Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Application software installation and configuration methods Practice Lab. In this module you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Verify the System Requirements
  • Exercise 2 - Test and Resolve Operating System Compatibility Issues
  • Exercise 3 - Perform a Network-based Installation
  • Exercise 4 - Use Elevated Permissions for Local Installations

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Verify the Drive Space and RAM Requirements
  • Check Application Compatibility
  • Perform a Network-based Installation
  • Disable Auto Login
  • Work with Elevated Privileges

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives is covered in this lab:

  • 1.7: Summarize application installation and configuration concepts

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Verify the System Requirements

For every application software, there is a minimum requirement for a hard disk as well as RAM. There could be enough space in the hard disk for successfully installing the application, but if it uses large data /temporary file, it may run slowly or stop, if it does not have adequate space in the hard disk to store temporary/data files. Similarly, if the data files for the application software are large, fulfilling minimum requirements may not be enough to run the application successfully.

Apart from the hard disk and RAM, application software has a few other system requirements, like graphics and display requirements.

Application software will barely run on minimum requirements; therefore, it is advised that application software is installed on a system that fulfills the recommended requirements for that specific application.

In this exercise, you will learn to verify the system requirements.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Verify the Drive Space and RAM Requirements

Exercise 2 - Test and Resolve Operating System Compatibility Issues

There is a wide range of applications available for various versions of Windows. These applications are designed to work with one or more versions of Windows. When Microsoft released Windows 10, several application development organizations, which had products on an older version of Windows, released a new version of their applications that was compatible with Windows 10.

Microsoft provides Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to the third-party application development organizations. These APIs are built with a lot of Windows functionalities. When a developer uses the API, a lot of tasks are standardized. For example, the print dialog box is standardized in a third-party application.

These APIs are meant for a specific version of Windows. For example, the Print dialog box is different in Windows 7 and Windows 10. An application designed to run on Windows 7 can have the problem running on Windows 10. Therefore, before installing an application, the compatibility of the application with the operating system needs to be ensured. An application may run on a particular version of an operating system but may not run on versions of the same operating system. It needs to be ensured, that one of the supported versions of the operating system is installed in the machine on which the application is to be installed.

In this exercise, you will learn to test and resolve application compatibility problem on Windows 10.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Check Application Compatibility

Exercise 3 - Perform a Network-based Installation

An application can be installed using different methods, which are as follows:

  • CD/DVD: The application’s installation files are provided on the CD/DVD. Before this method, floppy disks used to be the most popular method. The CD/DVD method is being phased out because most application development organizations provide a direct download from their Websites. Small organizations, even though, still use the CD/DVD method. The CD/DVD contains the installation files that a user can use to install the application.
  • Network: The installation files are copied to a shared folder on a server. When a user needs to install an application, the access is granted to the user.
  • Internet: In the current scenario, this is the most preferred method. After purchasing the application, the user is given access to the application installer and installation key. The user needs to download the installer and then install on his or her system. Users typically download pirated, shareware, open-source, and freeware from the Internet.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Perform a Network-based Installation

Exercise 4- Use Elevated Permissions for Local Installations

As a standard user, you will not be able to install an application on a system. You need to have elevated privileges to install the application. Another method is to use elevated privileges. With the use of elevated privileges, a user can install an application on his or her own system.

In this exercise, you will learn to use elevated privileges for local installations.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Disable Auto Login
  • Work with Elevated Privileges

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