A+ Essentials 2009: Installing Windows Operating Systems (Windows 7 update)

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


There have been numerous versions of Windows over the years, and each has added new abilities and components. Each new version of the Windows operating system provides better and more efficient features to improve the user’s interaction with the operating system and computer. This course compares Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 as well as 32-bit vs. 64-bit operating systems. It will also demonstrate how to install Windows, device drivers, and migrate user’s files and applications using USMT. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the CompTIA 220-701: A+ Essentials exam which is half of the requirement necessary to acquire the CompTIA A+ certification.

Target Audience

Individuals undertaking the A+ certification track and companies who need technical staff trained in the A+ exam track


Candidates should have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security. They should be able to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components. They should also understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology.

Expected Duration

150 min.

Course Objectives

Windows OS, Upgrading, and Compatibility

  • distinguish between Windows 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems
  • distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
  • identify key characteristics of Windows OS upgrade paths
  • configure program compatibility
  • Installing Windows XP and Windows Vista

  • identify key characteristics of a Windows XP installation
  • install Windows Vista
  • Updating Device Drivers and Migrating User Accounts

  • install device drivers and verify with Device Manager
  • migrate user accounts from a Windows XP computer to a Windows Vista computer
  • Installing a Windows Vista Operating System

    Planning a Windows 7 Installation

  • recognize key considerations when planning a Windows 7 installation
  • Windows 7 Operating System Installation

  • install Windows 7
  • use the USMT to transfer files and settings from previous Windows installations to Windows 7
  • automatically get recommended drivers and updates for a Windows 7 installation
  • Installing Windows 7