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MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configuring Microsoft Windows 8.1, 1st edition

  • Don Poulton
  • Randy Bellet
  • Harry Holt

Published by Pearson IT Certification (September 10th 2014) - Copyright © 2015

1st edition

MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configuring Microsoft Windows 8.1

ISBN-13: 9780133410426

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Learn, prepare, and practice for MCSA 70-687 exam success with this Cert Guide from Pearson IT Certification, a leader in IT certification.

  • Master MCSA 70-687 exam topics for Windows 8.1 configuration
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-ending quizzes
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks

MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configuring Microsoft® Windows 8.1 is a best-of-breed exam study guide. Best-selling authors and expert instructors Don Poulton, Randy Bellet, and Harry Holt share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.


The book presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly. Review questions help you assess your knowledge, and a final preparation chapter guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan.


Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.


The study guide helps you master all the topics on the MCSA 70-687 exam, including the following:

  • Windows 8.1 introduction
  • Hardware readiness and compatibility
  • Installation and upgrades, including VHDs
  • Migrating users, profiles, and applications
  • Configuring devices and device drivers
  • Installing, configuring, and securing applications
  • Configuring Internet Explorer
  • Configuring Hyper-V virtualization
  • Configuring TCP/IP, network settings, and network security
  • Configuring and securing access to files and folders, including OneDrive and NFC
  • Configuring local security, authentication, and authorization
  • Configuring remote connections and management
  • Configuring and securing mobile devices
  • Configuring Windows Updates
  • Managing disks, backups, and system/file recovery
  • Managing/monitoring system performance


