Windows 7 Inside Out

CNIT 345: Windows 7 Tech Support

Spring 2012 Sam Bowne


Open Lab Hours for Sci 214

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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows® 7

39417 501 Lec M 6-9 PM SCIE 204

Provides students with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience to install, configure, and maintain Windows 7. Students will get their own free copy of Windows 7 and perform many hands-on exercises to strengthen their skills. This course helps prepare students for the "Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuration" certificate.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

 A. Explain Windows 7 editions
 B. Install Windows 7
 C. Explain upgrade paths to Windows 7
 D. Install Windows 7 in a multi-boot configuration, and on a virtual machine
 E. Install and Use Windows XP Mode on Windows 7
 F. Configure Windows Aero Graphics
 G. Describe known problems associated with installations and upgrades of 7
 H. Apply updates and service packs
 I. Troubleshoot system startup and user login problems
 J. Interpret error messages and suggest appropriate solutions to problems
 K. Configure and troubleshoot hardware devices
 L. Set up and troubleshoot a small network including HomeGroups
 M. Perform routine maintenance
 N. Optimize and monitor system performance
 O. Troubleshoot Windows errors and recover from a computer crash, using the Windows Recovery Environment and other tools
 P. Explain and edit the structure of the registry
 Q. Manage disks and drives
 R. Control access to files and folders with NTFS permissions, including the changes to NTFS permissions in Windows 7
 S. Configure Internet Explorer 8
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DateQuiz & ProjectsTopics
Mon 1-30  Chapter 1. What's New in Windows 7
Chapter 2. Installing and Configuring Windows 7
Mon 2-6  Chapter 3. Obtaining Help and Support
Chapter 4. Personalizing Windows 7
CERT PREP (optional)
1: Install, Upgrade, or Migrate to Windows 7
Thu 2-9 CERT PREP session cancelled--we did it on Monday
Fri 2-3 Last Day to Add Classes
Mon 2-13Quiz Ch 1-4
Proj 1-2 due
Chapter 5. Adding, Removing, and Managing Programs
Chapter 6. Using Internet Explorer 8

CERT PREP (optional)
2: Configuring System Images (Part 1 of 3)
Mon 2-20 Holiday - No Class
Mon 2-27Quiz Ch 5-6
Proj 3-4 due
Chapter 7. Adding Windows Live Programs and Services
Chapter 8. Organizing and Finding Files and Information

CERT PREP (optional)
2: Configuring System Images (Part 2 of 3)
Mon 3-5Quiz Ch 7-8
Proj 5-6 due 
Chapter 9. Using Windows Search
Chapter 10. Advanced File Management

CERT PREP (optional)
2: Configuring System Images (Part 3 of 3)
Mon 3-12Quiz: Ch 9-10
Proj 7-8 due 
Chapter 11. Backup, Restore, and Recovery
Chapter 12. Playing and Organizing Digital Media Files
Mon 3-19Quiz: Ch 11-12
Proj 9-10 due 
Chapter 13. Sharing and Syncing Digital Media
Chapter 14. Using Windows Media Center
Mon 3-26 Spring Recess - No Class
Mon 4-2Quiz: Ch 13-14
Proj 11-12 due 
Chapter 15. Security Essentials
Chapter 16. Managing User Accounts, Passwords, and Logons
Tue 4-3 Mid-Term Grades Due
Mon 4-9Quiz: Ch 15-16
Proj 13-14 due 
Chapter 17. Setting Up a Small Office or Home Network
Chapter 18. Sharing and Managing Network Resources
Mon 4-16Quiz: Ch 17-18
Proj 15-16 due
Chapter 19. Fixing and Tweaking Your Network
Chapter 20. Tuning Up and Monitoring Performance
Thu 4-19 Last Day to Withdraw
Mon 4-23Quiz: Ch 19-20
Proj 17-18 due
Chapter 21. Performing Routine Maintenance
Chapter 22. Using Advanced System Management Tools
Mon 4-30Quiz: Ch 21-22
Chapter 23. Troubleshooting Windows Errors and Crashes
Chapter 24. Setting Up and Configuring Hardware
Mon 5-7Quiz: Ch 23-24
Chapter 25. Managing Disks and Drives
Chapter 26. Using Pen, Touch, and Voice Input
Mon 5-14Quiz: Ch 25-26
All Extra Credit Proj due 
Last Class: Review
Mon 5-21  Final Exam: 6 pm

