption to portable storage devices. (Support: FAQ)
    • User State Migration Tool (USMT) provides fast and flexible options to migrate user profiles and data from one operating system to another. The new Hard-Link Migration feature highlighted in the demonstration can dramatically reduce migration time for in-place operating system migration or computer refresh scenarios. 
"Preview" Videos: Microsoft Windows Overview – Introducing the future of Windows (1:32)
Windows 7
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8
Windows Live Services
    1. Introducing Windows 7: Benefits of Windows 7, Improved Accessibility, Enhanced Security, Imporved Operation Efficiency, & Managing Images Using DISM.
    • ACT 5.5 Getting Started Handout – Preparing for Compatibilty Testing & Implementing Your Testing Process
    • ACT 5.5 Handout Card – Managing the Compatibilty Testing Process & Resolving Compatibilty Issues
    • BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide – overview of the BranchCache feature introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. After a thorough introduction of BranchCache and its modes of operation, the document describes BranchCache configuration. It then provides troubleshooting details and a list of tools to be used by BranchCache administrators.
    • BranchCache Technical Overview explains the different modes in which BranchCache operates, and describes how BranchCache is configured. The paper also explains how BranchCache works with Web servers and file servers and the steps BranchCache takes to determine that the content is up-to-date.
    • Desktop Deployment Overview of the new Windows 7 features.
    • DirectAccess Early Adopter’s Guide introduces DirectAccess concepts, defines new terms, explains requirements for installation, discusses how to design DirectAccess architecture, and then steps you through installation and deployment.
    • DirectAccess Technical Overview – Describes DirectAccess in technical detail, covering why the technology is useful to enterprises with a mobile workforce and the different architectures and technologies that DirectAccess uses to manage mobile connection, authentication, and authorization. Compares selected server and full enterprise network access architectures, describes the step-by-step connection process for mobile computers and users, and summarizes requirements.
    • Enterprise Search in Windows 7 Overview – outlines how Windows 7 provides users with an improved and seamless search experience across local and networked corporate data directly within Windows Explorer.
    • Federated Search Provider Implementer’s Guide describes how to build a basic web service that leverages the Windows OpenSearch provider for federated search.Federated search enables users to search remote data sources from within Windows Explorer and to interact with that remote data from within Windows Explorer.
    • Group Policy Settings References for Windows and Windows Server lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the Administrative template files delivered with the Windows operating systems specified. You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs).
    • HomeGroup & Firewall Interaction details how HomeGroup interacts with Windows Firewall by explaining what ports and rules are required for firewalls to implement for HomeGroup to work correctly. It contains a comprehensive listing of required firewall rules and when rules are enabled based on automatic and user actions.
    • Introduction to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security – Learn how to manage Windows Firewall in Windows 7 by using the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Microsoft Management Control (MMC) snap-in, with Netsh commands, and with Group Policy.
    • Managing Shims in an Enterprise provides reusable guidance for reducing the cost of deployment for Windows 7 by accelerating the mitigation of blocking application compatibility issues—including understanding how shims work, when to consider applying shims, and how to manage the shims you do apply.
    • Power Management in Windows 7 Overview provides an overview of the power management features in Windows 7. Discover how Windows 7 reduces power consumption and makes power management easier.
    • Security Audit Events an Excel spreadsheet listing all security audit events for Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2.
    • Security Baselines Beta for Windows 7 & Internet Explorer 8 provides recommendations to help you plan, deploy, and monitor the security of Windows 7 & Internet Explorer 8.
    • User State Migration Tool: What’s New? Learn about Windows User State Migration Tool 4.0, which is a scriptable command-line tool that can be customized to your user file migration needs.
    • Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide provides an introduction to virtual hard disks (VHDs) in Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2. It includes an overview of technologies that you use to configure VHDs, as well as procedures to help guide you through deploying VHDs.
