Course 50045: Preparing for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Exam in Windows Vista

Audience(s):information workers
This Revision:A
Delivery method:
Instructor-led (classroom)
Length:1 day

First published:

September 10, 2007
About this course
Elements of this syllabus are subject to change.

Please note: Effective June 1, 2010 Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) is now known as Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Click here for more information about this recent change.

This one-day instructor-led course provides students with an overview of the Windows Vista features and functions that pertain to the objectives of the corresponding Microsoft Business Certification credential. This course is intended to allow individuals to prepare for certification as a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in Windows Vista.
Audience profile
This course is intended for knowledge workers who have hands-on experience with Windows Vista. No prior certification is required.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage Windows Firewall, manage malicious software protection, configure Windows Update settings, lock a computer, manage Windows Internet Explorer 7 security, and configure local user accounts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage the computer power state, network connections, and remote access to your computer; connect to another computer; and access files stored in shared network folders when your computer is offline.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage software, storage disks, devices, and drivers; manage display settings; configure multiple monitors; and install and configure a printer.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage Windows Explorer settings; manage, organize, and search for files and folders; secure and share folders; and back up and restore files and folders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate in real time and present information to an audience through Windows Meeting Space, and to communicate in real time by using Windows Live Messenger.
  • Demonstrate the ability to modify the Start menu and the taskbar, personalize the desktop and system sounds, and manage Windows Sidebar.
Course details
Course OutlineModule 1: Protecting Your Computer
This module explains how to analyze your computer's security needs; how to check update settings and install available updates; and how to put your computer in sleep mode, wake it up, lock and unlock it, and then shut it down. In addition, it explains how to preview and select a screen saver; how to modify Pop-up Blocker settings and turn off Pop-up Blocker; how to configure Internet security zones; how to view temporary Internet files and associated settings; and how to create a new user account, modify it, and then delete it.
  • Manage Windows Firewall
  • Manage Malicious Software Protection
  • Configure Windows Update Settings
  • Lock a Computer
  • Manage Windows Internet Explorer Security
  • Configure Local User Accounts
Lab : Protecting Your Computer
  • Analyzing Your Computer's Security
  • Updating Windows System Files
  • Ending a Computer Session
  • Selecting and Managing a Screen Saver
  • Blocking Pop-Up Windows
  • Configuring Internet Security Zones
  • Managing Cached Files
  • Administering Windows User Accounts
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manage Windows Firewall.
  • Manage malicious software (also called malware) protection.
  • Configure Windows Update settings.
  • Lock a computer.
  • Manage Windows Internet Explorer 7 security.
  • Configure local user accounts.
Module 2: Managing Mobile and Remote Computing
This module explains how to configure a Tablet PC; how to use the Network and Sharing Center to connect to the Internet; how to create a virtual private network (VPN) connection; and create a particular network. In addition, it explains how to set up your computer to be accessed via Remote Desktop; how to connect to a computer configured for Remote Desktop from another computer; and how to map a drive on your computer.
  • Manage the Computer Power State
  • Manage Network Connections
  • Manage Remote Access to Your Computer
  • Connect to Another Computer
  • Access Files Stored in Shared Network Folders When Your Computer Is Offline
Lab : Managing Mobile and Remote Computing
  • Configuring Tablet PC Options
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Connecting to a Domain from Another Computer
  • Creating an Ad Hoc Wireless Network
  • Accessing Your Domain Computer Remotely
  • Accessing Your Entire Network
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manage the computer power state.
  • Manage network connections.
  • Manage remote access to your computer.
  • Connect to another computer.
  • Access files stored in shared network folders when your computer is offline.
Module 3: Managing Software, Disks, and Devices
This module explains how to uninstall a program through Control Panel; how to change the monitor's visual effects and screen resolution; how to add a second monitor to your system; and how to install and share a local printer.