Table of contents

Introduction xviii


Chapter 1 Introducing Windows 8.1 2

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3

Foundation Topics 7

Leading Up to Windows 8.1 7

    Windows 8.1 8

    Windows 8.1 Editions 9

New Features of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 12

    Productivity Improvements 12

    Security Improvements 15

A Quick Tour of Windows 8.1 18

    Windows 8.1 Search 20

    Configuring the Windows 8.1 Taskbar 23

        Taskbar Properties 24

        Navigation Properties 25

        Jump Lists Properties 27

        Toolbars 27

    Windows 8.1 Apps 28

    Libraries 29

    Windows 8.1 Settings 30

        PC and Devices 31

        Accounts 34

        OneDrive 36

        Search and Apps 37

        Privacy 39

        Network 40

        Time and Language 42

        Ease of Access 42

        Update and Recovery 44

    Administrative Tools 45

    Control Panel 46

        System and Security 47

        Network and Internet 49

        Hardware and Sound 50

        Programs 52

        User Accounts and Family Safety 53

        Appearance and Personalization 54

        Displaying File Extensions 55

        Clock, Language, and Region 55

        Ease of Access 55

    The Computer Management Snap-in 55

Evaluating Hardware Readiness and Compatibility 57

    Windows 8.1 Hardware Requirements (Including Screen Resolution) 57

    Hardware Compatibility 58

    Using 32-Bit or 64-Bit Windows 59

    Choosing Between an Upgrade and a Clean Installation 60

    Software Compatibility 63

    Determining Which SKU to Install 65

    Determining Requirements for Windows Features 65

Exam Preparation Tasks 66

    Review All the Key Topics 66

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 67

    Definitions of Key Terms 67


Chapter 2 Installing Windows 8.1 68

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 69

Foundation Topics 75

    Performing a Clean Installation 75

        Performing an Attended Installation 75

        Performing an Unattended Installation of Windows 8.1 81

        Dual-Booting Windows 8.1 90

        Refreshing Windows 8.1 92

        Troubleshooting Failed Installations 92

    Upgrading to Windows 8.1 from a Previous Version of Windows 95

        Preparing a Computer to Meet Upgrade Requirements 97

        Upgrading the Computer to Windows 8.1 97

        Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 99

    Upgrading from One Edition of Windows 8.1 to Another 100

    Installing as Windows To Go 102

        Preparing USB Drives for Windows To Go 103

        Using Windows To Go on a Host Computer 107

    Using a VHD 108

        Understanding VHDs 109

        Types of Virtual Hard Disks 109

        Tools Used with Virtual Hard Disks 110

        Configuring a VHD for Native Boot 111

        Installing Windows 8.1 to a VHD 114

        Booting VHDs 118

    Installing Additional Windows Features 120

        Client Hyper-V 121

        Miracast Display 122

        Pervasive Device Encryption 123

        Virtual Smart Cards 123

        Secure Boot 124

    Configuring Windows for Additional Languages 124

Exam Preparation Tasks 126

    Review All the Key Topics 126

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 128

    Definitions of Key Terms 128


Chapter 3 Migrating Users and Applications to Windows 8.1 130

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 131

Foundation Topics 135

    Migrating Users and Their Profiles 135

        User State Migration Tool 135

        Windows Easy Transfer 142

    Configuring Folder Redirection 147

        Benefits of Folder Redirection 147

        Redirecting Library Folders 148

        Implementing Domain-Based Folder Redirection 150

    Configuring Profiles 154

        Implementing Roaming Profiles 158

        Establishing Mandatory Profiles 161

        User Profiles and Operating System Versions 162

Exam Preparation Tasks 163

    Review All the Key Topics 163

    Definitions of Key Terms 163


Chapter 4 Configuring Devices and Device Drivers 164

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 165

Foundation Topics 169

    Installing and Configuring Device Drivers 169

        Device Setup 170

        Device Stage 171

        Updating Drivers 174

        Using Device Manager 175

    Maintaining Device Drivers 179

        Managing and Troubleshooting Drivers and Driver Signing 180

        Managing Driver Packages 183

    Resolving Driver Issues 185

        Using Device Manager to Resolve Driver Conflicts 185

        Using Windows 8.1 Rollback to Resolve a Problem Driver 189

    Configuring Driver Settings 191

        Driver Verifier 191

        Configuring Driver Settings 193

        Advanced Driver Settings 194

Exam Preparation Tasks 196

    Review All the Key Topics 196

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 197

    Definitions of Key Terms 197


Chapter 5 Installing, Configuring, and Securing Applications in Windows 8.1 198

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 199

Foundation Topics 203

    Installing and Configuring Desktop Applications 203

        Configuring Application Compatibility Mode 203

        Using the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 205

        Using Windows Installer 207

        Configuring File Associations and Default Program Settings 213

        Managing App-V Applications 220

    Using Windows Store Applications 225

        Introduction to Windows Store Apps 225

        Installing and Updating Windows Store Apps 226

        Managing Windows Store Content 228

    Configuring Application and Hardware Restrictions 230

