Whenever I am asked to write an entry for this blog, I usually do the writing mid-week. But, last week our great crew was busy filming the course I get to tell you about today, and that is the updated version of the MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) Operating System Fundamentals course, which maps to MTA exam 98-349.
Most of the time, when we put together a new version of a course, it is for a new exam (specifically name or number). This time, though, the exam name and number are the same. What changed, then? Oh, about half of the test objectives as the exam has been updated to include Windows 10 content and remove content that just applied to Windows 7.
For example, exam topics such as Aero configurations, Windows Media Center, and Windows XP mode are all gone as they are not in Windows 10, but features such as Insider Preview, Current Branch, and Windows Store apps are exam topics. Furthermore, the wording of many exam topics has changed to “Configure….” rather than “Understand…”, placing a greater emphasis on knowing how to do operating system configurations in Windows 10, not just knowing what they are.
Now, the specifics: There are six domains on this exam:
- Understanding operating system configurations
- Installing and upgrading client systems
- Managing applications
- Managing files and folders
- Managing devices
- Understanding operating system maintenance
This course covers these domains thoroughly, through the video training (which we just completed filming), pre-assessment and post-assessment tests, practice labs, and a project workbook with plenty of practice exercises for configuring Windows 10. All of these tools will help you pass the 98-349 exam and increase your employability as, according to Microsoft, Windows 10 has been deployed to over 400 million devices in its first year of release. Thus, businesses which need desktop support technicians and computer repair shops definitely need people who are skilled in configuring Windows 10, which this course and certification will provide.
Here at LearnKey, when we say the people who present our training courses are experts, we mean exactly that. We don’t find some random guy on the street who can read from a cue card, we find people who really know their stuff and are considered experts in their various fields. When they provide us with tips, we listen!
Tom Carpenter has been an expert for LearnKey in a variety of different courses, and since he also has his own blog with tidbits of information, we thought we’d showcase some tips from the source himself. In his post Little Known Windows 7 Shortcuts, he showcases…well, little known Windows 7 shortcuts. These tips will make using Windows 7 much faster and more efficient. Plus you can show off to your co-workers and look like you are a Windows 7 expert yourself! Check out his blog and enjoy!
Once you have the programs you want installed, and the programs you don’t want uninstalled, you may want certain programs to start up immediately when you boot your computer. That’s where we come in! Ammon Wiese shows you how to tell Windows 7 which programs to boot at start up in the video below.
We’ve shown you how to install programs, but what if you want to remove programs already installed? Ammon Wiese shows you how in this next installment of our Windows 7 training clips!
In this video, Ammon Wiese walks you through the process of installing programs in Windows 7. Check it out!
The Desktop Gadgets Gallery allows you to manage your Gadgets, or mini programs such as a clock or calendar, and easily add them to your desktop. Watch the video below for details!
Windows 7 offers a variety of utilities to the user. In this clip you’ll learn about each of them and how they can benefit you! Check it out!
In this clip, you’ll learn how to access the already installed programs and features in Windows 7 that have been turned off by default. Watch and learn how!
Windows 7 offers great Communication Tools such as Notepad, WordPad, Paint, Windows Fax and Scan. In this clip you’ll learn more about each tool that is listed above. Check it out!
Windows 7 comes 3 different applications which are used to help manage your media. In this clip, Ammon Wiese talks about each of the 3 applications and how they work. Have a look!