Chapter 12 - Advanced Operating Systems


The installation, configuration, and optimization of operating systems are examined in greater detail in this chapter.

Various brands of operating systems are available on the market today, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, UNIX, and Linux. A technician must consider the current computer system when selecting an operating system. Additionally, there are several versions or distributions of an operating system. Some versions of Microsoft Windows include Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Media Center, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Business, and Windows Vista Premium.

Each of these operating systems offers many of the same features with a similar interface. However, some functions necessary for specific customer needs may not be available in all of them. You must be able to compare and contrast operating systems to find the best one based on your customer's needs.

After completing this chapter, you will meet these objectives:

  • Select the appropriate operating system based on customer needs.
  • Install, configure, and optimize an operating system.
  • Describe how to upgrade operating systems.
  • Describe preventive maintenance procedures for operating systems.
  • Troubleshoot operating systems.



Additional Resources




History of Operating Systems (infographic - very good!)


Google Chrome OS


Describe 5 new features that Chrome OS offers.

How can Chrome OS be best used? What type of user are they looking for?


List in a Word document along with the Windows 8 questions and place in the hand-in folder.




Windows 8

Describe, 10 new features that Windows 8 offers

Do you think it will be succesful? What are 3 pro's and 3 con's to upgrading to Windows 8 now?

List in a word document along with the Chrome OS questions and place in hand-in folder



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