Administering and Maintaining Windows 7



In this Windows 7 training course, you will gain the knowledge and skills you need to successfully administer, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows 7 computers, and you will discuss the features of SP1.

Through practical labs, you'll get invaluable experience withinstallation and upgrades, remote access, Windows 7 security, and the newdesktop environment. You will learn how Windows 7 allows for vast improvementsto security, overall system performance, and application compatibility-a robustcombination unparalleled in the market.

In this five-day Windows 7 training course, you'll focus on successfulconfiguration of the IT Pro tools and applications that ship with Windows 7. Youwill learn to identify technical problems that can occur on your organization'sclient computers, and you'll discover the Windows 7 tools used to monitor andmaintain those computers. By the end of this course, you will have installed andconfigured a Windows 7 desktop that is secure and on the network, while focusingon five main troubleshooting areas: operating system, hardware, networking,security, and applications.

This course incorporates material from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 50292: Administering and Maintaining Windows 7 and can assist you in your preparation for Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring.


Experienced enterprise-level IT professionals who focus on a broad range of desktop operating system, desktop application, mobile device, networking, and hardware support issues, who have experience with Windows server operating systems, and whose jobs require them to stay knowledgeable and skilled on new versions and technology updates as defined by the business environment


  • Familiarity with computer hardware and devices, such as the ability tolook into Device Manager and look for unsupported devices
  • Experience supporting previous versions of the Windows operating system
  • Basic TCP/IP knowledge, such as knowing why you need to have a valid IPaddress
  • Basic Windows and Active Directory knowledge, such as knowledge aboutdomain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and groupmembership

Learning Objectives

  • How to use the various installation types and upgrade paths available
  • Configure and manage the Windows 7 desktop
  • New features of Windows 7 SP1
  • Add a Windows 7 desktop to an active IPv4/IPv6 network
  • Configure Windows 7 for an Active Directory environment and the new GroupPolicy settings
  • Configure the Windows 7 IT Pro tools and applications
  • Windows 7 remote capabilities and utilities
  • How to use Windows Firewall with advanced features and network profiles
  • Configure Windows 7 remote access and remote capabilities
  • How to use the Windows 7 Mobility Center to manage mobile Windows 7machines
  • Secure the Windows 7 desktop
  • Configure and use the User account control in various network profiles
  • Configure Windows 7 third-party applications with Standard User Analyzerand the Application Compatibility toolkit
  • Monitor and troubleshoot Windows 7 computers for problems with theoperating system, hardware, network security, and applications

1. Introduction to Windows 7

  • Evolution of the Windows Desktop Operating System
  • Windows 7 Products and Features
  • Windows 7 Hardware and Software Compatibility
  • New Features of Windows 7 SP1

2. Installing Windows 7

  • Windows 7 New Installations
  • Upgrading to Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Deployment Technologies for Windows 7
  • The Windows 7 Boot Process

3. Configuring and Managing Windows 7 Settings

  • System Properties
  • Using the Windows 7 Control Panel
  • Managing Accounts and User Profiles
  • Configuring Searching and Indexing

4. Customizing the Windows 7 User Interface

  • The New Windows Display Driver Model
  • Start Menu and Taskbar Settings
  • Desktop Personalization
  • The Windows 7 Aero Experience

5. Windows 7 in the Workgroup

  • Workgroups vs. Active Directory Domains
  • Joining a Windows 7 Workgroup
  • Windows 7 HomeGroups
  • Windows 7 Libraries
  • Sharing Resources

6. Integrating Windows 7 with Active Directory

  • DNS Overview
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Active Directory
  • Joining an Active Directory Domain
  • Using Active Directory Tools Remotely
  • Implementing Group Policy

7. Windows 7 Networking

  • TCP/IP Fundamentals
  • The Next Generation TCP/IP Stack
  • DHCP
  • The Network and Sharing Center
  • BranchCache

8. Windows 7 Remote Capabilities and Utilities

  • Windows 7 Virtual Private Networking
  • Windows 7 DirectAccess
  • Remote Desktop
  • Power Management Options
  • Offline Files and Folders

9. Working with File Systems

  • Disk Management and Partitioning
  • Mounting VHD Files
  • NTFS Version 6.x Features
  • File System Security
  • Using EFS to Secure Files

10. Securing Windows 7

  • User Account Control Settings
  • Configuring the Windows 7 Firewall
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Windows Update
  • Using Bitlocker to Secure the Disk
  • Implementing Network Access Protection

11. Windows 7 Backup and Recovery

  • Windows 7 System Protection
  • Restoring Previous Versions of Files
  • Backup and Restore
  • Windows 7 System Image Backup
  • Building a System Repair Disc
  • Building a Custom WinRE Disk

12. Troubleshooting and Monitoring Windows 7

  • Analyzing System Performance
  • Monitoring Tools
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Optimizing Windows 7 Performance

13. Running and Troubleshooting Applications on Windows 7

  • Application Compatibility Tools for Windows 7
  • Windows 7 File and Registry Virtualization
  • Microsoft Virtual PC and XP Mode