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CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Comprehensive coverage of everything you must know to pass CompTIA's A+ exam

A+ is the gateway certification into many IT careers, and interest in certification is exploding. This bestselling A+ certification guide is updated to cover the new A+ exam. It includes the new Windows coverage and reflects the revised emphasis on objectives. Nine minibooks focus individually on specific hardware and OS characteristics including installation and configuration, diagnostics, preventive maintenance, motherboard and processors, printers, networking, and fundamentals. A companion website contains the popular Dummies Test Engine test-prep software.

  • A+ certification is the first step toward a variety of IT careers, and this guide is fully updated for the latest revision of the exam

  • Nine minibooks cover the domains of the exam in detail, reflecting the enhanced emphasis on hardware and new Windows content

  • Covers installation, configuration, and upgrading; diagnosing and troubleshooting; preventive maintenance; motherboards, processors and memory; printers; networking; and OS fundamentals

  • Companion website provides the popular Dummies Test Engine, an exclusive, customizable test-prep software package now with twice as many sample test questions as previous editions

Anyone seeking CompTIA A+ certification will be better prepared with help from CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition.

Note: The ebook version does not provide access to the companion files.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Introduction
  5. Book I: Getting the A+ Groundwork
    1. Chapter 1: The 2012 A+ Exams
    2. Chapter 2: A+ Soft Skills
    3. Chapter 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC
    4. Chapter 4: An Overview of System Components
  6. Book II: Inside the Box
    1. Chapter 1: Knowing Your Motherboard
    2. Chapter 2: Picking Your Processor
    3. Chapter 3: What to Remember about Memory
    4. Chapter 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS
    5. Chapter 5: Managing Storage Technology
    6. Chapter 6: Working with File Systems
    7. Chapter 7: Working with Power
  7. Book III: Outside the Box
    1. Chapter 1: Describing Ports, Cables, and Connectors
    2. Chapter 2: Installing and Configuring Input Devices
    3. Chapter 3: Installing and Configuring Output Devices
    4. Chapter 4: Managing Printers
    5. Chapter 5: Working with Multimedia Devices
    6. Chapter 6: Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices
  8. Book IV: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
    1. Chapter 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance
    2. Chapter 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines
  9. Book V: Operating System Basics
    1. Chapter 1: Comparison of Major Operating Systems
    2. Chapter 2: Operating System Functions
    3. Chapter 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows
    4. Chapter 4: Managing Files and Directories
    5. Chapter 5: Command Prompt Procedures
    6. Chapter 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process
  10. Book VI: Managing the Operating System
    1. Chapter 1: Loading and Configuring Device Drivers
    2. Chapter 2: Working with Applications
    3. Chapter 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment
    4. Chapter 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities
  11. Book VII: Recovering Systems
    1. Chapter 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages
    2. Chapter 2: Managing Common Problems
    3. Chapter 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery
  12. Book VIII: Networking
    1. Chapter 1: Down to the Networking Basics
    2. Chapter 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications
    3. Chapter 3: Networking the Operating System
    4. Chapter 4: Configuring Internet Access
  13. Book IX: Securing Systems
    1. Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Security
    2. Chapter 2: Implementing Security
    3. Chapter 3: Viruses and Malicious Software
    4. Book IX: Appendix: CompTIA A+ Exam Reference Matrix
  14. Cheat Sheet