Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems

If you want to understand computers, start with operating systems: the software that communicates with both hardware and application programs. This course introduces key features of the most popular operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 14, 2019
Duration
3h 35m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Common Operating Systems and Their Purposes
Features of Microsoft Windows Versions
OS Installation Considerations and Upgrade Methods
Using Microsoft Command-Line Tools
Using Microsoft OS Features and Tools
Using Windows Control Panel and Settings Utilities
Application Installation and Configuration
Configure Client-side Windows Networking
macOS Features and Tools
Linux Features and Tools
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 14, 2019
Duration
3h 35m
Description

Operating systems are the beating heart of computer systems: the hidden engine that makes everything else possible. Every IT professional must have a solid grounding in modern operating systems. In this course, Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems, you will see the pros and cons of today’s most popular operating systems and how to set them up for productive and secure computing. First, you will work with different versions of Windows, decide between an in-place upgrade and a clean install, understand domain versus workgroup networking, and understand the basics of PowerShell. Then, you will understand how to build your own management consoles, install applications, set up Windows as a network client, navigate the Linux file system from the Terminal, and secure the macOS. Next, you will be able to navigate the maze of Windows control panels, utilities, and command-line tools and understand when to use which tool. Finally, you will know the best practices for ongoing operating system maintenance and management. By the end of this course, you’ll know the key features of the most popular operating systems: Windows, macOS, and Linux

About the author
About the author

Glenn is President of Independent Software Inc., a Denver IT consultancy. He has been teaching advanced computer seminars around the world since 1988. He developed official Server 2008 courseware for Microsoft. Glenn has written 18 commercial books for McGraw-Hill, Wiley, IDG and Sybex. He is also a sought-after expert witness.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
(Music playing) Hello everyone, my name is Glenn Weadock, and welcome to my course, Computer Fundamentals: Operating Systems. I'm a consultant and seminar leader at Independent Software Inc. in Colorado, and an author of over a dozen books on Windows, networking, and certification. Operating systems are the beating heart of computer systems, the hidden engine that makes everything else possible. In this course, we'll explain how to set up today's most popular operating systems for productive and secure computing, and how to maintain them over time. Some of the major topics that we will cover include how to install and upgrade operating systems, when to use the Microsoft command-line, working with Windows control panels and settings, setting up a Windows system as a network client, and using the main Macintosh and Linux tools. By the end of this course, you'll know how to choose an operating system, work with different versions of Windows, decide between an in-place upgrade and a clean install, understand the basics of PowerShell, build your own management consoles, install applications, set up a VPN connection, navigating the Linux file system from the terminal, and secure the macOS. Now, before beginning the course, you should be familiar with how to turn on your computer, but no advanced knowledge is required. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about the software that every computer needs with the Computer Fundamentals Operating Systems course at Pluralsight.