A+ Essentials 2009: Using and Managing Windows (Windows 7 update)

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


With each new version of the Windows operating system, new interface elements and enhancements have been made to provide better visual effects and easier access to the tools and utilities that are provided to use and manage them. This course demonstrates how to use the Windows interface, including built-in tools such as Administrative Tools, the Control Panel, and command-line utilities to manage the Windows operating system. 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

Using the Windows Operating System Interface

  • add gadgets to the sidebar
  • enable the Aero feature and change the color of windows
  • set attributes for files using Windows Explorer
  • Managing the Windows Operating Systems

  • view a log in Event Viewer
  • create a new MMC
  • use Task Manager to stop a service
  • configure virtual memory
  • Using the Windows Operating System

    Command-line Utilities

  • identify the functions of command-driven system management tools
  • identify the functions of Telnet, ipconfig, and ping
  • Windows Boot Sequences and Options

  • recognize how to troubleshoot the boot sequence of a computer
  • Exploring the Windows 7 Interface and Using Libraries

  • recognize key new features in the Windows 7 interface
  • use libraries
  • Getting Connected with Windows 7

  • recognize new networking features in Windows 7
  • use HomeGroup sharing to connect computers on your home network
  • Managing Libraries and Network Connectivity