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    1 - What's New in Windows 7Ch 1-2 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    2 - Installing and Configuring Windows 7 
    3 - Obtaining Help and SupportCh 3-4 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    4 - Personalizing Windows 7 
    5 - Adding, Removing, and Managing ProgramsCh 5-6 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    6 - Using Internet Explorer 8 
    7 - Adding Windows Live Programs and ServicesCh 7-8 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    8 - Organizing and Finding Files and Information 
    9 - Using Windows SearchCh 9-10 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    10 - Advanced File Management 
    11 - Backup, Restore, and RecoveryCh 11-12 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    12 - Playing and Organizing Digital Media Files 
    13 - Sharing and Syncing Digital MediaCh 13-14 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    14 - Using Windows Media Center 
    15 - Security EssentialsCh 15-16 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    16 - Managing User Accounts, Passwords, and Logons 
    17 - Setting Up a Small Office or Home NetworkCh 17-18 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    18 - Sharing and Managing Network Resources 
    19 - Fixing and Tweaking Your NetworkCh 19-20 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    20 - Tuning Up and Monitoring Performance 
    21 - Performing Routine MaintenanceCh 21-22 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    22 - Using Advanced System Management Tools 
    23 - Troubleshooting Windows Errors and CrashesCh 23-24 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    24 - Setting Up and Configuring Hardware 
    25 - Managing Disks and DrivesCh 25-26 Lecture Notes    PowerPoint
    26 - Using Pen, Touch, and Voice Input 
    PowerShell Tutorials
   Sam's PowerShell Notes

Test Prep

Ch 1: Install, Migrate, or Upgrade to Windows 7
Ch 2: Configuring System Images (Part 1)
Ch 2: Configuring System Images (Part 2)
Ch 2: Configuring System Images (Part 3)
Ch 3: Deploying System Images (Part 1)

 The lectures are in Word and PowerPoint formats.
 If you do not have Word or PowerPoint you will need to install the
  Free Word Viewer 2007 and/or the Free PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

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How to Get your Windows 7 Activation Code from MSDNAA
Correcting the BIOS Boot Order in S214

Proj 1: Installing Windows 7 (10 Pts.)
Proj 2: Open Office (5 Pts.)
Proj 3: Easy Transfer (10 Pts.)
Proj 4: Customizing File Types with Regedit (15 Pts.)
Proj 5: Monitoring RAM Use with Task Manager (10 Pts.)       WasteMemory Python Script
Proj 6: Monitoring RAM Use with Resource Monitor (10 Pts.)
Proj 7: Researching an Error Event (20 Pts.)
Proj 8: Limiting Control Panel with Group Policy (15 Pts.)
Proj 9: Creating a Custom MMC Console (10 Pts.)
Proj 10: Firewall Exceptions (15 Pts.)
Proj 11: Windows Live Mail (10 Pts.)
Proj 12: Family Safety (10 Pts.)
Proj 13: NTFS Permissions (15 Pts.)
Proj 14: EFS Encryption (15 Pts.)
Proj 15: Problem Reporting and BadApp (10 Pts.)            Download BadApp.exe
Proj 16: Remote Assistance (10 Pts.)
Proj 17: Driver Verifier (10 Pts.) (updated 4-21-11)
Proj 18: Remote Desktop (10 Pts.)

Extra Credit Projects

Proj 1x: Using the Ultimate Boot CD to Create Admin. Accts. (10 Pts.)

