Acquiring Valuable Skills through 98-349, Windows Operating System Fundamentals Exam

This exam targets Home PC users, those in academic, intelligence workers, IT professionals and developers.
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Exam Outline
This exam measures your ability to gain the technical tasks listed below.

Understanding operating system configurations
Windows Operating Systems Overview
* Discovering the History of Windows
* Understanding the OS Architecture
* Identifying Windows Interfaces
Installing Windows
* Exploring OS Editions
* Planning Clean Installs vs. Upgrades
* Understanding Installation Types
* Using Virtualized Installations
Managing the Desktop
* Understanding Desktop Features
* Working with Gadgets
* Changing Display Settings
* Creating Shortcuts
* Configuring the Aero Interface
Using Native Applications
* Using the Usual Tools
* Working with Internet Explorer
* Creating Screenshots
* Using Media Applications
* Viewing Configuration Settings
Managing with the Control Panel
* Understanding Applets
* Configuring Administrative Tools
* Configuring Accessibility
* Using Important Applets
Mobility and Remote Management
* Understanding Mobility
* Using Sequestered Desktop
* Using Remote Assistance
* Understanding the MMC
* Working with Windows PowerShell
Managing Applications
* Planning for Local and Network Applications
* Installing, Configuring, and Removing Applications
* Using Group Policy for Application Control
* Understanding Application Virtualization
* The Difference between Services and Standard Applications
Controlling Malware
* Understanding Malware Types
* Planning for Malware Protection
* Understanding Microsoft Protection Methods

File Management
* Understanding File systems
* Working with Encryption
* Using Libraries
Network Shares
* Planning for Archives Sharing
* Creating File Shares
* Understanding NTFS and Participate Permissions
* Sharing Printers
Device Management
* Understanding Device Drivers
* Exploring Plug-and-Play Operations
* Connecting and Managing Devices
* Printers
* System Devices
Storage Management
* Data Storage Concepts
* Understanding RAID
* Identifying Storage Technologies
* Understanding Disk Types
* Using Online Storage
Windows Troubleshooting
* Troubleshooting Processes
* Using Disk Defragmenter
* Performing a Disk Cleanup
* Scheduling Tasks
* Accessing Additional Troubleshooting Tools
Backup and Recovery
* Planning for Backups
* Testing Recovery Processes
* Working with System Restore
* Selecting Third-Party Backup Software
* Using Rally Boot Options

Windows Update
* Understanding Hotfixes and Service Packs
* Planning for Windows Update and Microsoft Update

Prerequisites and Exam Preparation
It is recommended that candidates be familiar with the concept in a Windows 7 environment.
Candidates can prepare for the exam by attending instructor-led training courses, which are:

 40033A: Windows Operating System and Windows Server Fundamentals
 40349A: Windows Operating Process Fundamentals
Or they can take repeat test which are available at MeasureUp.

Further specs of the exam
The exam was published in April 2011 and it is available only English language. The cost of the exam is US $ 80. There are approximately 40 to 50 multiple choice questions in the exam. The passing accomplish required is 70%. Candidates jug schedule their exam at Certiport or Prometric website.