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CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition (Exams 220-801 & 220-802) [Hardcover]

Michael Meyers
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August 1, 2012 007179512X 978-0071795128 8

The bestselling CompTIA A+ reference and test preparation guide--fully revised for the new 2012 exam topics

Written by the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, the new edition of this trusted resource offers complete, up-to-date coverage of CompTIA A+ exams 220-801 and 220-802. You’ll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Prepare for the exams with confidence! McGraw-Hill is a Gold-Level CompTIA Authorized Partner offering Authorized CompTIA Approved Quality Content to give you the competitive edge on exam day. This comprehensive guide also serves as an essential on-the-job reference after certification.

Covers all exam objectives, including how to:

  • Work with CPUs, RAM, BIOS settings, motherboards, power supplies, and other PC components
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot hard drives
  • Manage input devices and removable media
  • Install, upgrade, and troubleshoot Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  • Troubleshoot all common PC problems
  • Install video and multimedia cards
  • Work with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices
  • Install and configure wired and wireless networks
  • Connect to the Internet
  • Protect your PC and your network
  • Install, configure, and manage printers
  • Work with virtualization technologies
  • Understand safety and environmental issues

Electronic content includes:

  • Practice exams for 801 & 802 with hundreds of questions
  • More than one hour of free video training from Mike Meyers
  • A collection of Mike’s latest favorite shareware and freeware PC tools and utilities
  • Adobe Digital Edition eBook—free download (subject to Adobe's system requirements)

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CompTIA A+ Certification
All-in-One Exam Guide
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Brief Description
Now in its eighth edition, Mike Meyers' bestselling guide covers both the new exams (220-801 & 220-802) in one essential test prep volume.
An indispensable resource, including practice exams on CD-ROM, now updated in its eighth edition for the new exams (220-801 & 220-802).
A one-stop, self-study resource, including the CompTIA A+ Certification Study Guide, Eighth Edition and CompTIA A+ Certification Practice Exams, Second Edition plus bonus CD-ROM content.
Focuses on precisely what you need to know to pass the new 220-801 & 220-802 exams, with easy-to-use tools to help you remember the concepts.
 

About the Author

Mike Meyers, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, MCP, is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and the bestselling author of seven editions of CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He is the president of founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a major provider of PC and network repair seminars for thousands of organizations throughout the world, and a member of CompTIA.


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  • Series: All-in-One
  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 8 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007179512X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071795128
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something here for everyone August 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I may not represent the "typical" target for this book as I purchased it strictly to review CompTIA's Windows troubleshooting protocols; I'm sure my mindset of "let's nuke the entire site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure" when a computer encounters any moderately complex problem is probably not the most conventional (at my job I've found it more practical to keep a backup image on the network). Despite that, I've ended up reading it (mostly) cover to cover; no small feat considering it clocks in at 1150+ pages, and I think I've walked away with more than I expected.

Mike Meyers takes a "let's start at the bottom" approach that I find ideal since I think it's easier to understand a complex subject when I get the building blocks first. I'd say the first quarter to third of the book is focused on the overview of the PC, its basic technology, and the evolution that brought us to the present day. Every chapter begins with a section titled "Historical/Conceptual" in which he will review the basic concepts of how the technology works, then become more concrete. For example, over the course of a few chapters the book covers the basis of computer language (the binary system) and how the processor physically communicates with the rest of the computer. He then applies this to describe the Intel 8088 processor, an old and very influential design, then explains how that design evolved over time to incorporate new innovations and discoveries to bring the reader to the present day's Intel Core series. The middle of the book moves into bringing the fundamentals together, and towards the end circles back to advanced/esoteric hardware implementation and networking.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passed A+ Exams 220-801 and 220-802 December 12, 2012
By Aglio
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A couple of months ago, I decided to take the steps necessary to become A+ certified. Since I already had good hands on experience, I knew that I didn't want to pay an outrageous price for a class. So, I opted for home study based on the good reviews I'd read that were posted on earlier Mike Meyer's books. I bought his latest A+ exam guide to prepare for tests 220-801 and 220-802. Using this book, I was able to pass both tests, just barely.

