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MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals

EXAM CODE 98-349


MTA certifications are a great place to start if you would like to get into the technology field. MTA certifications address a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assess and validate core technical knowledge, and enhance technical credibility. Note: MTA exams do not qualify for MCP certification, nor are they a prerequisite for MCSA or MCSD certification.

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Candidates for this exam should have knowledge of fundamental Windows operating system concepts in a Windows 10 environment.

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Understanding Operating System Configurations (15-20%)
Configure Control Panel options
  • Configure administrative tools, configure accessibility options, configure power settings, configure File Explorer settings
Configure desktop settings
  • Configure profiles, display settings, and shortcuts; configure and customize Start Menu; configure Task Bar settings; configure toolbars; configure notifications
Configure native applications and tools
  • Configure Microsoft Edge, configure Cortana, configure Hyper-V, configure settings using MSCONFIG, configure processes and applications using Task Manager, configure computer management
Configure mobility settings
  • Configure Sync Center, Windows Mobility Center, and Remote Desktop
Configure and use management tools
  • Configure MMC, configure the Windows PowerShell console and Windows PowerShell ISE

Installing and Upgrading Client Systems (15-20%)
Identify Windows operating system editions
  • Identify hardware and compatibility requirements, determine appropriate editions per device type
Identify upgrade paths
  • Identify upgrade paths from previous Windows versions, identify application compatibility
Understand installation types
  • Perform a clean install, upgrade via Windows Update, migrate from previous Windows versions, perform removable media installation, perform network installation
Understand operating system architecture
  • Understand kernel mode; understand user mode; understand memory, IRQs, drivers, CPUs, and UI; understand 32-bit versus 64-bit architecture

Managing Applicatiions (15-20%)
Configure applications
  • Understand local versus network applications, configure desktop applications, configure app startup options, configure Windows features, configure Windows SmartScreen, configure application removal, configure Windows Store apps
Configure user account control (UAC)
  • Understand standard user versus administrative user, understand types of UAC prompts and levels
Configure antivirus settings
  • Configure Windows Defender and the Malicious Software Removal tool
Understand services
  • Understand service start-up types, service accounts, and service dependencies

Managing files and folders (15-20%)
Understand file systems
  • Understand FAT32, NTFS, and ReFS
Understand file and print sharing
  • Configure File System permissions, configure Share Permissions, configure HomeGroup settings, configure print drivers, configure effective permissions, create shares, create mapped drives
Understand encryption
  • Understand BitLocker and Encrypting File Systems (EFS)
Understand libraries
  • Understand offline files, configure libraries, add multiple local locations to a library, add networked locations

Managing Devices (15-20%)
Connect devices
  • Connect, enable, and disable plug-and-play and Bluetooth devices; connect and disconnect printers; install third-party software for devices; install device drivers
Understand storage
  • Understand disk types, security (encryption), storage device types (eSATA, USB, IEEE 1394, iSCSI, InfiniBand), and storage drive types (basic, primary, extended, logical, dynamic disk, VHDs); configure OneDrive use; optimize drives
Understand printing devices
  • Understand local printers, network printers, print queues, print-to-file, and Internet printing
Understand system devices
  • Understand video, audio, and infrared input devices; understand Device Manager

Understanding Operating System Maintenance (15-20%)
Understand backup and recovery methods
  • Configure System Restore; configure a recovery drive; configure recovery boot options, such as Last Known Good, and various Safe Mode options; recover files from OneDrive
Understand maintenance tools
  • Understand Disk Defragmenter, Disk Cleanup, Task Scheduler, and System Information
Configure updates
  • Configure Windows Update options; implement Insider Preview, Current Branch, and Current Branch for Business scenarios; manage update history; roll back updates

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