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All the knowledge you need to pass the new A+ exam
A+ is the gateway certification into many IT careers and can be essential in order to start your occupation off on the right foot in the exciting and rapidly expanding field of information technology. Luckily, the 9 minibooks inCompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies make it easier to prepare for this all-important exam so you can pass with flying colors! It quickly and easily gets you up to speed on everything from networking and computer repair to troubleshooting, security, permissions, customer service-and everything in between.
The CompTIA A+ test is a rigorous exam, but the experts who wrote this book know exactly what you need to understand in order to help you reach your certification goal. Fully updated for the latest revision of the exam, this comprehensive guide covers the domains of the exam in detail, reflecting the enhanced emphasis on hardware and new Windows content, as well as the nuts and bolts, like operating system basics, recovering systems, securing systems, and more.
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Prepare for the A+ exam with a review of the types of questions you'll see on the actual test
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With the help of this friendly, hands-on guide, you'll learn everything necessary to pass the test, and more importantly, to succeed in your job!
Glen E. Clarke is an independent trainer and consultant. He writes books and leads courses on numerous certifications. Ed Tetz is a field support professional for a major IT firm and the author of guides to MCSE and other certifications. Timothy Warner is an IT professional, technical trainer, and author with MCSE, MCT, A+, and Network+ certifications.
Introduction 1 Pre-Assessment 9 Book 1: Setting the A Groundwork 17 CHAPTER 1: The 2015 A+ Exams 19 CHAPTER 2: A+ Soft Skills 27 CHAPTER 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC 45 CHAPTER 4: An Overview of System Components 61 Book 2: Inside the Box 79 CHAPTER 1: Knowing Your Motherboard 81 CHAPTER 2: Picking Your Processor 125 CHAPTER 3: What to Remember about Memory 165 CHAPTER 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS 193 CHAPTER 5: Managing Storage Technology 223 CHAPTER 6: Working with Power 263 Book 3: Outside the Box 283 CHAPTER 1: Describing Ports, Cables, and Connectors 285 CHAPTER 2: Installing and Configuring Input Devices 313 CHAPTER 3: Installing and Configuring Output Devices 331 CHAPTER 4: Managing Printers 351 CHAPTER 5: Working with Multimedia Devices 385 CHAPTER 6: Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices 401 Book 4: Maintenance and Troubleshooting 445 CHAPTER 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance 447 CHAPTER 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines 469 Book 5: Operating System Basics 499 CHAPTER 1: Comparison of Major Operating Systems 501 CHAPTER 2: Windows Operating System Functions 539 CHAPTER 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows 581 CHAPTER 4: Managing Files and Directories 613 CHAPTER 5: Command Prompt Procedures 643 CHAPTER 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process 671 Book 6: Managing the Operating System 683 CHAPTER 1: Loading and Configuring Device Drivers 685 CHAPTER 2: Working with Applications 705 CHAPTER 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment 729 CHAPTER 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities 767 Book 7: Recovering Systems 803 CHAPTER 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages 805 CHAPTER 2: Managing Common Problems 823 CHAPTER 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery 843 Book 8: Networking 871 CHAPTER 1: Down to the Networking Basics 873 CHAPTER 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications 921 CHAPTER 3: Networking the Operating System 951 CHAPTER 4: Configuring Internet Access 1017 Book 9: Securing Systems 1053 CHAPTER 1: Fundamentals of Security 1055 CHAPTER 2: Implementing Security 1097 CHAPTER 3: Viruses and Malicious Software 1135 Appendix: CompTIA A Exam Reference Matrix 1157 Index 1173