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chap4 - All-In-One CompTIA A All-in-One Exam Guide Meyers...

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CHAPTER 4 73 Understanding Windows In this chapter, you will learn how to • Relate the history of Microsoft Windows • Explain the Windows interface Identify the operating system folders of Windows 2000, XP, and Vista • Describe the utilities in Windows essential to techs As a tech, you need to understand Windows at a level beyond that of regular users. This chapter introduces you to some of the more powerful aspects of Windows, such as NTFS and the Registry. Not only must techs run through the standard Windows features that everyone uses every day (Start button, Recycle Bin, and so on), they must also be comfortable drilling down underneath that user-friendly surface to get their hands a little dirty. This chapter begins by introducing and organizing the many variations of Windows on the market today and helping you appreciate the difference between, for example, Windows XP Home and Windows Vista Ultimate. The chapter then takes you through the Windows interface in detail. The third section looks more closely at the techie as- pects of Windows, including the structure of the OS. The fourth section provides an overview of the many utilities for techs available in Windows. The chapter closes in the “Beyond A+” section with a discussion of the versions of Windows not on the current CompTIA A+ exams, such as Windows 7 and non-desktop versions of Windows. Let’s get started! Historical/Conceptual A Brief History of Microsoft Windows Many users think of Windows as a monolithic thing, as the operating system (OS) for the PC (as opposed to the Macintosh), but as a tech you need to understand that Micro- soft produces many varieties of the OS, each with specific tools, utilities, file structures, and interfaces. And you need to be able to navigate through any modern version of Windows fluidly.
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CompTIA A+Certification All-in-One Exam Guide 74 Microsoft currently supports seven families of Windows, of which three concern the CompTIA A+ certified technician: Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. (I’ll cover the other four families of Windows in the “Beyond A+” section of this chap- ter.) Within each of these families—my word, not Microsoft’s—Windows comes in multiple versions. Here’s the list for the top three: Windows Family Versions (32-bit) Versions (64-bit) Windows 2000 Windows 2000 Professional Windows 2000 Server Nothing widely available Windows XP Windows XP Home Windows XP Professional Windows Media Center Windows XP Tablet 1 Windows XP 64-bit version Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Windows Vista 2 Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Ultimate 1 Windows XP Tablet edition is not covered on the CompTIA A+ exams but is included here for completeness.
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