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Installing, Configuring, and Managing Windows Vista Desktop Computers

Exam 70-620 was retired July 31, 2013. However, this course retains value as a training resource....
Exam 70-620 was retired July 31, 2013. However, this course retains value as a training resource.

This video training with James Conrad covers Windows Vista, including topics such as network troubleshooting, mobile computing, and more.

Recommended skills:
  • 1-2 years experience working in IT

Recommended equipment
  • Windows Vista

Related certifications:
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista, Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Windows Vista, Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Consumer Support Technician
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Support Technician
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals


This training allows Vista to become the great OS for you that it can be. Learn to configure Windows Vista computers for maximum performance -- and at the same time prepare for MCTS certification on Microsoft Windows Vista.

"I hated Vista until I went through James' training, now I look at it with a new set of eyes." - CBT Nuggets CEO and Founder Dan Charbonneau



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1. Configuring Windows Vista Series Introduction (5 min)
2. Installation: Hardware Requirements, Editions (42 min)
3. Windows Vista Installation and Clean Install (45 min)
4. Windows Vista Upgrade (25 min)
5. Windows Vista Migration and Windows Easy Transfer (27 min)
6. Anytime Upgrade, Troubleshooting Installation (47 min)
7. Install and Configure Drivers (24 min)
8. Troubleshooting Post-Installation Configuration Issues, Windows Aero (34 min)
9. Configuring Internet Explorer, Configure and Troubleshoot Parental Controls (46 min)
10. Security: Configure and Troubleshoot User Account Control (31 min)
11. Security: Windows Defender (31 min)
12. Dynamic Security for IE7 (62 min)
13. Security: Configure Security Settings in Windows Firewall (56 min)
14. Configuring Networking by Using the Network and Sharing Center (68 min)
15. Sharing Resources and Securing Wireless Access Points (31 min)
16. Remote Access: Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop (34 min)
17. Network Troubleshooting (41 min)
18. Configure Windows Mail (47 min)
19. Configure Windows Calendar, Meeting Space (39 min)
20. Configure Windows Sidebar, Media Applications (49 min)
21. Optimizing Windows Vista (31 min)
22. Reliability Tools (36 min)
23. Data Protection and Windows Update (49 min)
24. Mobile Computing (41 min)

Configuring Windows Vista Series Introduction

00:00:00

Hello. My name is James Conrad, and it's my pleasure to bring to you the configuring Windows Vista Client Exam Preparation for the 70-620 exam from Microsoft. This should prepare you for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification. And if we take a look at Windows Vista, we see that there are a lot of different requirements for this specific exam, currently numbered as 70-620.

00:00:25

First of all, we're going to be taking a look here at the requirements for installing Windows Vista. I mean, what kind of processor do you need to have? Well, how much memory do you need to have? What kind of video card? Well, like every successive version of Windows, you need more and more and more and more.

00:00:41

But there's a big payoff for that as well. I mean, it sure does look good. And it does operate pretty well. There's also the various editions of Windows Vista. Never have we seen so many editions of a given operating system. But each one has a different purpose and a different price point as well.

00:00:57

We also will be taking a look here at installation of Windows Vista, upgrading of Vista and migrating from one system to another with Windows Vista. And each one of those has different requirements, as we'll see. We'll also see that once you get these things installed, you might not have all the drivers installed properly.

00:01:13

So we'll talk about installing the drivers, and what the purpose of those is, as well as some post-installation issues to be aware of. And just things to make sure that everything is operating properly. And also, by the way, although I don't really list it here in black and white, we'll be taking a look at the Vista Aero interface, which is really, pretty cool.

00:01:32

We'll also be taking a look at Internet Explorer, which is Internet Explorer version 7. And this version differs from that, which you can download for previous versions of Windows. And we'll see that it does have some additional functionality to it, some additional security features that are integrated into Vista.

00:01:49

We'll also see that there are really great parental controls here, so that you can control and know where your kids are going on the internet, how much time they're spending on the internet and so forth. Great, great tools there. And then, of course, it wouldn't be a Windows product if we didn't force ourselves into talking about security.

00:02:05

Now, I've just got security there as one word, as if it was a small topic. But we really address that kind of as a thread through a lot of these different topics. But we also dedicate several different videos here to various aspects of security. And then, of course, we have several different videos in different respects also talking about networking in Windows Vista.

00:02:26

Now then as we continue along our series of what we'll be talking about in the 70-620 exam preparation materials, we'll be looking here also at remote access. Now this is kind of weird. I'm going to put this in quotation marks. Because if you're accustomed to networking in previous versions of Windows, what would you consider remote access?

00:02:44

Well, normally we consider that dial up networking, or virtual private networking, or something like that. We're going to see here that Microsoft has a totally different definition here of what remote access is. But once you get past that it's pretty easy.

00:02:56

And we're going to see some easy, and very efficient ways of managing your own systems, as well as helping other users. We'll also take a look here, in Windows Vista, at Windows integrated and included mail system, as well as the calendaring, and meeting space that come with Windows Vista.

00:03:13

These are actually pretty good for right out of the box. And, hey, guess what. You don't have to pay any extra for them or to get any complicated configurations to get these things working. We also will be taking a look at the Vista Sidebar, which is a great way to keep certain types of information at your fingertips, and certain tools and utilities.

00:03:31

And we'll also be taking a look at various types of media functionality, such as Windows Media Player. And, of course, the more fully functional Windows Media Center. We'll also be taking a look here at optimization of Windows Vista. I mean, hey, no matter how good the operating system is, we always wonder if we couldn't get it to go just a little bit faster, don't we?

00:03:52

You just got to get a little bit extra performance out of it. So I'll be talking to you about the optimization there, as well as the reliability of Windows Vista. And how to make sure that you keep track of what's going on in the system. I got to tell you.

00:04:04

The reliability tools are really unsurpassed from any previous operating system, or really any operating system that I've ever worked with. They're very, very good tools there. I think you're going to really like those. Really help you in some troubleshooting issues there as well.

00:04:19

Then we'll be taking a look at data protection. Previous versions of Windows really haven't had an automated method per se of backing up your system. I mean, you could do it, but it would really be very user friendly. Now it doesn't get much more user friendly in terms of backup.

00:04:33

And will also be taking a look at how to update the computer to keep it secure and stable. And then finally we'll conclude here with some discussion about mobile computing. There are some new breakthroughs in technology. And some new really pretty fun things that are available now with Windows Vista, and things that hardware vendors are coming out with.

00:04:52

All right, well, we've got a whole lot to learn here. So let's go ahead and take a look at our very first video here for installation, hardware requirements and Windows Vista additions. Let's have some fun with this and get going.

Installation: Hardware Requirements, Editions

Windows Vista Installation and Clean Install

Windows Vista Upgrade

Windows Vista Migration and Windows Easy Transfer

Anytime Upgrade, Troubleshooting Installation

Install and Configure Drivers

Troubleshooting Post-Installation Configuration Issues, Windows Aero

Configuring Internet Explorer, Configure and Troubleshoot Parental Controls

Security: Configure and Troubleshoot User Account Control

Security: Windows Defender

Dynamic Security for IE7

Security: Configure Security Settings in Windows Firewall

Configuring Networking by Using the Network and Sharing Center

Sharing Resources and Securing Wireless Access Points

Remote Access: Remote Assistance and Remote Desktop

Network Troubleshooting

Configure Windows Mail

Configure Windows Calendar, Meeting Space

Configure Windows Sidebar, Media Applications

Optimizing Windows Vista

Reliability Tools

Data Protection and Windows Update

Mobile Computing

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