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I'm creating Win Video Tutorials, what topic should I do?

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    Windows 8

    I'm creating Win Video Tutorials, what topic should I do?


    I have been working on an idea to create free video tutorials on how to do basic and advanced tasks in both Windows 7 and Windows 8. I have already produced a number of videos, but I would like to know what people are interested in and to have your ideas on what the next videos I create should be. Please let me know what you think would be useful to other people or what you would like to be shown how to do in Windows 7/8. Please post your ideas below and message me if you would like to see the videos I have created so far. (or just go to windowsguide.info)
    Last edited by benefactor; 17 May 2014 at 14:51.

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    I would love to see a video tutorial along the lines of Adding Windows 7 64 bit to a PC with Windows 8 Preloaded. I have done many multi-boot systems in the past, but they were all on MBR/BIOS based systems. This EUFI/GPT stuff is new to me. From what I've seen it can be very easy to run the Windows 7 installer and totally hose your GPT setup.

    I'm talking systems with a sing physical conventional HD, or "spinner" as they call them these days.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I think setting up a virtual machine and booting from vhdx would be good. Tag line "replace your hardware and it doesn't matter".
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    There are already hundreds if not thousands of these videos out there. You need to set yours apart from the others. The biggest thing I see when screening these videos. Is too much wasted time and drivel by the person that created them.

    Start it out with what the video will be about. Then show bullet points of what you will be going over (mix in Power Point slides with video of what each bullet point is about). Then get to the meat of the subject. You want to keep the interest of the user, not lose them at 30 seconds into the video.

    If anything. Microsoft has already done the hard work, along with the Dummies series of most of these subjects.

    The biggest thing that I have seen that people miss the point on. Is showing troubleshooting steps of how to fix even the simple things that can happen with Windows or any Operating System. I still have not found a video out there that can simply walk someone how to setup a VPN or even a network connection. Without the author going off on some tangent, or just sitting there wasting the viewer's time by not showing what the title of the video is about.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    @broe I think to be fair we should watch at least one of the OP's videos first. Then tell him how rotten it is. Just kidding. Kind of like that bit about we'll execute the prisoner for murder, then make sure he gets a fair trail.

    We shouldn't assume these vids are lousy sight unseen though.

    I look forward to the PM so I can see what's to be seen.
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I really appreciate the feedback, I found broe's comments really helpful. I am new to this forum, but there doesn't seem to be any way to PM someone. MilesAhead, thank you for your interest in my site, if you use the combination of windowsguide dot info then you will be able to have a look at it. I am more than happy to receive constructive criticism. I have not seem a site (that is not a youtube channel) which has a collection of freely accessible windows tutorial videos all stored in the one place. My friend and I have over 50 years experience as IT professionals supporting the Microsoft platform, so the content should be quality, we just need to try and make it interesting.
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    @benefactor, just participate in the forums. After a bit you will be able to PM. It's just a safeguard against spam solicitations in the PMs. I was kidding broe but I know what he means. Many people don't script the tutorials. You end up listening to meandering monologue. Some people think since they know how to use some software they don't have to prepare. They just wing it and babble is the most common result.

    I'm optimistic your vids don't follow that paradigm. I'll check them out.

    Edit: The page looks good. Please update this thread when there's video content(unless I didn't click all the links.)

    Edit2: btw if you guys have over 50 years IT experience shouldn't you have a few gray hairs? You guys look 20 in those pics. Wish I still looked that good.
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    I just added you to my Google+ circle Ben. If people do not take creative criticism when they are wanting to do this kind of stuff. Then we just end up with the same old stuff.

    I would say the biggest thing that we see is the fear of trying something new, when it comes to people asking how to do stuff with Windows 8. Most are so used to Windows 7 or Vista. That they get the Metro interface and feel so overwhelmed. Then add to that all of the writer noise from various publications that do not even show people simple things.

    I always point people to the likes of slipstick.com or ezlan.net for stuff. Even when you try to explain how to do stuff in the Command Window. A lot feel that they are now getting that Deer in the Headlights look.

    I taught myself a lot of this stuff. What I did not learn on my own, I reaped from the posts in forums like this when I would hit a brick wall.

    Even putting together a video on how to connect stuff like a Chromecast or Amazon Fire Streaming box would be great. I tried to even find simple tutorials for my 74 year old mother, to teach her how to use her Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. I cannot find anything that simply explains how to turn back on Wifi, use email, the touch interface, etc..

    I basically gave it to her and said "Her mom. This is how you bring up the icons. This is how you get to Facebook. This is how you bring up the Walgreen's app, etc.." I usually have to run down to her place five minutes away, to turn back on her wifi. Because she still cannot get the whole swipe or how to fix something. All because the simple stuff like that is not covered in videos. Or they are too plain and not detailed in steps as they should be.

    Everything is becoming like Common Core in school these days.
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    Windows 8


    Great ideas broe23, we are starting with simple tutorials but also including a few tips and tricks. The idea of doing video tutorials is that they are easy for beginners to follow as it is the closest you can get to showing them how to do it in person. Thanks for the add in Google+ here is the profile link for my google+ (the other link is for the site) https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BenKirwood/posts

    MilesAhead, we do have a few grey hairs starting to show, we are both in our late thirties and have kids, I think I just got the light right in my photo so that it wasn't so easy to notice. We have about 10 videos posted up so far, you can access them through the drop down menus at the top of the page, I will add a getting started slide to the front page so that people can find the videos easily.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    I would love to see a video tutorial along the lines of Adding Windows 7 64 bit to a PC with Windows 8 Preloaded. I have done many multi-boot systems in the past, but they were all on MBR/BIOS based systems. This EUFI/GPT stuff is new to me. From what I've seen it can be very easy to run the Windows 7 installer and totally hose your GPT setup.

    I'm talking systems with a sing physical conventional HD, or "spinner" as they call them these days.
    I never looked for one ,but sure could have used one last week ,I could not get it to let me install win7 no mater what I tried ,I didn't care about loosing win8 ,so I ended up deleting all partition, using a win vista dvd to delete the partition ,deleting all the partitions[including the factory restore partition ] was the only way I could get it to let me install win7 ,win 8 or win7 dvds would not let me deleted the partition .all is good now win7 running fine
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