Skip to main content

CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 4th Edition



CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 4th Edition

Glen E. Clarke, Edward Tetz, Timothy L. Warner

ISBN: 978-1-119-25573-4 July 2016 1248 Pages

Download Product Flyer

Download Product Flyer

Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description. Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description. Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description. Download Product Flyer is to download PDF in new tab. This is a dummy description.


Some copies of A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies (9781119255710) were printed without access codes to the online test bank. If you did not receive a PIN with your book, please visit to request one.

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!

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