Do I blame the book ? Nope. In fact the book is quite good. Yes, it's a back breaking 1400+ pages. But it does a very thorough job explaining the basics of what a PC Technician might encounter in their first 1-3 years on the job. Mike Meyer's wrote the book based on the current Comp TIA A+ exam objectives. So, don't be surprized if certain topics do seem to have better explanations in the previous edition. The new edition is all about presenting the current exam objectives which emphasize topics like portable computers, smart phones, networking and security.

The problem with working with computers is that the hardware and software are constantly changing. In order to keep up with the Joneses, a technician has to know a lot of small details. And that's what the Comp TIA A+ exams test you on i.e. your knowledge of those really small details. Mike Meyer's made sure that no detail was too small to be ignored from those objectives. Read and study the exam tips. They are great bullet points.

The book does cover all the objectives set out by Comp TIA. Here's the catch 22, because all the A+ prep books were written before the new tests even went live, there just are not enough "free" supplemental materials posted on the internet that a person can use to help them study. The exams are just too new.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT STUDY HELPER!!!!!!!!!! April 22, 2013
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First off I have never reviewed anything I have ever purchased. This will be the first time and I have made hundreds if not thousands of purchases online. So that has to count for something. If I am taking the time too.

This is the real deal here. The book was about $40 at the time I picked it up. My tip take the CD and install the practice trial test. Take the first one right off the bat and see what you score. Now the trial says you need an 85% to pass I had an 80%. The real test you need a 70%. I believe this extra 15% is to give you lean way for passing. This is a great technique to use for studying.

Second I read the book cover to cover. Taking the chapter review test without cheating. I answered them on paper and then went to answers. The answers provide a breakdown as to why the answers are right and not right. Which helps a lot. Again this will only be good if you are honest and don't cheat. This is a really easy book to read. Very well written and with humor involved. It's far from dry and I have read some bad ones. I read it cover to cover in a weekend. There are a lot of pictures which make the 400ish pgs go by super fast.

Lastly after all the chapters are read and tests done. Take the 2nd practice exam it has different questions and see how you score.I hit a 95% on that one. After the book. I also went to comptia.org and asked for some practice questions. I aced those and figured it was time for the real test. I just took it today and got a 97% It was pain free and easy to do. You could probably wing a 70% if you are familiar with IT World. However at roughly 100 bucks for the test would you rather spend $140 and pass or risk losing $100 instead if you fail.

Some believe this test to be completely pointless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect guide to taking the A+
Published 1 day ago by Jen Giresi
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!!
Book came in excellent condition. Been reading it since. Learned a lot already. Can't wait to take the test and start my awesome future!!!
Published 2 days ago by Pirate Computer Repair
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written.
Michael Meyers does a fantastic job. Easy to read and understand. It also comes with a CD that has the book in PDF form. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Daniel Arthur Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is everything that I expected and more
Published 13 days ago by joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
It is perfect for me to study on my own. It makes it easy and the CD's inside are very useful too.
Published 18 days ago by sarai
4.0 out of 5 stars makes a great paper weight
Never read it. Left IT field so I can pursue a more lucrative career doing less work for more money
Published 21 days ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
This book was and is a source of review and help in my current work field. I use it in referencing things I might not remember plus I used it to prepare for my certifications.
Published 24 days ago by Clarence D. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
If your a complete Noob to the IT/PC scene this book is a perfect starting point for you. Very detailed. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Brad
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful study tool
This book/cd covers basically everything on the exams. The review questions in the book and cd are not the best and I would recommend looking online for actual exam questions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rushdi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book. Well worth the price.
This is my second book in the All-In-One series and the format is very in-depth and likable. I passed the CISSP exam using that book and this follows the same format. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hank Fly
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This is now a year old... is it still relevant and the most up to date one?
the series 700 were the old ones and the new ones are the 800 series (801/802) which this one is.
Jan 15, 2014 by Austin |  See all 2 posts
Will this new edition be an adequate substitute for the previous edition?
I'm not sure, I have the same question
Sep 24, 2012 by bsyl818 |  See all 2 posts
CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition, on time?
It better ship I need to study it and I ordered it....I want a refund if it doesn't.
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