Microsoft Operating System Fundamentals

Windows 10 is nearly ubiquitous in consumer/business environments. Gain the Windows 10 management skills you need now to support your users and attain the Microsoft Certified Associate (MTA) Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals certification.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 27, 2018
Duration
11h 5m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Windows 10 Desktop Environment
Windows 10 Control Panel
Windows 10 Power User Applications
Windows 10 Administrative Applications
Windows 10 Installation
Windows 10 Upgrade
Windows 10 Features and Windows Store Applications
Windows 10 Security
Windows 10 Antimalware and System Services
Windows 10 File Systems and Data Encryption
Windows 10 File Sharing
Windows 10 Printer Sharing
Windows 10 Storage
Windows 10 Hardware Management
Windows 10 Maintenance and System Optimization
Windows 10 Accounts
Windows 10 Networking
Windows 10 Backup and Recovery
Windows 10 Troubleshooting
Windows 10 MTA Certification Overview
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Apr 27, 2018
Duration
11h 5m
Description

Microsoft Windows 10 introduces dozens of new features--how can you make sense of them all? In Microsoft Operating System Fundamentals, you will gain mastery over all Windows 10 editions and at the same time prepare to pass the associated Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Exam 98-349, Windows Operating System Fundamentals. This course first covers Windows 10 installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting in an easy-to-understand format. You will then place Windows 10 in its historical context, comparing and contrasting features and capabilities with preview Windows Client versions. By the end of this course you will be fully prepared for the Windows Operating System Fundamentals certification exam, and you will have the skills and confidence required to support Windows 10 in a business or consumer environment.

About the author
About the author

Timothy Warner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in Cloud and Datacenter Management who is based in Nashville, TN.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Tim Warner, and welcome to my course, Microsoft Operating System Fundamentals. I'm a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions architect, and a Pluralsight staff author. Windows 10 is the latest edition of the Windows client operating system family. It both resembles earlier Windows versions, as well as takes monumental steps forward in terms of usability, performance, and security. In this course, we'll understand all aspects of the Windows 10 operating system, including installation, configuration, management, and troubleshooting. Because I've worked professionally with Microsoft Windows since version 1, I can provide you with valuable historical perspective as well. This course is designed to serve two purposes. You can use its content to prepare for the Microsoft Technology Associate certification and operating fundamentals. You can also use it to ramp up your Windows 10 support skills dramatically. Some of the major topics we'll cover include installing Windows 10, managing applications, folders, and files, configuring data backup, including file history and Microsoft 1 drive, administering user accounts, including Microsoft and Azure Active Directory accounts, and troubleshooting Windows 10 from both hardware and software perspectives. By the end of this course, you'll be able to install, upgrade, configure, and troubleshoot any Windows 10 edition. You'll also have the skills you need to support Windows 10 end users and most business or consumer contexts. Before beginning this course, you should be familiar with basic Windows operating system concepts and administration tasks. From here, you should feel comfortable diving further into Windows 10 administration with courses on Windows 10 deployment, Windows 10 troubleshooting, Windows Server 2016 domain networking, and mobile device management with Microsoft system center and/or Microsoft Azure. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Windows 10 administration with the Microsoft Operating Systems Fundamentals course at Pluralsight.

Windows 10 Desktop Environment
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner, and I'd like to welcome you to the course entitled, Microsoft Operating System Fundamentals. This is the first module in the course, its title is The Windows 10 Desktop Environment. What are our learning objectives? Our first order of business is to make sure that you're in the right place. I'm going to describe the audience for this course, what skills you should bring into the course, and more importantly, what skills you can expect to take away from it. We'll then get right into the content beginning with the Windows 10 Start menu and how to customize it, the task bar, File Explorer, and user profiles. Let's get started. In just about all of my courses, I include exercise files. Exercise files provides a great way for you to download all of the PowerPoint decks that I teach from. You'll be able to get those in PDF format, as well as any supplemental files that I have for you. In the Pluralsight web player, start by navigating to the Exercise Files tab as you can see on this slide, and then down below that, click Download Exercise Files. For the course, you'll have a single zip archive which once you extract it, you'll have as I said a PDF for each module and then there is a subfolder for each module called exercise-files. Now it's going to depend really from module to module exactly what I put in there, but one file you'll always find is called demos. txt and this is a links list that serves as a nice springboard for you. In other words, every time I give you a supplemental learning resource, it could be web URL, you can find it in this file. So my goal was to save you from having to avoid the tedium of having to write down long web addresses.

