Explaining the Install wizard

Windows_95If you remember the early South African days (or should I say daze) with Microsoft Windows post-Windows 3.1 and DOS start-up screens where the CLI was your best friend only if you actually knew DOS commands and how to run .com or .bat files, then you will also remember how one went about installing software on computers once the GUI was established and we had this fancy new “plug ‘n play” technology.

Installing software was, and is, such a burden considering the fast-paced world we live in and the speed at which PC’s are able to accomplish tasks these days. But we sat, patiently, watching the progress bar move at a rate of ‘snail’ from left to right only to stop every now and then and ask for the next ‘floppy’ or ‘stiffy’ to be inserted.. Does anyone remember that?

Then, with the advent of CD’s, the installation process sped up a bit but we still made use of that one old faithful friend, the Install Wizard! Yep, he gently and firmly, with determination, guided the user through the path of installing software onto the computer and making sure that everything was just right before trying to launch that program you just paid a small fortune for.

In CAT, we teach our students about installing and un-installing software but we don’t actually get them to do it themselves so that they can truly grasp the concept with a hands-on experience of their own. I plan to remedy that soon and create a fake installer that mimics a real-life software install with all the bells and whistle and dark design techniques that go into it as well to get the user to read less and click more!

Presentation for you

Sampling of available slides.I have created a PowerPoint presentation detailing the installation wizard in a Microsoft Windows environment. Teachers and students alike can use it. I have not added notes as the pics are quite self-explanatory and the teacher can easily elaborate. Transitions and animations are all complete, you just click away!

Download the file here : https://copy.com/ScCormvEMWeT

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