        Setting Software Restriction Policies 231

        Application Control Policies 236

        Configuring Assigned Access 245

Exam Preparation Tasks 246

    Review All the Key Topics 246

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 247

    Definitions of Key Terms 247


Chapter 6 Configuring Internet Explorer 248

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 249

Foundation Topics 253

    Configuring Internet Explorer 11 and Internet Explorer for the Desktop 253

        Internet Explorer Interfaces 255

    Configuring Compatibility View 256

        Deleting Browsing History 257

        Using Group Policy to Configure Compatibility View 258

    Configuring Security Settings 260

        Configuring Internet Explorer Security Zones 261

        Configuring Protected Mode in Internet Explorer 263

        Configuring the SmartScreen Filter 263

        Privacy Tab Settings 266

        Content Tab Settings 269

        Advanced Tab Settings 269

    Managing Add-ons 271

        Configuring Providers 273

        Using Accelerators 275

        Using InPrivate Browsing Mode 275

    Configuring WebSockets 277

        Configuring WebSockets in Windows 8.1 279

        Using Group Policy to Configure WebSockets 280

    Configuring Download Manager 280

        Working with Download Manager 281

        Using Group Policy to Configure Download Manager 284

Exam Preparation Tasks 284

    Review All the Key Topics 284

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 285

    Definitions of Key Terms 285


Chapter 7 Configuring Hyper-V 286

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 288

Foundation Topics 292

    Understanding VHDs 292

        Creating and Configuring VHDs 292

        Mounting VHDs 296

    Creating Virtual Machines 297

        Enabling Client Hyper-V in Windows 8.1 298

        Deploying Virtual Machines 311

        Using Virtual Machine Checkpoints 315

    Creating and Configuring Virtual Switches 318

        Using an External Virtual Switch 321

        Using Internal Virtual Switches 322

        Using Private Virtual Switches 323

        Connecting Virtual Machines 323

Exam Preparation Tasks 325

    Review All the Key Topics 325

    Definitions of Key Terms 325


Chapter 8 Configuring TCP/IP Settings 326

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 327

Foundation Topics 332

    Understanding the TCP/IP Protocol Suite 332

        Configuring TCP/IP Version 4 334

        Configuring TCP/IP Version 6 339

        Dynamic IP Addressing 343

    Connecting to Wired Networks 344

        The Network and Sharing Center 344

        Using the Network and Sharing Center to Set Up a TCP/IPv4 Connection 346

        Implementing APIPA 350

        Connecting to a TCP/IP Version 6 Network 351

    Configuring Name Resolution 354

        Configuring TCP/IPv6 Name Resolution 356

        Disabling IPv6 357

    Configuring Network Locations 357

        Setting Up New Network Connections 358

        Connecting to Existing Networks 359

        Setting Up Network Sharing and Discovery 359

        Using Internet Connection Sharing to Share Your Internet Connection 361

    Resolving Connectivity Issues 365

        Windows 8.1 Network Diagnostics Tools 365

        Using TCP/IP Utilities to Troubleshoot TCP/IP 367

        Troubleshooting IPv4 and IPv6 Problems 372

Exam Preparation Tasks 376

    Review All the Key Topics 376

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 377

    Definitions of Key Terms 377


Chapter 9 Configuring Networking Settings 378

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 379

Foundation Topics 384

    Connecting to Wireless Networks 384

        Wireless Networking Protocols 385

        Setting Up a Wireless Network Connection 386

        Managing Wireless Network Connections 389

    Managing Preferred Wireless Networks 392

        Wireless Network Profiles 393

    Configuring Network Adapters 396

        Troubleshooting Network Adapter Issues 398

    Configuring Location Aware Printing 401

Exam Preparation Tasks 403

    Review All the Key Topics 403

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 403

    Definitions of Key Terms 403


Chapter 10 Configuring and Maintaining Network Security 404

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 405

Foundation Topics 410

    Configuring Windows Firewall 410

        Basic Windows Firewall Configuration 411

    Configuring Windows Firewall with Advanced Security 416

        Configuring Multiple Firewall Profiles 418

        Configuring New Firewall Rules 420

        Configuring New Connection Security Rules 424

        Modifying Rule Properties 426

        Configuring Notifications 427

        Group Policy and Windows Firewall 428

    Configuring Authenticated Exceptions 430

    Configuring Network Discovery 432

    Managing Wireless Security 435

Exam Preparation Tasks 438

    Review All the Key Topics 438

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 439

    Definitions of Key Terms 439


Chapter 11 Configuring and Securing Access to Files and Folders 440

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 442

Foundation Topics 449

    Configuring Shared Folder Permissions 449

    Using the Network and Sharing Center to Configure File Sharing 449

    Sharing Files, Folders, and Printers 450

        Modifying Shared Folder Properties 452

        Use of the Public Folder for Sharing Files 457

        Mapping a Drive 457

        Command-Line Administration of Shared Folders 458

        Password-Protected Sharing 459

        Media Streaming 459

    Configuring Homegroup Settings 460

        Creating a Homegroup 460

