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

ISBN: 978-1-118-09879-0
1320 pages
October 2012
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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.

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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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October 23, 2012
CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies

Thinking about taking the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam? Wondering where to start studying? Let CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, a comprehensive study guide and online practice test bank, help you get ready and successfully become A+ certified!

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