The A+ Operating Systems Technologies Exam

The A+ Operating Systems Technologies Exam

The second of the two CompTIA A+ exams is the OS Technologies exam, which is intended to assess your knowledge of the client operating systems that are currently popular (at least at the time that the test is developed) and have a large installed base. Only one client operating system meets these criteria, as far as the OS Technologies exam is concerned, and that OS is Microsoft Windows. So, a detailed knowledge of the structure, features, functions, and tools available in the various Windows versions that are still largely installed around the world is vital to passing this exam.

Figure lists the four domains (topic areas) of the OS Technologies exam and the major topics that are included in each domain.

Figure: A+ OS Technologies Exam Domains



OS Fundamentals


1.1 Identify the major desktop components and interfaces and their functions.


1.2 Identify the names, locations, purposes, and contents of major system files.


1.3 Demonstrate the ability to use command-line functions and utilities to manage the operating system, including the ability to use the proper syntax and switches.


1.4 Identify the basic concepts and procedures for creating, viewing, and managing disks, directories, and files.


1.5 Identify the major operating system utilities and their purpose, location, and available switches.

Installing, Configuring, and Upgrading


2.1 Identify the procedures for installing Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP, and for bringing the operating system to a basic operational level.


2.2 Identify the steps to perform an operating system upgrade from Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP.


2.3 Identify the basic system boot sequences and boot methods, including the steps to create an emergency boot disk with utilities installed for Windows 9x/Me, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP.


2.4 Identify the procedures for installing/adding a device, including loading, adding, and configuring device drivers, and for installing the required software.


2.5 Identify the procedures necessary to optimize the operating system and major operating system subsystems.

Diagnosing and Troubleshooting


3.1 Recognize and interpret the meaning of common error codes and startup messages from the boot sequence, and identify the steps to correct the problems.


3.2 Recognize when to use common diagnostic utilities and tools.


3.3 Recognize the common operational and usability problems, and determine how to resolve them.



4.1 Identify the networking capabilities of Windows.


4.2 Identify the basic Internet protocols and terminologies.

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