Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System (M5115)

In this three-day instructor-led course, students will gain the knowledge and skills to install and configure Windows Vista desktops, focusing on four main areas: installing, securing, networking, and browsing. By the end of the course, students will have installed and configured a Windows Vista desktop that is secure, on the network, and ready for browsing.

This is the first course in the Windows Vista curriculum and serves as the entry point for other Windows Vista Technology Specialist courses. This course incorporates materials from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 5115: Installing and Configuring the Windows Vista Operating System.

What You'll Learn

  • Install Windows Vista
  • Upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
  • Configure post-installation system settings
  • Configure basic networking
  • Configure advanced networking
  • Configure user account security
  • Configure network security
  • Configure Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0

Who Needs to Attend

IT professionals wishing to become technology specialists. A Windows Vista technology specialist is defined as a technology specialist interested in learning about, assessing skills, using reference products, or taking exams to prove his or her knowledge/skills/ experience related to Microsoft's Windows Vista technologies. Technology specialists:

  • Value and may be working toward an extensive, deep technical knowledge in a particular technology
  • Are interested in learning about Windows Vista technologies in greater detail
  • Want to learn or test that they know and can apply existing concepts, practices, procedures, policies, and guidelines
  • Work in roles where most questions have clear right and wrong answers
  • Focus primarily on the "how toassociated with Windows Vista technologies
  • On the job, work from functional specifications, defined polices/ conventions/standards, and documented operational procedures received from superiors

This course will be most useful to people who intend to use their new skills and knowledge on the job immediately after training.


  • Familiarity with computer hardware and devices, such as the ability to look into Device Manager for unsupported devices
  • Basic TCP/IP knowledge, such as knowing why you need to have a valid IP address
  • Basic Microsoft Windows and Active Directory knowledge, including knowledge of domain user accounts, domain vs. local user accounts, user profiles, and group membership
  • Experience with mapping network file shares, including familiarity with UNC paths and mapping local resources to server/share
  • Experience with running commands from a command window, such as the DOS command prompt
  • Experience with reviewing BIOS settings

Follow-On Courses

Course Outline

1. Installing Windows Vista

  • Introduction to Windows Vista
  • Performing a Clean Installation of Windows Vista
  • Installing and Configuring Windows Vista Device Drivers

2. Upgrading and Migrating to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

  • Upgrading and Migrating to Windows Vista from a Previous Version of Windows
  • Upgrading Between Windows Vista Editions

3. Configuring Post-Installation System Settings

  • Configuring the Windows Aero Experience
  • Configuring Accessibility Features
  • Configuring Parental Controls

4. Sharing Files by Using Windows Vista

  • Sharing Data with Others
  • Managing Windows Vista Files

5. Configuring Advanced Networking

  • Configuring Network Connectivity
  • Configuring Remote Access

6. Configuring User Account Security

  • Configuring User Account Control
  • Troubleshooting User Account Control

7. Configuring Network Security

  • Configuring Windows Defender in Windows Vista
  • Configuring Windows Firewall Settings

8. Configuring Internet Explorer 7.0

  • Configuring Internet Explorer 7.0
  • Configuring Dynamic Security for Internet Explorer 7.0


Lab 1: Installing Windows Vista

  • Verifying Hardware Requirements
  • Installing Windows Vista from DVD
  • Managing Device Drivers

Lab 2: Upgrading and Migrating to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

  • Running USMT to Scan a User's Settings
  • Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Upgrading from Windows Vista Business to Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Running USMT to Load a User's Settings

Lab 3: Configuring Post-Installation Options

  • Configuring Aero
  • Configuring Accessibility Features

Lab 4: Sharing Files by Using Windows Vista

  • Sharing Data with Others
  • Managing Files

Lab 5: Configuring Advanced Networking

  • Troubleshooting Network Connectivity
  • Configuring Remote Access
  • Troubleshooting Remote Access Connections

Lab 6: Configuring User Account Security

  • Requesting an Application to Run Elevated One Time
  • Making an Application to Always Run Elevated
  • Configuring User Account Control Panel

Lab 7: Configuring Network Security

  • Configuring Windows Defender
  • Configuring Windows Firewall

Lab 8: Configuring Internet Explorer 7.0

  • Customizing Internet Explorer 7.0
  • Troubleshooting Internet Explorer Security Settings

On-Site Learning

Course Code: 6103

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Microsoft Course: M5115

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