Proj 3x: Making a Secure Wireless Network (10 Pts.)
Proj 4x: Microsoft Security Essentials (10 pts.) (revised 2-7-12)
    Download EICAR (7-zip archive, password sam

Proj 5x: Installing Windows 7 Ultimate (15 pts.)
Proj 6x: PDF Exploit with Metasploit (15 pts.)
Proj 9x: IPv6 Tunnel (10 pts.)
Proj 10x: Intro to PowerShell (up to 20 pts.)
Proj 11x: WAIK 1--Making an Answer File (15 pts.)
Proj 12x: WAIK 2--Making a Bootable WinPE Medium (15 pts.)
Proj 13x: WAIK 3--Imagex (15 pts.)
Proj 14x: VHD (10 pts.)

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Microsoft Certification

Voucher Purchase Welcome Page--Prometric\'s New Order Page
Microsoft Certification for This Class: TS: Windows 7, Configuring, Exam 70-680

Chapter Links

Ch 2a: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Ch 2b: Windows 7 system requirements - Microsoft Windows
Ch 2c: Permanently disable driver signature enforcement on Win 7 x64
Ch 2d: Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

Ch 3a: Remote Desktop Connection: frequently asked questions
Ch 3b: Teredo Overview
Ch 3c: Windows Remote Assistance: frequently asked questions
Ch 3d: Initiate Remote Assistance from a Command Line or a Script
Ch 3e: Remote Assistance and Resulting Internet Communication in Windows Vista
Ch 3f: RSS-powered Windows 7 desktop slideshows

Ch 5a: Microsoft® Hardware-Assisted Virtualization Detection Tool
Ch 5b: How to manually remove programs from the Add or Remove Programs tool
Ch 5c: What\'s new in Internet Explorer 9?
Ch 5d: How to Install XP Mode on Windows 7 without Virtualization

Ch 6a: Most Secure Browser: Internet Explorer 8
Ch 6b: Demonstration site to show IE\'s SmartScreen
Ch 6c: SpywareInfo > Cookies - What they are and how they are used
Ch 6d: Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 shows strong progress
Ch 6e: Internet Explorer 10 Test Drive

Ch 9a: Indexer Status Gadget
Ch 9b: Windows Live Gallery--Get Indexer Status Gadget Here

Ch 10a: Live Mesh : Welcome To Live Mesh
Ch 10b: BitLocker Drive Encryption Deployment Guide for Windows 7
Ch 10c: BitLocker Drive Encryption Step-by-Step Guide for Windows 7
Ch 10d: Utility Spotlight: Robocopy GUI
Ch 10e: Windows Live Mesh -- no longer a Beta, and Live Sync is gone

Ch 11a: How restore points and other recovery features in Windows Vista are affected when you dual-boot with Windows XP

Ch 12a: Windows 7 Starter Won\'t Play DVDs
Ch 12b: Windows 7 features - Windows Media Player 12
Ch 12c: NPR Program Stream--example WAX file

Ch 14a: Charlie Owen - Windows Media Center in the PDC Build of Windows 7
Ch 14b: Windows 8 Will Include Windows Media Center

Ch 16a: Well-known security identifiers in Windows operating systems
Ch 16b: Parental Controls and Family Safety in Windows 7

Ch 17a: Windows 7 Enterprise Features, including DirectAccess
Ch 17b: The Tenderloin Hacker
Ch 17c: How to connect any WPS-enabled wireless device to a wireless modem, router or access point
Ch 17d: Wi-Fi Protected Setup - Wikipedia

Ch 18a: How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop

Ch 19a: Network Map in Windows Vista does not display computers that are running Windows XP
Ch 19b: Hotfix required to add LLTD to Win 7 XP SP3 Computers
Ch 19c: Google Public DNS
Ch 19d: The Story Behind a DNS Legend

