CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies

CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies

by Glen E. Clarke, Edward Tetz
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CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies by Glen E. Clarke, Edward Tetz

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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.

  • Find new content on Windows 8, Mac OS X, Linux, and mobile devices
  • Get test-taking advice for the big day
  • Prepare for the A+ exam with a review of the types of questions you'll see on the actual test
  • Use the online test bank to gauge your knowledge—and find out where you need more study help

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118098790
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 1320
Sales rank: 1,309,528
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Book I: Setting the A+ Groundwork  7

Chapter 1: The 2012 A+ Exams 9

Chapter 2: A+ Soft Skills 17

Chapter 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC 33

Chapter 4: An Overview of System Components 49

Book II: Inside the Box  65

Chapter 1: Knowing Your Motherboard 67

Chapter 2: Picking Your Processor 117

Chapter 3: What to Remember about Memory 157

Chapter 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS 189

Chapter 5: Managing Storage Technology 221

Chapter 6: Working with File Systems261

Chapter 7: Working with Power 299

Book III: Outside the Box  319

Chapter 1: Describing Ports, Cables, and Connectors 321

Chapter 2: Installing and Confi guring Input Devices 349

Chapter 3: Installing and Confi guring Output Devices 385

Chapter 4: Managing Printers 407

Chapter 5: Working with Multimedia Devices 443

Chapter 6: Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices 459

Book IV: Maintenance and Troubleshooting  503

Chapter 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance 505

Chapter 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines 527

Book V: Operating System Basics  559

Chapter 1: Comparison of Major Operating Systems 561

Chapter 2: Operating System Functions 581

Chapter 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows 617

Chapter 4: Managing Files and Directories 661

Chapter 5: Command Prompt Procedures 697

Chapter 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process 721

Book VI: Managing the Operating System  737

Chapter 1: Loading and Confi guring Device Drivers 739

Chapter 2: Working with Applications 761

Chapter 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment 795

Chapter 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities 833

Book VII: Recovering Systems  871

Chapter 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages 873

Chapter 2: Managing Common Problems 891

Chapter 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery 909

Book VIII: Networking  945

Chapter 1: Down to the Networking Basics 947

Chapter 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications 995

Chapter 3: Networking the Operating System 1025

Chapter 4: Configuring Internet Access 1093

Book IX: Securing Systems  1129

Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Security 1131

Chapter 2: Implementing Security 1167

Chapter 3: Viruses and Malicious Software 1201

Appendix: CompTIA A+ Exam Reference Matrix  1221

Index  1235

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CompTIA A+ Certification All-In-One For Dummies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
G_Sprout More than 1 year ago
I am taking an online class to get certified. Many times I grab A+ Certification to gain clarity to a subject that the on line course leaves a bit vague. Having bought the eBook version I missed out on a CD or DVD that comes with the dead tree version. Based on the context the book references a CD or DVD, I wish I had killed a tree. The book can be used a reference or read it. The book sequentially presents the material starting with construction of a PC from inside to the Internet. Knowing nothing is not a problem. Kudos
Stentorian More than 1 year ago
This book is very well-written and instructional. It is chock full of technical details with the occasional byte of humor. The authors have gone to great length to make it as informative as possible.
RonboRS More than 1 year ago
Book is easy to use and understand. I like the flow of information and the mini test after each section. Only problem is I use the nook so I can not see the illustrations in larger print.
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