  • Manage Software
  • Manage Disks
  • Manage Devices and Drivers
  • Manage Display Settings
  • Configure Multiple Monitors
  • Install and Configure a Printer
Lab : Managing Software, Disks, and Devices
  • Installing and Removing Programs
  • Optimizing Visual Effects
  • Displaying More on Your Monitor
  • Configuring Your System for Multiple Monitors
  • Installing and Sharing a Local Printer
  • Connecting to a Remote Printer
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manage software.
  • Manage disks.
  • Manage devices and drivers.
  • Manage display settings.
  • Configure multiple monitors.
  • Install and configure a printer.
Module 4: Managing Files and Folders
This module explains how to adjust the display of the Windows Explorer window and view folder contents in different ways; how to create desktop shortcuts; how to create, rename, compress and delete files; how to share folders on your computer; how to view file information and properties; and how to backup and restore files.
  • Manage Windows Explorer Settings
  • Manage and Secure Folders
  • Share Folders
  • Search for Files and Folders
  • Organize Files Within Folders
  • Manage Files
  • Back Up and Restore Files
Lab : Managing Files and Folders
  • Viewing Folders and Files in Different Ways
  • Creating Shortcuts to Files, Folders, and Programs
  • Creating, Renaming, and Deleting Folders and Files
  • Sharing Drives and Folders
  • Finding Specific Information
  • Viewing Information About a Folder or File
  • Moving and Copying Folders and Files
  • Backing Up and Restoring Files and Folders
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Manage Windows Explorer settings.
  • Manage and secure folders.
  • Share folders.
  • Search for files and folders.
  • Organize files within folders.
  • Manage files.
  • Back up and restore files and folders.
Module 5: Collaborating with Other People
This module explains the process of using the People Near Me service, and initiating and moderating a Windows Meeting Space session.
  • Collaborate in Real Time
  • Present Information to an Audience
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Collaborate in real time.
  • Present information to an audience.
Module 6: Customizing Your Windows Vista Experience
This module explains how to hide and display the programs list in the Start menu, how to change the number of programs the start menu shows; how to start a program from the Start menu; and how to add shortcuts to the pinned programs area and then rearrange and remove them. In addition, it explains how to display, hide, and move between multiple windows by using the Taskbar; how to rearrange and delete items on the desktop; how to change the desktop background; how to change the way the mouse buttons work; how to connect speakers to a computer and adjust the audio output levels; and how to use and modify Windows Sidebar on the desktop.
  • Customize and Modify the Start Menu
  • Customize the Taskbar
  • Personalize the Appearance and Sound of a Computer
  • Manage Windows Sidebar
Lab : Customizing Your Windows Vista Experience
  • Using and Modifying the Start Menu
  • Using and Modifying the Taskbar
  • Rearranging and Deleting Items on the Desktop
  • Changing the Desktop Background
  • Changing the Way Your Mouse Works
  • Setting Up Speakers
  • Using and Modifying Windows Sidebar
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Customize and modify the Start menu.
  • Customize the taskbar.
  • Personalize the appearance and sound of a computer.
  • Manage Windows Sidebar.
Module 7: Optimizing and Troubleshooting Your Computer
This module explains how to change the schedule for running Disk Defragmenter and how to run it manually; how to open Windows Help And Support and search for useful information; how to examine the programs Windows Vista starts when the computer is turned on; how to create a restore point; how to request remote assistance; and how to display the Remote Assistance settings, disable Remote Assistance, and limit Remote Assistance access.
  • Increase Processing Speed
  • Locate Troubleshooting Information
  • Locate System Information
  • Repair a Network Connection
  • Recover from Software Errors
  • Troubleshoot Printing Errors
  • Recover the Operating System from a Problem
  • Request and Manage Remote Assistance
Lab : Optimizing and Troubleshooting Your Computer
  • Consolidating Files on Your Hard Disk
  • Finding Solutions to Common Problems
  • Locate System Information
  • Restore Your Operating System
  • Get Help from Other Windows Users
  • Enable and Disable Remote Assistance
After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Increase processing speed.
  • Locate troubleshooting information.
  • Locate system information.
  • Repair a network connection.
  • Recover from software errors.
  • Troubleshoot printing errors.
  • Recover the operating system from a problem.
  • Request and manage Remote Assistance.
Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Six or more months of hands-on experience managing a desktop computer running Windows Vista.

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