        Joining a Homegroup 462

        Modifying Homegroup Settings 463

Configuring NTFS Permissions 464

    NTFS File and Folder Permissions 465

        Applying NTFS Permissions 466

        Specifying Advanced Permissions 468

        NTFS Permissions Inheritance 472

        Taking Ownership of Files and Folders 474

    Effective Permissions 474

        Viewing a User’s Effective Permissions 475

    Copying and Moving Files and Folders 476

        Copying Files and Folders with NTFS Permissions 476

        Moving Files and Folders with NTFS Permissions 477

        Using the Mouse to Copy or Move Objects from One Location to Another 478

    Practical Guidelines on Sharing and Securing Folders 478

Configuring Data Encryption 479

    Encrypting File System Basics 480

    Preparing a Disk for EFS 482

    Encrypting Files 483

    Backing Up EFS Keys 484

    Decrypting Files 485

    EFS Recovery Agents 486

Configuring File Libraries 487

Configuring OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) 492

    OneDrive app 493

    OneDrive Desktop 496

    OneDrive Settings 497

        File Storage 497

        Camera Roll 498

        Sync Settings 498

        Metered Connections 499

Configuring Near Field Communication 500

Configuring Disk Quotas 502

    Some Guidelines for Using Quotas 505

Configuring Object Access Auditing 506

    Enabling Object Access Auditing 506

    Specifying Objects to Be Audited 508

Exam Preparation Tasks 510

    Review All the Key Topics 510

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 511

    Definitions of Key Terms 511


Chapter 12 Configuring Local Security Settings 512

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 513

Foundation Topics 518

    Configuring Local Security Policy 518

    Configuring Account Policies 519

        Password Policies 520

        Account Lockout 521

        Unlocking an Account 523

    Configuring Local Policies 523

        Audit Policies 523

        Security Options 526

Configuring User Account Control 528

    Features of User Account Control 529

        Application Prompts 532

    Running Programs with Elevated Privileges 534

    User Account Control Options 535

    User Account Control Policies 537

Configuring Secure Boot 541

    Enabling UEFI Secure Boot 542

    UEFI Partition Requirements 544

Using SmartScreen Filters 545

Exam Preparation Tasks 548

    Review All the Key Topics 548

    Definitions of Key Terms 549


Chapter 13 Configuring Authentication and Authorization 550

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 552

Foundation Topics 557

Controlling Windows Logon 557

    Windows 8.1 Lock Screen and Logon Prompts 557

    Configure Picture Password 559

Managing Credentials 563

    Adding, Editing, and Removing Credentials in Credential Manager 565

    Windows Credentials Backup and Restore 567

    Web Credentials 568

Managing Certificates 569

    Requesting Certificates 572

Configuring Smart Cards and PINs 574

    Virtual Smart Cards 575

    Smart Card Group Policies 577

    Configuring Biometrics 578

        Biometric Devices 578

        Group Policies for Biometrics 579

    Configuring PINs 579

        Managing the Use of PINs 581

Configuring User Rights 581

    Managing Local Accounts and Groups 581

    Controlling User Rights 584

Setting Up and Configuring a Microsoft Account 585

    Signing In Using a Microsoft Account 585

        Domain Accounts 587

    Managing the Use of a Microsoft Account 588

Exam Preparation Tasks 589

    Review All the Key Topics 589

    Definitions of Key Terms 589


Chapter 14 Configuring Remote Management and Remote Connections 590

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 591

Foundation Topics 596

Configuring Remote Authentication 596

    Remote Authentication Planning 596

        Remote Access Authentication Protocols 597

    NTLM and Kerberos Authentication 599

    Remote Authentication Group Policies 600

Configuring Remote Assistance and Easy Connect 601

    Configuring Remote Assistance 602

    Configuring and Using Easy Connect 608

Configuring Remote Desktop and Remote Management Settings 609

    Remote Desktop 609

        Establishing a Remote Desktop Connection with Another Computer 610

        Configuring the Server Side of Remote Desktop 612

        Selecting a Nondefault Port 613

    Using Windows Remote Management Service 614

        Using Windows Remote Shell 616

Using Windows PowerShell and MMCs for Remote Management 616

    PowerShell and PowerShell ISE 617

    PowerShell Remoting 620

    Using MMC Snap-ins for Remote Management 623

Configuring VPN Authentication and Settings 624

    Understanding Remote Access 625

    Establishing VPN Connections and Authentication 626

    VPN Connection Security 630

    Enabling VPN Reconnect 631

Managing Broadband Connections 632

    RD Gateway and DirectAccess 632

        RD Gateway 633

        RD Gateway Policies 635

        DirectAccess 635

Exam Preparation Tasks 637

    Review All the Key Topics 637

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 638

    Definitions of Key Terms 638


Chapter 15 Configuring and Securing Mobile Devices 640

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 641

Foundation Topics 646

Configuring Offline File Policies 646

    Client Computer Configuration 646

    Server Configuration 649

    Use of the Sync Center 650

    Offline File Policies 653

    Using the Always Offline Mode 655

    Configuring Transparent Caching of Offline Files 657

Configuring Power Policies 658

    Configuring Power Options 659

        Power Plans 660

        Additional Power Plan Options 661

