Microsoft Windows 8 – Configuring: Getting Started with Windows 8

Anyone wishing to obtain knowledge on the Windows 8 operating system and candidates interested in pursuing the 70-687: Configuring Windows 8 certification exam of the Microsoft MCSA: Windows 8 designation. This may also include established IT professionals who install, configure, maintain, and support Microsoft Windows 8 client desktops, devices, and users within any size organization. Candidates who have general IT experience with working knowledge of Windows clients, the installation of client desktop operating systems, basic networking, security concepts, as well as Active Directory concepts.

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Expected Duration
150 minutes

The Windows 8 operating system user interface has changed. With the introduction of the new Start screen and immersive applications, Microsoft introduces another support layer for the IT administrator. The new emphasis on touch functionality alters how you will interact with Windows, while the screen architecture and mechanics introduce a new way of working with Windows. In this course, the new architectural interface elements of Windows 8 will be examined and demonstrated.
There are various considerations to consider when preparing to install Windows 8 such as choosing the correct version, verifying the system requirements, understanding your options for installation targets, as well as deployment sources. This course provides an overview of the various Windows 8 installation components including WIM images, the setup executable, the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE), the boot environment, and answer files. You can perform a basic clean install on a new system, but Windows 8 can also be installed to an existing computer as a dual boot – either using another partition or by installing Windows 8 to a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) or native VHD/VHDX boot.
This course applies to objectives of the 70-687: Configuring Windows 8 exam of the MCSA: Windows 8 designation.

Please note this course is based on the original Windows 8 release. Skillsoft recommends visiting the vendor website to confirm exam requirements.


Introducing Windows 8

  • describe the characteristics of Windows 8
  • distinguish between Windows 8 versions
  • describe the options for interacting with Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Installation Components

  • describe the considerations involved in a Windows 8 installation
  • describe the features of the WIM files
  • identify the functions of WinPE
  • describe the characteristics of the BCD
  • determine the best installation strategy for a given scenario
  • sequence the high level steps involved in installing Windows 8 on a Virtual Hard Disk




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