Ch 20a: Autoruns for Windows
Ch 20b: Prefetch and SuperFetch Explained

Ch 21a: Microsoft Update Catalog (requires IE)
Ch 21b: Windows Server Update Services Home
Ch 21c: WindizUpdate - Wikipedia
Ch 21d: WindizUpdate

Ch 23a: Windows feature lets you generate a memory dump file by using the keyboard

Ch 24a: Windows Logo Program for Hardware FAQ
Ch 24b: Code Signing Certificates for Microsoft Authenticode

Ch 25a: Guide Windows 7 Clean Install Walk-through
Ch 25b: Making a bootable USB Windows 7 Install Disk
Ch 25c: Data Recovery Software to Undelete Files; Disk recovery; Recover Deleted Files
Ch 25d: GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia
Ch 25e: The woes of a GUID Partition Table

Ch 26a: Tablet PC image
Ch 26b: Windows 7 Pen and Touch
Ch 26c: Windows 7 Touch and Multitouch Gesturing, Pen Controls and Writing Recognition - Windows 7 guide - Gizmodo
Ch 26d: Engineering Windows 7 : Ink Input and Tablet PC

Other Links

How the Windows 7 Kernel differs from the kernel in Vista
Top Tips for More Windows 7 Productivity
Measuring memory usage in Windows 7
Confessions of a Windows 7 pirate
How to stop Windows Update from restarting your PC (scroll to bottom)
Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows
Use any version of Windows 7 free for 120 days
Deploy 1: Download details: Windows® AIK for Windows® 7
Windows Maintenance Tips: The Good, Bad, and Useless
Quickly find space-hogging files with PowerShell
Windows 7 setup is unable to create / locate a partition (solved)
How to reach maximum 802.11n speed and throughput
What is the WINSXS directory in Windows 2008 and Windows Vista and why is it so large?
Windows Live Sync to be named Windows Live Mesh
Getting Started with BitLocker
On the effectiveness of DEP and ASLR - TechNet Blogs
Deployment: Sysprep a Windows 7 Machine -- Start to Finish V2
How to turn off Internet Explorer in Windpws 7
Implementing a Windows 7 SteadyState by utilizing differencing VHDs files
IE9 and Tracking Protection: Microsoft disrupts the online ad business | ZDNet
ISC Diary | How to find unwanted files on workstations <--Good example of scripting for workstation administration
MSDN Blog on Win 8\'s new antimalware protections--improved ASLR? -- VERY INTERESTING
Protecting the pre-OS environment with UEFI - Building Windows 8 - MSDN Blogs
2011-09-28: You can run Windows 8 from a USB flash drive - using WAIK
Creating Windows 8 To Go on a 16 GB USB-Stick

New Unsorted Links

2012-01-06: 70-680 Resources -- Deployment lessons here

How to generate a kernel or a complete memory dump file in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Good hotfix blog

Book for Cert Review: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-680): Configuring Windows 7

Windows Client Certification

Microsoft certifications - Practice tests

TestPrep Ch 1a: Windows 7 Starter- what are the limitations?

TestPrep Ch 1b: Compare Windows - Microsoft Windows

TestPrep Ch 2a: Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7

TestPrep Ch 2b: Create Answer File, Windows AIK Demo Deploy Windows 7 TechNet

TestPrep Ch 2c: How Configuration Passes Work

TestPrep Ch 2d: There is no Reduced Functionality Mode in Windows 7

Ch 16c: Stage a Device Driver in the Driver Store

How to Alleviate Disk Space Pressure Caused By a Large Windows Component Store (WinSxS) Directory

How to Alleviate Disk Space Pressure Caused By a Large Windows Component Store (WinSxS) Directory

How To Enable Boot Logging For Fixing Startup Problems in Windows

How do I reduce the desktop icon size in Windows 7? Ctrl+Scroll Wheel!