Windows 10 Control Panel
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner, and this module is entitled Windows 10 Control Panel. I have three learning objectives for you in this second module of the course. We're going to look first at the distinction between the Windows 10 settings app to Control Panel, and then ultimately, the Windows Registry. That's an important distinction for you to master. We'll then take a look at what I call special purpose settings, and then we'll finish with a consideration of Windows Mobility Center.

Windows 10 Installation
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner here welcoming you to the module entitled Windows 10 Installation. We're going to examine in this module the process of installing Windows 10 on a single computer. This is instructive for many reasons. Along the way, we're going to learn the prerequisites to installation, we'll perform an actual honest to goodness clean installation, and then we'll cover the most important post installation tasks. Let's get right to business.

Windows 10 Upgrade
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. This module is entitled, Windows 10 Upgrade. I have four learning goals for you in this module. We're first going to evaluate Windows 10 edition feature sets. This speaks to the necessity of understanding exactly why you want to upgrade to Windows 10 and determining which version you're running in your current Windows version, and where you want to land once you're in Windows 10. Specifically, we'll look at different ways that upgrade takes place, I'll demo the in-place upgrade process, and then we'll consider the migration scenario, which is fundamentally different in purpose from the upgrade. Let's get started. Windows 10 Editions and Features. The historical perspective here is that Microsoft, over the last many, many years, I know that's kind of a vague assertion, but let's just say since at least Windows 7 or Windows XP before it, there's been a proliferation of different versions, Stock Keeping Units or SKUs. You see in this example we have CD or DVD actually jewel cases showing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 different versions of Windows 7 and 4 versions of XP. Therefore, it's been confusing, certainly in the consumer market where you have people who are considering upgrading their Windows on their home system, but they're not sure which SKU to go for, and then in the business world it's a little bit easier to decide, but still it brings the fundamental confusion of different versions, and what does each offer. Part of the purpose why I'm teaching you this material is, besides if you want MTA certification that's one thing, is that you'll be properly equipped to discuss this intelligently with your customers, family members, clients, whomever.

Windows 10 Features and Windows Store Applications
Hi there, and welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner here welcoming you to the module entitled, Windows 10 Features and Windows Store Applications. In this module I have four learning objectives for us. First we're going to learn about Windows built-in features. In the previous module we covered Windows 10 Upgrade, and we saw that there are different versions or editions of Windows. Those are targeted at consumer, small business, medium, and larger businesses. The main thing that differentiates those different editions is the range of built-in features that each edition has. So we're going to learn how to configure those today. We're also going to work with applications and user applications, both desktop applications or traditional Windows apps, as well as Universal Windows Platform, UWP apps. These are the more multi-media apps that you've seen starting in Windows 8. We'll finish with how to control app startup, paying particular attention to auto-start applications and their implications on performance and security. Let's get started.

Windows 10 File Systems and Data Encryption
Hi there. Welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner here welcoming you to the module entitled Windows 10 File Systems and Data Encryption. In this module, we continue our trend in looking at Windows 10 security, but we also throw in some storage subsystem. You always have to remember the four major subsystems of the computer, which are compute, that's CPU and RAM; network; and storage. So I guess there's three subsystems. Anyway, we're going to look at storage by examining the Windows 10-supported file systems, which one you'd choose, when, and why; then BitLocker Drive Encryption, which is super-important now more than ever before to keep your disks protected against unauthorized access and theft; Encrypting File System, EFS; this is an inbox file encryption method; and then Offline Files. So this is largely a business module, and that makes sense because this course is intended primarily at the business user. Nonetheless, I submit that just about everything in this module is relevant to even the consumer Windows 10 professional. Let's get started. Windows 10 file systems. For historical perspective, let's take you back to 1995 and the Windows NT 3. 51 operating system. This was a relatively short-lived version of Windows. NT 4 became the standard for business desktops and Windows NT Server 4. 0 the standard on the server side. And this is a tool called Disk Administrator where you can see up on top physical disk devices and their various configurations. The bottom shows another tool, Performance Monitor, but I wanted to draw your attention to Disk Administrator because all these many years later in 2018, we still use the Disk Administrator to manage local disks. And the interface is largely unchanged from what it used to be. Kudos to you, Microsoft, for that.

Windows 10 File Sharing
Hi there and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner, and this module is titled Windows 10 File sharing. I have three touchpoints, or learning objectives, for us in this module. The first is to understand the often misunderstood, or perhaps even more often than that, ignored feature of the library. This is a really cool feature that I have to confess myself that I've ignored for far too long. We'll then briefly look at HomeGroup, what it is, and what is Microsoft's vision for this service. But we'll spend the majority of our time with a solid business use case, and that is Server Message Block, or SMB file sharing. Let's get right to it.

