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 Post subject: Question about A+ OS exam
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 1:26 pm 
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I'm willing to buy whatever study materials will help me pass this test (already have the hardware part), but does the exam cover 'modern' operatiing systems, or is it littered with Win98 SE and and NT 4.x crap? All the free study materials I've been able to get seem to have lots of questions that, to my mind, are really dated. If it covers Linux or XP Pro or 2003 Server, I can deal, but not DOS 4.0 or Win95. Can anyone who has recently taken it shed some light? TIA.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2006 10:02 pm 
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I took either the 2001 exam or the 2003.....can't remember which version it was. But there was a question about the NT hardware abstraction layer, and some good old DOS stuff.


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Well, I'd like to think the 2003 exam would have questions more appropriate to today's mainstream OS's, but I'll wait to hear from others who will hopefully reply. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Question about A+ OS exam
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:03 am 
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jhansman wrote:
does the exam cover 'modern' operatiing systems, or is it littered with Win98 SE and and NT 4.x crap?


By "modern" I assume you mean Windows 2000 and Windows XP instead Windows operating systems using the Windows NT core technology. If so the software side of the A+ exam covers all of what you stated in your question plus Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Windows 98. Noticed you asked about Windows 98SE and not Windows 98.


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The new one does cover 2000 and XP but it also covers alot of 3.x, 9x, NT, and ME and the different itterations of them (Home, Pro, Server, Workstation, Office, and etc).


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2006 9:14 am 
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Malsherz wrote:
The new one does cover 2000 and XP but it also covers alot of 3.x, 9x, NT, and ME and the different itterations of them (Home, Pro, Server, Workstation, Office, and etc).


Ah, I was afraid of that. While I have used all those OS's (assuming one can call Win95/98/SE an OS) the sample questions I found dealing with those and DOS dealt with some topics I haven't even thought about in years. I mean, does today's computer tech really need to know if HIMEM.SYS is referred to in Autoexec.bat or Config.sys? Seems to me today's relevance should center around workstations running XP Pro or Linux, and servers runnign 2000/2003 server, yes? I guess I just don't want to have to memorize a bunch of minutia I was glad I could forget, just to pass this test. Sigh. Oh well, if that's what it is, that's what it is. Thanks for the info, all.


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Malsherz wrote:
The new one does cover 2000 and XP but it also covers alot of 3.x, 9x, NT, and ME and the different itterations of them (Home, Pro, Server, Workstation, Office, and etc).


Ah, I was afraid of that. While I have used all those OS's (assuming one can call Win95/98/SE an OS) the sample questions I found dealing with those and DOS dealt with some topics I haven't even thought about in years. I mean, does today's computer tech really need to know if HIMEM.SYS is referred to in Autoexec.bat or Config.sys? Seems to me today's relevance should center around workstations running XP Pro or Linux, and servers runnign 2000/2003 server, yes? I guess I just don't want to have to memorize a bunch of minutia I was glad I could forget, just to pass this test. Sigh. Oh well, if that's what it is, that's what it is. Thanks for the info, all.


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