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Comptia A+ Certification All-in-one for Dummies

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-09-18
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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Supplemental Materials

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Fully updated to cover the 2019 exam release! 

CompTIA's A+ certification is an essential certification to building a successful IT career. Test takers must pass both 90-question exams to be certified, and this book—plus online test bank—will help you reach your certification goal. 

The 9 minibooks map to the exam's objectives, and include new content on Windows 10, Scripting, Linux, and mobile devices. You’ll learn about how computers work, networking, computer repair and troubleshooting, security, permissions, and customer service. You'll also find test-taking advice and a review of the types of questions you'll see on the exam.

  • Use the online test bank to test your knowledge and prepare for the exam
  • Get up to speed on operating system basics
  • Find out how to manage the operating system
  • Discover maintenance and troubleshooting tips

Inside is all the knowledge you need to pass the new A+ exam!

Author Biography

Glen E. Clarke, A+, Network+, Security+, is an independent trainer and consultant. Ed Tetz, A+, MCSE, MCT, has written several guides to MCSE and other certifications. Timothy Warner, MCSE, MCT, A+, is an IT professional, technical trainer, and author.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pre-Assessment 9

Book 1: Setting the A+ Groundwork 19

Chapter 1: The 2019 A+ Exams 21

Chapter 2: A+ Best Practices 29

Chapter 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC 55

Chapter 4: An Overview of System Components 75

Book 2: Inside the Box 91

Chapter 1: Knowing Your Motherboard 93

Chapter 2: Picking Your Processor 137

Chapter 3: What to Remember about Memory 179

Chapter 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS 209

Chapter 5: Working with Storage .241

Chapter 6: Working with Power 281

Book 3: Outside the Box 301

Chapter 1: Identifying Basic Cables and Connectors 303

Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring Input Devices 327

Chapter 3: Installing and Configuring Output Devices 345

Chapter 4: Managing Printers 367

Chapter 5: Working with Multimedia Devices 401

Chapter 6: Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices 417

Book 4: Maintenance and Troubleshooting 467

Chapter 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance 469

Chapter 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines 491

Book 5: Operating System Basics 517

Chapter 1: System Design and Operating Systems 519

Chapter 2: Windows Operating System Functions 561

Chapter 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows 609

Chapter 4: Managing Files and Directories 631

Chapter 5: Command Prompt Procedures 663

Chapter 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process 691

Book 6: Managing the Operating System 703

Chapter 1: Loading and Configuring Device Drivers 705

Chapter 2: Working with Applications 725

Chapter 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment 749

Chapter 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities 785

Chapter 5: Scripting within the Operating System 829

Book 7: Recovering Systems 875

Chapter 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages 877

Chapter 2: Managing Common Problems 897

Chapter 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery 919

Book 8: Networking 949

Chapter 1: Down to the Networking Basics 951

Chapter 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications .999

Chapter 3: Networking the Operating System 1031

Chapter 4: Configuring Internet Access and SOHO Networks 1103

Book 9: Securing Systems 1143

Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Security 1145

Chapter 2: Implementing Security .1191

Chapter 3: Viruses and Malicious Software 1231

Appendix A: CompTIA A+ Exam Reference Matrix 1253

Index 1271

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