Windows 10 Printer Sharing
Hey there, what's up? How are you doing? Welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner here, welcoming you to the module entitled Windows 10 Printer Sharing. I hope that you're just coming out of the previous module in which we discussed various methods for file sharing in Windows 10. Today we'll look at the printing subsystem, beginning with local printing, that is printing to a locally attached print device. We'll then turn our attention to network printing, certainly the standard in a business environment, and finally we'll wrap up with what I call special-purpose printing, like print to file and internet printing. Printing is considered by some to be a fairly mundane topic, but I think that I can make it interesting for you. Let's give it a whirl.

Windows 10 Storage
Hey there. What's up? Welcome to Pluralsight, and welcome to this module entitled Windows 10 Storage. I'm Tim Warner. We looked at the disk subsystem, or the storage subsystem in Windows 10 earlier in the course, but I want to circle back around this time, taking a look at local storage from an architectural standpoint. We'll look at different storage architectures, port interfaces, but we'll spend the majority of our time in Windows 10 itself looking at maintenance tasks. Local storage nowadays is only half the picture. The other half is cloud storage, which means that I need to introduce you, or increase your current knowledge level with, the Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage service. Let's get started.

Windows 10 Hardware Management
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. This module is entitled Windows 10 Hardware Management. I have two main learning goals for you this time around. First, we're going to learn how to inventory a Windows 10 system. This is a key configuration management task. Specifically, you'll learn how to use the built-in system information tool to generate a comprehensive system report. We'll then look at specifically managing hardware, both through the Control Panel interface, as well as Device Manager. Let's get started.

Windows 10 Maintenance and System Optimization
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. This module is entitled Windows 10 System Optimization and Maintenance. We're going to cover four inbox tools in Windows 10 that serve to keep your system running as smoothly and stably and reliably as possible. First we'll look at Windows Update. Yes, we've talked about it a lot, but I don't think we've formally treated it yet. That's on deck for today. We'll then look at Reliability Monitor, giving you a nice point-in-time snapshot of your system's uptime; Resource Monitor, which is an enhanced, extended version of Task Manager; and then Performance Monitor that has been a go-to tool for systems administrators since the late '90s in Windows NT. Let's get started.

Windows 10 Accounts
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner, and this module is entitled Windows 10 Accounts. You know, in my experience as an IT professional and trainer, I come across quite a bit of confusion of the various and sundry account types. I know that earlier in the course we looked at the local account and the Active Directory account, but there's some other ones. We're going to do federated identity, understanding what that is, what it's used for, a little bit upon how it works under the hood. We'll deep dive into the Microsoft account and how Microsoft positions Microsoft accounts. Then we'll look at so-called work and school, also called organizational accounts, what that means. I want to do a lot of translation here between what you might consider to be marketing speak on the Microsoft public websites, and what you actually see in the field. This is some compelling information, even if I do say so myself. Let's get started.

Windows 10 Networking
Hello there, welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner welcoming you to the module entitled Windows 10 Networking. This module is straight and to the point. We have but two learning objectives, examining the network connectivity options that Windows 10 gives us, and how to configure TCP/IP. To be sure, those two bullet points are more than enough to keep us busy. Let's get started.

Windows 10 Backup and Recovery
Hi there, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Tim Warner. This module is entitled Windows 10 Backup and Recovery. We have a lot to cover in this module, because frankly, backup and recovery is a crucially important topic, whether you're a consumer or a business user of Windows 10. We're going to go through built-in tools like System Restore, File History, we'll look at how to recover files from OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, we'll look at Windows Backup, and then finish with Recovery Drive. A lot of options for backing up. I also want to frame our discussion and the critical importance of, well, backing up your data. Let's get started.

Windows 10 Troubleshooting
Hello there, and welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner here welcoming you to the module entitled Windows 10 Troubleshooting. After a blisteringly intense module on backup and recovery, we're now finishing the course content with a discussion of how to fix problems as they arise in Windows 10. We have a tour of the built-in troubleshooting tools, as well as how to do diagnostic or selective startup in Windows 10. Let's get started.

Windows 10 MTA Certification Overview
Hi there, welcome to Pluralsight. Tim Warner here welcoming you to the final module in this course, Windows 10 MTA Certification Overview. I have three learning objectives for you in this module. First, what exactly is the MTA certification, and how does it fit into Microsoft's IT Pro Certification portfolio? We'll then look at exam 98-349 in more detail. We didn't talk about the exam too much over the course of this course, and that's by design, quite honestly, because I wanted you to focus on the underlying skills. But know that everything that I added to the course is directly on that exam blueprint. We'll finish with where to go next with your career. Let's say that you completed this training, you passed the 98-349 exam, you're an MTA, what are some possible next steps in the development of your career? Let's get started.