    • Virtual PC Evaluation Guide describes how to install Windows Virtual PC and set up a virtual environment, such as Windows XP mode or a custom virtual machine. It also shows you how to try out some of the key features of Windows Virtual PC. (NotesHome Page)
    • Windows Search – Part of the IT Pro at Home: Tips and Tricks series, this screencast shows you how Windows Search can make Windows 7 your one-stop-search-shop at work and at home.
    • Windows 7 Network Location details how the network locations (home, work, and public) work, how they relate to network categories (private and public), and the interaction between network locations and Windows Firewall.
    • Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements for Enterprises (6.4 MB) A detailed look at new networking technologies in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, with particular emphasis on enhancements to improve connectivity for a mobile workforce.
    • Windows 7 VHD Boot (command line) demonstration explains how to build a bootable Windows 7 VHD image from a Windows 7 “install.wim” file using diskpart.exe and imagex.exe. The demonstration continues with an explanation of how to configure the boot entry using bcdedit.exe and explains the limitations of VHD Boot.
    • Windows 7 What’s New Guide covers many new and changed Windows 7 features of interest to IT professionals, including DirectAccess, BranchCache and other networking technologies, VHD boot and other deployment technologies, and AppLocker, Biometrics, and other security technologies.
    • Windows 7 Manageability Overview – Windows 7 introduces a number of manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance requirements. This paper provides an overview of each of these improvements.
    • Get Ready for Windows 7 introduces Windows 7 and summarizes the key developer advances such as The New Taskbar and Shell Experience, Federated Search, Multi-touch Support, and Sensors and Location.
    • Windows 7 – What Does it Mean to Game Developers? summarizes the new platform features, and detail the technical differences between Windows Vista and the upcoming new release. We’ll also review some of the common issues encountered moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 for code that’s not up to speed on Windows Vista.
    • The Beauty of Destruction covers all aspects of C++ object destruction, ranging from destructor performance to best practices. Topics include order of destruction, implicit destructors, and details around how destructors are affected by exception handling, polymorphism, and partially constructed objects. This also covers related topics like the delete operator, STL allocator::deallocate, and shared_ptr deletors.
    • Direct3D11Multithreaded Rendering and Compute discusses the changes made to the Direct3D11 API that enable resource management and rendering work to be submitted across multiple CPU threads. Direct3D 11 also introduces the Compute Shader as a new way to access the huge power of GPUs for brute force processing. It opens the door to use of more general data-structures and new classes of algorithms than GPUs have been able to deliver previously.
    • Direct3D11Tessellation Deep Dive summarizes the design of the hull shader, tessellator, and domain shader pipeline stages, and outline their intended usage. The second half of the talk will describe in depth and demonstrate the real-time Catmull-Clark subdivision surface approximation algorithm developed by Microsoft Research and implemented in the DirectX SDK samples.
    • Lockless Programming explains the problems with locks and how lockless programming can avoid those limitations. It will then cover some of the challenges with lockless programming and how to manage them. Finally the talk will present some lockless techniques that have been successfully used in games. Concrete examples and performance measurements will be shown.
    • NetGroveNew Tools for Network Optimization – NetGrove is one of the newest and most potent tools in the network programmer’s arsenal. Topics covered include bandwidth compression techniques, appropriate packet and topology choices, common pitfalls based on technical reviews of real titles, expected best practices for the console and latest consumer bandwidth trends. The talk will provide demonstrations of a number of NetGrove’s features that build on the packet sniffing capabilities of NetMon 3.1 as well as provide easy-to-adopt techniques for tuning games to typical bandwidths and latencies.
    • Out of OrderMaking In-Order Processors Play Nicely – Code that performs well on a PC does not always perform well on the in-order processors in modern consoles. Adapting code to suit in-order processors is tricky, and requires care and attention. This session illustrated the strategies you can employ to get great performance on in-order CPUs, including tackling load-hit-stores, L2 miss, branch mispredicts and expensive instructions.

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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