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CompTIA A+(r) Certification All-in-One For Dummies(r), 5th Edition



CompTIA A+(r) Certification All-in-One For Dummies(r), 5th Edition

Glen E. Clarke, Edward Tetz, Timothy Warner

ISBN: 978-1-119-25571-0 August 2016 1248 Pages

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Fully updated to cover the 2019 exam release! 

CompTIA's A+ certification is an essential certification to building a successful IT career. Test takers must pass both 90-question exams to be certified, and this book—plus online test bank—will help you reach your certification goal. 

The 9 minibooks map to the exam's objectives, and include new content on Windows 10, Scripting, Linux, and mobile devices. You’ll learn about how computers work, networking, computer repair and troubleshooting, security, permissions, and customer service. You'll also find test-taking advice and a review of the types of questions you'll see on the exam.

  • Use the online test bank to test your knowledge and prepare for the exam
  • Get up to speed on operating system basics
  • Find out how to manage the operating system
  • Discover maintenance and troubleshooting tips

Inside is all the knowledge you need to pass the new A+ exam!

Introduction 1

Pre-Assessment 9

Book 1: Setting the A Groundwork 17

CHAPTER 1: The 2015 A+ Exams 19

CHAPTER 2: A+ Soft Skills 27

CHAPTER 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC 45

CHAPTER 4: An Overview of System Components 61

Book 2: Inside the Box 79

CHAPTER 1: Knowing Your Motherboard 81

CHAPTER 2: Picking Your Processor 125

CHAPTER 3: What to Remember about Memory 165

CHAPTER 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS 193

CHAPTER 5: Managing Storage Technology 223

CHAPTER 6: Working with Power 263

Book 3: Outside the Box 283

CHAPTER 1: Describing Ports, Cables, and Connectors 285

CHAPTER 2: Installing and Configuring Input Devices 313

CHAPTER 3: Installing and Configuring Output Devices 331

CHAPTER 4: Managing Printers 351

CHAPTER 5: Working with Multimedia Devices 385

CHAPTER 6: Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices 401

Book 4: Maintenance and Troubleshooting 445

CHAPTER 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance 447

CHAPTER 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines 469

Book 5: Operating System Basics 499

CHAPTER 1: Comparison of Major Operating Systems 501

CHAPTER 2: Windows Operating System Functions 539

CHAPTER 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows 581

CHAPTER 4: Managing Files and Directories 613

CHAPTER 5: Command Prompt Procedures 643

CHAPTER 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process 671

Book 6: Managing the Operating System 683

CHAPTER 1: Loading and Configuring Device Drivers 685

CHAPTER 2: Working with Applications 705

CHAPTER 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment 729

CHAPTER 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities 767

Book 7: Recovering Systems 803

CHAPTER 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages 805

CHAPTER 2: Managing Common Problems 823

CHAPTER 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery 843

Book 8: Networking 871

CHAPTER 1: Down to the Networking Basics 873

CHAPTER 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications 921

CHAPTER 3: Networking the Operating System 951

CHAPTER 4: Configuring Internet Access 1017

Book 9: Securing Systems 1053

CHAPTER 1: Fundamentals of Security 1055

CHAPTER 2: Implementing Security 1097

CHAPTER 3: Viruses and Malicious Software 1135

Appendix: CompTIA A Exam Reference Matrix 1157

Index 1173 If you did not receive a PIN with your book, use this site to register for a PIN. Activate the online test! Link to 3rd Edition test bank and and other downloadable files
Bonus Chapter: Creating Automation Scripts
Lab Manual