We need to have through knowledge in different type of windows operating systems to pass comptia a+ essentials exam. I have listed all of the information about knowledge requirements. Please go through each topic and get perfection in explanation about each and every topic to get success in passing a+ essential exam. Ask any question about this lesson in comments section of this post.
We should learn about operating systems like microsoft windows 2000, windows XP professional, XP Home, XP media center, Windows vista home, home premium, business and ultimate.
We should be able to compare and contrast the different Windows Operating Systems and their features like Windows 2000, Windows XP 32bit vs. 64bit, Windows Vista 32 bit vs. 64bit, Side bar, Aero, UAC, minimum system requirements, system limits, Windows 2000 and newer – upgrade paths and requirements, terminology (32bit vs. 64bit – x86 vs. x64), application compatibility, installed program locations (32bit vs. 64bit),windows compatibility mode, user interface, start bar layout.
We should be able to demonstrate proper use of user interfaces like windows explorer, my Computer, control Panel, command prompt utilities, telnet, ping, ipconfig, run line utilities, msconfig, msinfo32,dxdiag, cmd, REGEDIT, my network places, Task bar / systray, administrative tools, Performance monitor, Event Viewer, Services, Computer Management, MMC, Task Manager, Start Menu
We should be able to explain the process and steps to install and configure the Windows OS like File systems, FAT32 vs. NTFS, Directory structures, Create folders, Navigate directory structures, Files
creation, extensions, attributes, permissions, Verification of hardware compatibility and minimum requirements, Installation methods like Boot media such as CD, floppy or USB, Network installation, Install from image, Recover CD, Factory recovery partition, Operating system installation options like File system type, Network configuration, Repair install, Disk preparation order, Format drive, Partition, Start installation, Device Manager, Verify, Install and update devices drivers, Driver signing, User data migration – User State Migration Tool (USMT), Virtual memory, Configure power management like suspend, Wake on LAN, Sleep timers, Hibernate, Standby, Demonstrate safe removal of peripherals
We should be able to explain the basics of boot sequences, methods and startup utilities like Disk boot order / device priority, Types of boot devices (disk, network, USB, other), Boot options like Safe mode, Boot to restore point, Recovery options, Automated System Recovery (ASR), Emergency Repair Disk (ERD), Recovery console