Windows Under the Hood Course

Take a closer look at Windows with this course covering the Windows registry, services, processes, toolset and more.

1 hour, 22 minutes

Course description

Despite its name, Windows is not always open. Take a deeper dive into the world of Windows with this course covering the registry, processes, services, toolset, Windows 7 and 10 task managers, information and configuration tools, the event viewer and more. Explore the difference between different versions of Windows and even the different tools available for programmers.


Tools for Programmers

Video - 00:08:00

The CompTIA A+ objectives list two Control Panel tools used exclusively for applications: the Open Database Connectedly (ODBC) app and the Component Object Model (COM+).
Event Viewer

Video - 00:07:00

Event Viewer logs hundreds of different event types by default, but a tech can easily add specific event tracking by editing the Audit Policy in the Local Security Policy app.
Performance Monitor

Video - 00:12:00

Performance Monitor gives techs the tools they need to closely track almost every aspect of a Windows system.
Information and Configuration Tools

Video - 00:11:00

MSINFO32 is your go-to utility for a quick overview of the hardware and software configuration for a Windows system.
Windows 10 Task Manager

Video - 00:06:00

The newer Windows 10 Task Manager adds deep support for diagnosing performance issues for a Windows system.
Windows 7 Task Manager

Video - 00:09:00

The Task Manager that came with Windows 7 has important features that allow techs to inspect the status of processes.
Your Windows Toolset

Video - 00:08:00

Windows has many tools to help techs. It’s important for good techs to understand where to find these tools and what they do to help techs maintain a Windows system.

Video - 00:04:00

The typical Windows system runs over a hundred services or more. It’s important for a tech to understand how to inspect running services as well as start and stop them as needed.

Video - 00:07:00

Explore the details of processes, services and applications.
What is the Registry?

Video - 00:11:00

The Registry is the primary repository for everything about your Windows system and is rarely accessed directly, but when necessary, we use the REGEDIT utility.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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