Windows 8 Essentials - On Demand

Price: $199.00

Presented by Paul Thurrott

Running Time: 178 minutes


While Windows 8 was largely panned by consumers and businesses alike at its launch in 2012, a lot has changed in the past two years. Microsoft has responded to the criticisms by stepping back from some of the more egregious, touch-based requirements of the original Windows 8 version and has made the system more responsive and natural for those with traditional, non-touch PCs.

But aside from the user experience weirdness, Windows 8 has always had many advantages over Windows 7 and previous Windows versions. Because so many have ignored this release, however, many are unaware of these advantages. This class will focus on the advantages Windows 8 brings to the desktop and how you can tailor Windows 8 to work most effectively on the PC of your choice.

What you'll learn:

  • What features make Windows 8 the best Windows yet
  • How to configure Windows 8 to work the way you want it to
  • How to manage Windows 8 with both traditional and mobile management solutions


Session 1: What's New with Windows 8

A lot has changed with Windows in Windows 8, and not all of it is bad. In this session, we'll examine the improvements and other changes that Microsoft made to the new Windows and how this version differs from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.


Session 2: Configuring Windows 8 to Work the Way You Want It to Work

Old habits die hard, and retraining can be expensive and time-consuming. This session will focus on how you can configure Windows 8 to work the way you want, using built-in options and third-party tools.


Session 3: Managing the New Windows

Windows 8 can be managed with traditional Active Directory and System Center infrastructure, but thanks to its mobile platform addition, it can also be optionally managed with more modern Mobile Device Management (MDM) services. This session will provide an overview of the differences between the two and explain how and when you may wish to pursue an MDM solution.


About our instructor:

Paul Thurrott is the news editor for Windows IT Pro. He writes a weekly editorial for Windows IT Pro UPDATE and a daily Windows news and information newsletter called WinInfo Daily UPDATE ( You can reach him via email at


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