        Advanced Power Settings 663

    Battery Meter 665

    Power Management and Group Policy 667

    Windows Mobility Center 668

Configuring Wi-Fi Direct 670

Configuring BitLocker and BitLocker To Go 671

    BitLocker Drive Encryption 672

        Enabling BitLocker 674

        Managing BitLocker 677

    BitLocker To Go 678

    BitLocker Policies 680

        Operating System Drives 680

        Fixed Data Drive Policies 682

    Use of Data Recovery Agents 683

Configuring Startup Key Storage 687

    Preparing a Computer Without a TPM to Use BitLocker 687

    Syskey Startup Keys 690

    Configuring Remote Wipe 692

        Device Management with Windows Intune 693

Configuring Location Settings 694

    Configuring System Location 695

    Configuring Windows App Location Settings 696

    Location Settings Group Policies 697

Exam Preparation Tasks 698

    Review All the Key Topics 698

    Definitions of Key Terms 699


Chapter 16 Configuring Windows Update 700

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 701

Foundation Topics 704

Configuring Updates to Windows 8.1 704

    Configuring Windows Update Settings 705

    Checking for New Updates 709

    Using a WSUS Server with Windows 8.1 710

Configuring Windows Update Policies 710

Reviewing Update History and Rolling Back Updates 714

Updating Windows Store Applications 715

    Other Tools for Managing Windows App Updates 718

Exam Preparation Tasks 720

    Review All the Key Topics 720


Chapter 17 Disk Management 722

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 723

Foundation Topics 728

Managing Disks and Volumes 728

    Basic and Dynamic Disks 729

        Working with Basic Disks 731

        Converting Basic Disks to Dynamic 736

        Working with Dynamic Disks 737

    Troubleshooting Disk Problems 739

    RAID Volumes 741

        Creating a RAID-0 Volume 742

        Creating a Spanned Volume 744

        Creating a Mirrored Volume 744

        Creating a RAID-5 Volume 745

        Using DiskPart to Create Striped, Mirrored, and RAID-5 Volumes 745

        Managing and Troubleshooting RAID Volumes 746

Managing File System Fragmentation 747

    Optimizing Drives 747

    The Defrag.exe Command-Line Tool 750

    Error Checking 751

Managing Storage Spaces 751

    Creating a Storage Space 752

    Managing Storage Pools and Storage Spaces 754

    Managing Storage Spaces with PowerShell 757

Exam Preparation Tasks 758

    Review All the Key Topics 758

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 759

    Definitions of Key Terms 759


Chapter 18 Managing and Monitoring System Performance 760

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 761

Foundation Topics 766

Configuring and Working with Event Logs 766

    Viewing Logs in Event Viewer 767

    Customizing Event Viewer 769

    Creating Tasks from Events 770

    Using Event Log Subscriptions 771

        Configuring Computers to Forward and Collect Events 771

        Configuring Event Log Subscriptions 772

Managing and Optimizing Computer Performance 775

    Reliability Monitor 775

    Resource Monitor 777

        CPU Tab 779

        Memory Tab 779

        Disk Tab 779

        Network Tab 780

    Performance Monitor 780

    Data Collector Sets 784

        Creating Data Collector Sets 784

        Using Performance Monitor to Create a Data Collector Set 788

    Optimizing and Troubleshooting Memory Performance 789

    Optimizing and Troubleshooting Processor Utilization 792

    Optimizing and Troubleshooting Disk Performance 792

    Command-Line Utilities 794

Configuring Task Manager 794

Configuring Additional Performance Settings 798

    System Configuration Utility 799

        General Tab 799

        Boot Tab 800

        Services Tab 800

        Startup Tab 801

        Tools Tab 801

    Action Center 802

    Configuring Services and Programs to Resolve Performance Issues 803

Configuring Indexing Options 805

Exam Preparation Tasks 808

    Review All the Key Topics 808

    Complete the Tables and Lists from Memory 809

    Definition of Key Terms 809


Chapter 19 Configuring System Recovery Options 810

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 811

Foundation Topics 815

Creating a USB Recovery Drive 815

Performing System Restore 817

Rolling Back Drivers 821

Performing a Push-Button Reset 822

    Refreshing Your Computer 823

    Resetting Your Computer to Original Installation Condition 827

    Advanced Startup Options 830

        Performing a System Image Recovery 833

    Using the USB Recovery Drive 836

Configuring Restore Points 837

Exam Preparation Tasks 840

    Review All the Key Topics 840

    Definitions of Key Terms 840

Chapter 20 Configuring File Recovery 842

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 843

Foundation Topics 846

Using File History to Protect Your Data 846

    Setting Up File History 847

    Adding Additional Folders to File History 851

    Creating a System Image 852

    Using Wbadmin to Back Up Data 854

Restoring Previous Versions of Files and Folders 855

    Using File History to Restore Damaged or Deleted Files 856

    Using Wbadmin to Recover Data 858

Recovering Files from OneDrive 859

    OneDrive and the Recycle Bin 859

    OneDrive Version History 861

Exam Preparation Tasks 863

    Review All the Key Topics 863

    Definitions of Key Terms 863


Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already? Quizzes 864


Glossary 900


Index 922


On The CD:

Appendix B Memory Tables

Appendix C Memory Tables Answer Key

Practice Exam 1

Answers to Practice Exam 1

Practice Exam 2

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