Microsoft Exam 70-270 Windows XP Installation Tutorial

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1. John is planning to upgrade his existing Win98 system to WinXP. He is not too sure if his system can be upgraded smoothly. He does not know the components used in this computer. To spare himself unnecessary headaches, what should he do?
*A. Run the command \i386\winnt32 -checkupgradeonly
B. Run the command \i386\winnt -checkupgrade
C. Contact Microsoft for a customized HCL
D. Run the command \i386\winnt32 -upgrade
E. No Answer is Correct

Explanation: You may run the Windows XP Upgrade Advisor before installing Windows XP on a system on which a previous version of Windows is already installed. You can start this directly from the menu that appears when you insert the Windows XP CD or when running the command: d:\i386\winnt32 -checkupgradeonly at any command prompt. This will replace D with the correct drive letter.


2. John is planning to upgrade his existing Win98 system to WinXP. He wants to sure that after the upgrade there is NO need for him to additionally install a series of updates. What should he do?
A. Download the service packs and include them in the same CD, under \sp
*B. Make sure an Internet connection is ready
*C. Request the installation utility to retrieve dynamic updates

D. Download the service packs and include them in a separate CD, under \i386
E. No Answer is Correct

Explanation: When upgrading over an existing Windows version, Setup checks for dynamic updates. Dynamic updates include service packs, updated drivers for hardware detected on your system, and upgrade packs for programs you are currently running. This requires Internet connection to work though.

3. John is planning to upgrade his existing Win98 system to WinXP. He is not too sure if his system can be upgraded smoothly. His system has a 166MHZ processor, 128M RAM, 1.GB hard disk and a 4M SVGA adaptor. For a successful upgrade, he will have to replace or strengthen which hardware components?
A. RAM
B. Nothing has to be replaced
*C. Processor
D. Display Adaptor
*E. Hard disk

Explanation: You must check to confirm that your hardware satisfies the system requirements. Microsoft says the bare minimum configuration includes a 233 MHz processor; 64 MB of RAM; 1.5 GB of spare disk space; and a video adapter capable of Super VGA (800x600) resolution. The recommended configuration is at least a 300 MHz CPU with 128 MB of RAM.

4. You will be installing WinXP on a computer you purchased one year ago. This computer has 256M RAM and 9GB of disk space. Five users will be sharing this computer. All of them use graphic intensive software. You need to ensure optimal performance and efficient user switching. Which of the following is a correct guideline to follow?
A. Make sure you have a 500mhz+ CPU
B. Add an additional 100MHZ for each user
*C. Add an additional 64M of RAM for each user
D. Consider deploying a RAID 5 disk subsystem
E. Consider installing an OPENGL compatible video adaptor

Explanation: Most of the time the speed of the CPU is probably the least critical element of an XP system. More memory will do much more to keep a system running smoothly, especially with multiple applications and multiple users. Plan to have at least 64 MB for each additional user. 128MB on a single user system is the minimum recommended setup.

5. You will be installing WinXP on a Compaq computer you purchased one month ago. What are the available forms of WinXP Pro installation for this computer?
*A. Clean install
B. Remote install
*C. Side by side
D. Diskless install
*E. Upgrade over

Explanation: A clean install ensures that you are wiping out all traces of any previous Windows problems caused by installing and uninstalling programs, downloading Web-based components, and over-tweaking the computer's settings. Therefore, you will have a clean registry and a solid base of Windows system files to start with. Upgrade over or side-by-side are valid forms of upgrade, although in the real world we see many problems encountered during such upgrades.

6. Which of the following stages will be skipped if you boot your system using the WinXP installation CD for installation?
*A. File copy
B. Text mode setup
C. GUI mode setup
D. Windows Welcome
E. Reboot

Explanation: A clean setup consists of several distinct steps. Of these steps, at the File copy step the installer copies the Windows Setup files to a folder on the partition where they can run when you restart the system. If you boot from CD, Setup skips this step and loads the files directly from the CD.

7. When installing WinXP, at which stage will you create the partition you want to use for the Windows XP system files?
A. File copy
*B. Text mode setup
C. Windows Welcome
D. GUI mode setup
E. Reboot

Explanation: A clean setup consists of several distinct steps. Of these steps, you need have experienced the Text mode setup when you select, create and format the partition you want to use for the Windows XP system files.

8. When installing WinXP, at which stage will you activate the operating system?
A. File copy
B. System Restart
C. GUI mode setup
*D. Windows Welcome
E. Text mode setup

Explanation: Windows Welcome is the final portion of Setup, where you have the option to create user accounts and activate Windows. You can modify these options with OEM builders to add their own logos, custom registration screens, and additional options or features.


9. As a system integrator, at which stage will you incorporate your custom registration process during WinXP installation?
A. File copy
B. Text mode setup
*C. Windows Welcome
D. GUI mode setup
E. Reboot

Explanation: OEM System manufacturers can modify options to add their own logos, custom registration screens, and additional options or features. This is often being referred to as Out Of Box Experience, or OOBE - the experience you have when you take a new computer out of the box and set it up for the first time.

10. You want to install WinXP on a legacy PC. This PC is equipped with enough RAM and hard drive space. However, it does not have a floppy drive. How do you ensure that a bootable CD will work properly?
A. Load smartdrv before booting
B. Disable BIOS virus scanning
C. Enable BIOS ROM cacheable
*D. Set the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD drive is the first boot device
E. Set the boot order in the BIOS so that the hard drive is the first boot device

Explanation: For a bootable CD to work, you must set the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD drive is the first boot device, followed by the hard disk, floppy disk, and any other bootable devices, in whichever order you prefer. The boot options available for every computer are different. Refer to the system manual for instructions on how to access the BIOS setup program.

Deborah Timmons is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. She came into the Microsoft technical field after six years in the adaptive technology field, providing technology and training for persons with disabilities. She is the President and co-owner of Integrator Systems Inc.

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