Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Microsoft Windows Control Panel’s User Related Utilities 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 - Working with the Folder Options
  • Exercise 2 - Configuring Firewall Rules using Windows Firewall
  • Exercise 3 - Using Programs and Features
  • Exercise 4 - Know the Power Options
  • Exercise 5 - Working with the HomeGroup
  • Exercise 6 - Learning to Troubleshoot
  • Exercise 7 - Using the Network and Sharing Center
  • Exercise 8 - Using Device Manager

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Work with the General tab
  • Work With the View Tab
  • Work With the Search Tab
  • Verify the Settings Configured in Folder Options
  • Verify that network connection is enabled
  • Create a Simple Windows Firewall Rule
  • Test the Effectiveness of the Firewall Rule
  • Reconfigure the Firewall Rule Created
  • Manage Applications Using Programs and Features
  • Customize an Existing Power Plan
  • Create a Power Plan
  • Demonstrate the working of HomeGroup
  • Work with Troubleshooting Options
  • Use the Network and Sharing Center
  • Use Device Manager

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives is covered in this lab:

  • 220-1002: 1.10 Given a scenario, use Microsoft Windows Control Panel's user related utilities

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Working with the Folder Options

Folder options are divided into three segments:

  • General
  • View
  • Search

Folder options comprise of functionality that is useful for customizing the appearance of the File Explorer window. The following areas can be configured using the folder option’s functionality:

  • How are folders are opened
  • Which file parameters are displayed
  • Whether the search operation include the hidden content or not

In this exercise, you will be viewing the settings that allow the File Explorer window to be customized.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Work with the Folder Options

Exercise 2 - Configuring Firewall Rules using Windows Firewall

A firewall protects your computer from unauthorized access by users or applications outside of your corporate network. To make the firewall effective, you need to define/edit firewall rules.

These rules analyze the packets coming to the computer or network and compare whether the specified conditions are satisfied and then allow/deny access to the computer or network accordingly. Windows Firewall application enables you to configure and edit firewall rules.

In this exercise, you will create firewall rules using Windows firewall and verify their efficiency in managing access to the computer.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Work with Windows Firewall

Exercise 3 - Using Programs and Features

Information of all the installed applications is displayed in the Programs and Features console. This information includes the following:

  • Publisher
  • Size
  • Version
  • Name

Along with this information, the option to uninstall/change the method of installation of an application is available.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Work with the programs and features section

Exercise 4 - Knowing the Power Options

The power option window has the functionality to decide the state of the machine. The following options are available in Power Options:

  • Hibernate
  • Sleep
  • Standby

Hibernate option shuts the machine, but the open applications are stored in the memory. As a result, when the machine starts again, the previously opened applications will run in the exact state as it was before hibernating.

Sleep option puts the machine into a low power-consuming mode. It keeps all your open applications running. As soon as the machine starts up from sleep, the running applications are readily available for use

Standby mode happens when a machine has been idle for a period of time.

It is possible to decide whether preference should be given to performance or energy efficiency.

In this exercise, you will see the methods to configure the power options by customizing an existing and creating a new power plan.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Configure power options

Exercise 5 - Working with HomeGroup

A HomeGroup is a group of personal computers on a home network that can share various resources like files and printers, which may be required to perform different tasks on a computer system. Not all required resources may be available on a local machine. These resources could be available with other machines on the same network.

In the present lab setup, the machine is already in the domain. Hence, it is not possible to create a new HomeGroup.

In the exercise, you will be shown a demonstration of leaving a HomeGroup.

Exercise 5 - Working with HomeGroup

A HomeGroup is a group of personal computers on a home network that can share various resources like files and printers, which may be required to perform different tasks on a computer system. Not all required resources may be available on a local machine. These resources could be available with other machines on the same network.

In the present lab setup, the machine is already in the domain. Hence, it is not possible to create a new HomeGroup.

In the exercise, you will be shown a demonstration of leaving a HomeGroup.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the working of HomeGroup

Exercise 6 - Learning to Troubleshoot

Many different problems could arise when using a computer system. Troubleshooting options provide tools to resolve them. You can use these tools for:

  • Installed programs
  • Hardware and sound
  • Network and Internet
  • System and Security

In this exercise, you will learn to troubleshoot various components.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Learn to troubleshoot

Exercise 7- Using the Network and Sharing Center

The Network and Sharing Center comprises of functions related to the network. Along with it, it provides the functionality to share local machine’s media to the other machines on the network. The functionality for establishing a connection to the internet is also available.

In this exercise, you will learn about the Network and Sharing Center.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Use the Network and Sharing Center.

Exercise 8 - Using Device Manager

The Device Manager contains the list of all the internal and external peripheral devices of the computer system. Some of the types of devices, which it displays, are:

  • Human interface devices
  • Processors
  • Disk drives
  • Network adapters
  • And many other hardware devices

In this exercise, you will learn to use Device Manager.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Use Device Manager

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