[sysconfig1] [Fwd: Test #2 Review Pointers]

  • From: Burt Philp <bphilp@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: Sysconfig1 list <sysconfig1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003 00:21:00 -0500

This seems to have lost its way, so here goes again.

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Subject: Test #2 Review Pointers
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2003 11:01:40 -0500
From: Burt Philp <bphilp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Sysconfig1 list <sysconfig1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Test #2 will cover Chapters 3, 4, 5 & 6. Some of chapter 3 was covered 
in the last test, but not material after page 123, so that material will 
be on Test #2.

The following are some pointers to help you prepare for Test  #2 ( NOTE: 
these pointers are not organized in any special order):

1. Know what happens during the boot process for Windows 9x. With that 
knowledge, you should be able to troubleshoot boot problems. You should 
also know the different boot options for Windows 9x, e.g. Safe Mode, 
Command Prompt, etc. How do you acces these options? What is the 
VMM32.vxd and what is its role in the boot process? How does 
AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS affect the boot process?

2.What are the differences between Windows ME and other 9x versions?

3. What is the difference between a clean install and an upgrade?

4. How is the formatting process different for floppy disks compared to 
hard disks?

5. Based on your knowledge of the Windows 9x architecture, you should 
understand what happens when 16-bit applications crash and how a crash 
impacts the system.

6. What are the different networking models supported by Windows 
operating systems?

7. What is mirroring and which Windows operating systems support it?

8. If your mouse fails, what are some of the keyboard shortcuts that 
would help you to use Windows without having to press the reset button? 
Suppose your keyboard did not have a Windows key? What would you do?

9. What is fragmentation?

10. What is the role of IO.SYS and the other core OS files during the 
boot process? How are these files different?

11. What are the error conditions discussed in the textbook, that 
SCANDISK can detect and try to fix?

12 What is the Registry? How are changes made in the Registry?

13. Know the common commands used to manage files and directories at the 
command prompt, e.g. CD, MD, etc. What are internal  and external 
commands? How and why would you use the DISKCOPY command?

14. What are the different types of partitions and relevant settings? 
For example, primary partition, active partition, extended partition, 
etc. How many partitions can you have on a drive? Does it vary depending 
on the OS?

15. What is the role of Plug and Play? Which component, for example, 
assigns resources to devices?

16. What are the different file systems supported by Windows and which 
versions support all files systems and which versions do not. What 
impact does this have for setting up dual boot machines? What are the 
characteristics of  the different file systems? What are their strong 
points and limitations?

17. How has the role of the SYSTEM.INI and the WIN.INI changed? Has it 
been replaced? If  yes, by what?

18. What are the installation options presented in Windows 9x? What are 
some of the resource files that can help you install software and 
hardware? They can sometimes save you time and frustration if  they are 

19. How are partitions classified under Windows NT?

20. What are the differences in the user interface between Windows 9x 
and Windows NT? For example, is installing hardware the same under both 

21. What is the role of  NTLDR?

22. What is User mode and Kernel mode under Windows NT? What are the 
main components that use these modes? For example, Win32 subsytem, HAL, 
Executive Services, etc.

23. What is MFT?

24. How are applications automatically loaded in Windows 9x?

25. What are virtual machines? How do they relate to real mode?

26. What is disk thrashing? What causes it?

27. What is virtual memory? How is it used?

28. What is MSCONFIG? How and why would you use it? Under what 
circumstances would you not be able to use it?

29. What is the role of the FAT and what is the relationship between the 
FAT, the directory and the OS?

30. What is the Registry Checker? Is it available to all Windows 9x 
version? How can you use it at the command line? What options are available?

31. What is System Restore? In which versions of Windows is it 
available? How is it different from System File Protection?

32. How has disk caching changed with the introduction of  Windows 9x?

 By reviewing the PowerPoint slides, reading the chapters and reviewing 
what you did in lab, you should be able to capture this information and 
answer these and other questions. Prepare early and prepare well.


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