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CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-23703-8
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1320 pages
August 2012
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Introduction  1

Book I: Setting the A+ Groundwork  7

Chapter 1: The 2012 A+ Exams 9

Chapter 2: A+ Soft Skills 17

Chapter 3: Protecting Yourself and Your PC 33

Chapter 4: An Overview of System Components 49

Book II: Inside the Box  65

Chapter 1: Knowing Your Motherboard 67

Chapter 2: Picking Your Processor 117

Chapter 3: What to Remember about Memory 157

Chapter 4: Telling Your BIOS from Your CMOS 189

Chapter 5: Managing Storage Technology 221

Chapter 6: Working with File Systems261

Chapter 7: Working with Power 299

Book III: Outside the Box  319

Chapter 1: Describing Ports, Cables, and Connectors 321

Chapter 2: Installing and Confi guring Input Devices 349

Chapter 3: Installing and Confi guring Output Devices 385

Chapter 4: Managing Printers 407

Chapter 5: Working with Multimedia Devices 443

Chapter 6: Dealing with Laptops and Mobile Devices 459

Book IV: Maintenance and Troubleshooting  503

Chapter 1: Performing Preventive Maintenance 505

Chapter 2: Troubleshooting Procedures and Guidelines 527

Book V: Operating System Basics  559

Chapter 1: Comparison of Major Operating Systems 561

Chapter 2: Operating System Functions 581

Chapter 3: Installing and Upgrading Windows 617

Chapter 4: Managing Files and Directories 661

Chapter 5: Command Prompt Procedures 697

Chapter 6: Working with System Files and the Boot Process 721

Book VI: Managing the Operating System  737

Chapter 1: Loading and Confi guring Device Drivers 739

Chapter 2: Working with Applications 761

Chapter 3: Optimizing the Windows Environment 795

Chapter 4: Using Windows-Based Troubleshooting Utilities 833

Book VII: Recovering Systems  871

Chapter 1: Managing Error Codes and Startup Messages 873

Chapter 2: Managing Common Problems 891

Chapter 3: Preparing for Disasters with Disaster Recovery 909

Book VIII: Networking  945

Chapter 1: Down to the Networking Basics 947

Chapter 2: Understanding Common Wireless Communications 995

Chapter 3: Networking the Operating System 1025

Chapter 4: Configuring Internet Access 1093

Book IX: Securing Systems  1129

Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Security 1131

Chapter 2: Implementing Security 1167

Chapter 3: Viruses and Malicious Software 1201

Appendix: CompTIA A+ Exam Reference Matrix  1221

Index  1235

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