A+ Core 2 (220-1102) Cram Notes

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1. Operating System

Windows Vista

1. The minimum hardware requirements for installing Vista Operating System (Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Ultimate) are given below:

  • 800 MHz processor and 512 MB of system memory

  • 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

  • Support for Super VGA graphics

  • CD-ROM drive

2. The recommended hardware requirements (for Home Premium/Business/Ultimate) are given as:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

  • 1 GB of system memory

  • 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

  • Support for DirectX 9

  • DVDROM drive

3. For Home Basic, the recommended requirements are:

  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

  • 512 MB of system memory

  • 20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics

  • DVD-ROM drive

4. You can upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate from Windows XP Home, XP Professional, XP Media Center, and XP Tablet PC, Windows 2000 Professional can't be upgraded to Windows Vista directly.

5. Certain versions of Windows Vista uses BitLocker Drive Encryption. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full disk encryption feature included with the Ultimate and Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows Vista and Windows 7 desktop operating systems.

6. In order for BitLocker to operate, the hard disk requires at least two NTFS-formatted volumes: one for the operating system (usually C:) and another with a minimum size of 100MB from which the operating system boots. BitLocker requires the boot volume to remain unencrypted, so the boot should not be used to store confidential information.

7. Windows Sidebar is a pane on the side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized and always available. Gadgets are mini programs that give you information at a glance and provide access to frequently used tools. Windows Sidebar helps you to organize your gadgets. The Windows sidebar is also available in Windows 7 Operating System.

8. The parental controls built into Windows Vista help parents determine which games their children can play, which programs they can use, and which websites they can visit, and when. Parents can restrict computer use to specific times and trust that Windows Vista will enforce those restrictions, even when they're away from home.

9. Windows Vista introduces Sync Center, which enables users to synchronize their data with other computers and devices from one common user interface. There are several ways to interact with Sync Center, one of which is as a provider of synchronization information. Synchronization information consists of a synchronization engine, and the data that it synchronizes.

10. Driver Verifier is included in Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 to promote stability and reliability. You can use this tool to troubleshoot driver issues. You can start the tool by going to Run > verifier.exe Specifically, in the version of Driver Verifier included in Windows Vista:

  • You can start verification of any driver without rebooting, even if Driver Verifier is not already running.

  • You can start the verification of a driver that is already loaded.

  • You can activate or deactivate most Driver Verifier options without rebooting.

11. The editions below support the Aero Feature:

  • Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Windows Vista Business Edition

  • Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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