Microsoft Certification Overview

Windows 8 Tip: Use the Web-Based Installer

HOWTO Install Windows 8 to a TabletSlate from USB - xda-developers

The diehard's guide to making the most of Windows 8

Windows 8 productivity: Who moved my cheese? Oh, there it is. - Scott Hanselman

Microsoft dumps Live Mesh in Windows Essentials 2012 with SkyDrive

Ch 17e: Reaver cracks WPS

Windows XP Remote Desktop without password

How to navigate Start in Windows Server 2012

Download Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4 from Official Microsoft Download Center

How to Write an LMHOSTS File for Domain Validation and Other Name Resolution Issues

How to Force a Computer to Login to a Specific Domain Controller

Install Active Directory forest in a Windows Azure

How to Remove DirectAccess from Server 2012

Free Windows 8 eBook for IT Pros

BitLocker included in Windows 8 Pro!

Windows 8 Hyper-V will require SLAT (Second Level Address Translation)

How do I delete an Azure storage account containing a leased blob?

How to Use Windows 8's New File History Backup (aka Time Machine for Windows)

New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

Wow! I think this fixes the RA Flood Vuln! IPv6 readiness update for Win 7 and for Win Server 2008 R2

Deploy 1b: Native VHD Boot is available in all versions of Windows 7 (but only Enterprise and Ultimate can be on the VHD)

How MSDN members that only have access to Windows 8 VL (Volume License) editions can activate their Retail Keys instead

Quick Guide: Windows 8 New Keyboard Shortcuts

Reset a Windows 8 Password without using any third party software

You can lock your flash drives for free in Windows 8 with BitLocker

Windows 7 SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool - Cleans Winsxs folder

How to 'downgrade' to Windows 7

Help! I've got Windows 8 and I miss my Start menu!

HOW TO: Use the Diskpart.efi Utility to Create a GUID Partition Table Partition on a Raw Disk in Windows

GPT vs MBR Disk Comparison

Building the next generation file system for Windows: ReFS

How to install Win 7 or 8 in UEFI on GPT

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

How to: Make a Windows 7 USB Installler bootable for UEFI boot - YouTube

Windows Server 2012 Install & Uninstall the GUI -- Minshell

Windows and GPT FAQ

RecImg Manager - Backup & Restore for Windows 8 and Mobile Devices!

Sample: Configure UEFIGPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart

Ch 9c: Search Menu Item Removed in Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Using Windows 8u2032s 'hidden' backup to clone and recover your whole PC

A step back in time with Windows 8u2032s File History

Internet Explorer 10 now available for Windows 7

PowerShell Basics - Execution Policy and Code Signing Part1 --PROJECT IDEA

BitLocker To Go works in all Windows 7 Versions

WinSxS Folder in Windows 7 explained

Add drivers to Windows Server 2012 ISO Image

Change from Public to Private Network in Windows 8

Windows 8: How to free up disk space on Microsoft Surface tablets

Windows Booting Process

Windows Server 2012--Install on Windows 8 OEM Machine

Enable Wireless Networking on Windows Server 2008 R2

Ten first steps with Windows Server 2012

How To Convert Server 2012 Core Installation into Full GUI Server and viceversa..

Windows Server 2012 Unattended Installation

Multibooting with Windoes 8 on an Asus Laptop

Windows 32-bit and 64-bit and GPT - Server Fault

Where Can I Download Windows 7?

Download IE App Compat VHD from Official Microsoft Download Center

Using a VHD with Oracle VirtualBox

How to get the Start menu back in Windows 8: install the slick, free Pokki

Introducing the Windows PowerShell ISE

Windows. 8 Security Videos

How to bring back the Start menu and button to Windows 8 -- StartIsBack

How to Create and Restore System Image Backups on Windows 8.1

Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

Ch 21a: An explanation of CHKDSK and its switches

bootmgr.exe.mui files explained halfway down this page

Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using Microsoft Windows Backup and Restore -- Process can be started from Control Panel, and F8 works too!

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