Do you feel you are being left behind in the technology revolution? It is never too late to learn. This course will acquaint you with the computer terminology and devices that help manage information today. You will gain insight into computer hardware and the Microsoft Windows operating system. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic word processing functions of the popular Microsoft Word program. You will also learn how to use the Outlook email program and the best search techniques on the Internet. Registered students are eligible for free Windows software. Keyboarding skills recommended. Why pay for expensive upgrades when you can learn how to do them yourself? Practice RAM, expansion cards and peripheral device installations in a hands-on course with real parts. Learn how to configure drivers and troubleshoot your Windows operating system. You will learn how to reformat a hard drive, partition it and load Windows. Discover how to add new peripherals including printers and scanners. Learn how to download and install driver updates from the manufacturer’s website. Additional topics include troubleshooting basics, researching errors online, hardware trends, buying a new PC (pre-built vs. custom), and standards for monitors, hard drive sizes, ports and optical drives. Additionally, viruses, spyware, surge protectors and backups will also be discussed. For the beginner through intermediate PC user.