Supporting Microsoft Windows 7 Desktop

Learn how to install, configure and maintain Windows 7

Built on the strengths of Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 is designed to enhance your organisation’s desktop environment.  However you will need to know how best to use the improved security and manageability for remote and local computers.  This course does just that.

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Purpose of this course

This course will give you the skills you need to install and manage a Microsoft Windows 7 environment.  As well as teaching you how to troubleshoot, give support to end users and configure and maintain Windows 7 as part of a corporate network.

Who is this course for

Administrators and support personnel who will be administering Windows 7, and want to keep up to date with the latest of Microsoft operating systems.  Anyone wanting to gain a Microsoft MSDST (70-680) or MCITP (70-647) qualification.

You will learn how to
  • Install and Configure Windows 7
  • Integrate Windows 7 with an Active Directory environment
  • Use new tools such as Windows PowerShell
  • Secure data from un-authorised access with permissions and Bit-locker
  • Use and trouble shoot Group Policy
  • Manage applications in XP Mode
  • Understand automated deployment
Benefits for your organisation

Windows 7 is the operating system of choice, and your existing staff will benefit from this condensed training on  a system that will run and run.  This comprehensive course will bring your support staff right up to date and broaden their knowledge in areas that also apply to other systems such as Windows Server 2008.

Benefits for you as an individual

You will gain up to date  knowledge and understanding of latest Windows operating system. You will receive hands on  skills  and experience installing , and configuring Windows 7, that will update your existing Windows skills.

Introducing Windows 7

Welcome to Windows 7
What's New
The Different Editions of Windows 7

Attended Installation of Windows 7

Attended Installations and Automated Installations
Pre-requisites and Planning
Performing an Installation on New Hardware
Upgrading a Vista PC to Windows 7
Activating Windows
Migrating User Setting and Files

Account Administration and Domain Integration

Accounts Introduction
Managing Local Accounts
Joining a Domain and Using Domain Accounts
User Account Control
Parental Controls

Configuring Windows 7

The Desktop Look and Feel
Taskbar Features
Internet Explorer
Control Panel and the Registry
System Settings

Configuring the File System

Windows File Systems
NTFS Security and Permissions
Other NTFS Attributes
Moving and Copying NTFS Files and Folders
Sharing Folders

Administration Tools

The Microsoft Management Console
Command Line Administration
Windows PowerShell
Remote Desktop Connections
Installing Network Administrative Tools

Networking Windows 7

Networking Overview
Networking and Sharing Centre
Configuring and Testing IP Address
The Windows Firewall
Home Group
Direct Access Overview

Hardware Devices and Drivers

Hardware Overview
Troubleshooting Hardware
Advanced power Management
USB Device Support

Managing Disks

The Disk Management Console
Basic, Dynamic and GPT Storage Volumes
Troubleshooting Disk Problems
Disk utilities
Disk Performance

Boot Process and Trouble Shooting Tools

The Windows 7 Boot Process
Trouble Shooting Tools
System Protection
Windows Backup and Restore
Windows Recovery Environment
Task Manager
Resource Monitor
System Configuration
Event Viewer
Action Centre
Advanced Performance Tools

Group Policy Overview

Introducing Group Policies
Local Policies
Active Directory Group Policies
Creating a Simple User Group Policy
Creating a Simple Machine Policy
New Group Policy Functionality
Preferences and Targeting
Creating a Sample Preference Policy
Trouble Shooting Group Policy

Supporting Applications

Programme Compatibility
Introduction to the Application Compatibility Toolkit
Application Control Policies
Windows XP Mode


Printer Terminology
Windows 7 Printing Enhancements
Connecting to Printers
Printer Properties
The Print Management Console
Web Based Printers

Additional Security

Basic Security
Windows Updates
Windows Defender
Ant-Virus Software

Automated Deployments Overview

Deployment Overview
Windows Image File Format
Windows Pre-Installation Environment
Windows Automated Installation Kit
Image X
Answer Files
Windows System Image Manager
Windows Deployment Services


Delegates should have some familiarity with Windows XP in a company network environment, or similar operating systems. Attending our Comptia A+ Complete course or equivalent knowledge is recommended.

About the Lead Trainer

Martin is a Systems trainer specialising mostly in Microsoft products, with over 20 years’ experience in training, contracting and managing networks. He currently delivers courses on Windows Server and client operating systems, Virtualisation, Active Directory, IIS web server, Network security, System Center products and automated deployments.