Free help with Windows

Today I’m going to mention something which doesn’t go down well with some folks, so please excuse me for a moment while I batten down the hatches…

If you’re going to use a computer (and, more specifically to a main topic of this blog, chess computer software), you’re going to need to understand basic concepts like “files” and “folders”. I’m not talking about high-level college course concepts here; all I’m talking about is the bare-bones basic stuff. If I had to guess, I’d say that 90+% of computer users already have a working knowledge of these basic instructions.

The reason I bring this up is because I’m going to be providing ChessBase and Fritz tips in this blog, and I’d rather not have to explain basic concepts at all, much less repeat them every two or three blog posts. So for the <10% of PC users who aren’t familiar with the basic concepts (as well as for other folks who might want a quick refresher), I did a little digging around online and found a web site which provides videos tutorials on how to use Windows:

FREE Windows instructional videos

That link will take you to a page which displays a “table of contents”; these are links to videos which will teach you to  use Windows7 effectively. If you’re a user of other versions of Windows (such as XP or Vista), you can click on the appropriate link from the list on the left-hand side of that page.

And, if you’re in a really big hurry and only want to learn about files and folders (which is most of what you’ll need to know to make the most effective use of ChessBase/Fritz), you can use this link for the video which explains those terms for Windows7 users:

“Folders” and “files” for Windows7 users

(By the way, even the fairly “tech-savvy” will find other interesting information and tutorials on that site, so don’t be afraid to look around a little — especially at the “Backup” section!)

Have fun — Steve Lopez

Copyright 2011, Steven A. Lopez. All rights reserved.


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  1. Pingback: Saving your own games using Fritz and Rybka | USCFSales

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