Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Installing System Configuration Settings 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 - Updating the Device Drivers
  • Exercise 2 - Configuring Settings
  • Exercise 3 - Performing Windows Refresh
  • Exercise 4 - Prepare a Boot Drive
  • Exercise 5 - Ensure Prerequisites/Hardware Compatibility
  • Exercise 6 - Check for Application Compatibility

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Update a Device Driver
  • Configure time/date/region/language settings
  • Perform Windows Refresh
  • Prepare a Boot Drive
  • Know about prerequisites/hardware compatibility
  • Know about application compatibility

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives is covered in this lab:

  • 220-1002: 1.5 - General OS installation and upgradation related Settings

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Updating the Device Drivers

A computer system has peripherals devices attached to it. For example:

  • CD/DVD drive
  • Printer
  • Scanner

These peripheral devices need software to function. Each peripheral device has its own device drivers, enabling the device to communicate and work with the operating system.

Software is provided by the manufacturer of the device, along with the hardware at the time of purchase. Software that is not manufactured by the operating system manufacturer is called a third-party software.

Windows maintains a database of device drivers. When a device is installed, if Windows has the device drivers for it, it will install those device drivers. Otherwise, you will have to download and install or use the device drivers provided by the manufacturer.

In this exercise, you will learn to update the device drivers.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Update a device driver

Exercise 2 - Configuring Settings

Windows operating system contains some general information. This information is related to a few useful things, such as:

  • Time
  • Date
  • Region
  • Language

A user often finds this information necessary while using a computer system. It is possible to set date, time, and choose the region and the language. We will now see some of these settings.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Configure time/date/region/language settings

Exercise 3 - Performing Windows Refresh

Most of the modern-day machines have pre-installed Windows in a partition of the hard drive, which is called a factory recovery partition. This partition contains the original image of the operating system and applications that were installed in the system at the time of shipment. Using the system image in the factory recovery partition, a user can bring the system back to the state it was in at the time of purchase.

In this exercise, you will learn to use the factory recovery partition.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Perform Windows Refresh

Exercise 4 - Preparing a Boot Drive

A boot drive must be a primary partition and must be made active. You cannot boot an operating system from a logical drive. Therefore, when formatting a drive for loading an operating system, ensure that you have formatted it as a primary drive.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Prepare a boot drive

Exercise 5 - Ensure Prerequisites/Hardware Compatibility

When installing an operating system, its hardware requirements need to be checked. It must be made sure that the available hardware setup will adequately support the operating system.

In case, hardware requirements are not met, the operating system installation procedure can terminate abruptly, or if it succeeds with the installation, it may not work with optimal performance. You should also know about the hardware compatibility list (HCL) that lists the hardware compatible with Windows.

You can know more about HCL from the following link:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/compatibility/

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Know about prerequisites/hardware compatibility

Exercise 6 - Checking for Application Compatibility

Compatibility has to be checked while installing application software. To install and run, an application needs to be compatible with the operating system, and the machine should meet the hardware requirements. Operating systems have different versions. For example, the Windows operating system has two versions. They are:

  • 32-bit (x86)
  • 64-bit (x64)

32 and 64-bit refers to the way the CPU handles information. 64-bit operating systems are more efficient than 32-bit operating systems. In this exercise, you will learn about application compatibility.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Know about application compatibility

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