This course explores the different Windows Operating systems and the processes use to install them. In this course, you will learn at a high level about the different versions of Windows. You will also learn about installation processes that are available for Windows. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Cisco exam CompTIA A+ exam (220-902). This exam counts toward the CompTIA A+ certification.

Target Audience
This course is aimed at entry level IT professionals of less than one year of experience, and may also be useful as a review for veteran professionals who are attempting the CompTIA A+ exam, or deploying a technology that may be new to their organization.


Expected Duration (hours)

Lesson Objectives

CompTIA A+ 220-902: Windows Overview and Installation


  • start the course
  • describe an operating system
  • describe the Windows timeline
  • describe Windows XP
  • describe Windows Vista
  • describe Windows 7
  • describe Windows 8 and 8.1
  • describe the future of Windows
  • describe the install considerations
  • describe the hardware requirements
  • describe file system types and formatting
  • describe formatting
  • describe install targets
  • describe the install scenarios
  • describe internal disk boot methods
  • describe install sources
  • describe WIM file format
  • describe WinPE
  • describe repair and recovery partitions
  • describe Setup.exe
  • describe native VHD boot
  • describe how to configure to boot to VHDX
  • describe WDS
  • describe Windows 8 upgrade paths
  • describe Windows 7 Upgrade Paths
  • describe USMT
  • implement choosing the correct disk format

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