Microsoft Course 2285 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional — A 2-Day Course

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This two-day, instructor-led M2285 course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to manage Microsoft Windows XP Professional computers in a Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 environment.

Additional information for Windows 2000 is also included explaining how it differs from Windows XP Professional.

Course Objectives

On completion of this M2285 Windows XP training course, delegates should be able to:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for individuals who are employed as or seeking employment as a systems administrator or systems engineer.

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, delegates should have:

And either:

Or, completed all of the following courses:

Microsoft Certified Professional Exams

This course will help the student prepare for the following Microsoft Certified Professional exam:

Course Materials

The student kit includes a comprehensive workbook and other necessary materials for this class.


This course has been retired and is no longer available.

Outline Course Contents

Installing Microsoft Windows XP Professional

In this module, students will learn how to prepare for and install Windows XP Professional.

Adding Hardware to Windows XP Professional Clients

This module teaches students how to install new hardware devices as well as how to configure and maintain existing devices and their drivers. Students will also learn how to roll device drivers back to a previous version of the driver and to uninstall drivers and devices.

Resolving Boot Process Issues

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to identify and correct problems with the Windows XP Professional boot process.

Configuring the Desktop Environment

In this module, students will learn how to configure and customize user desktops, use profiles to implement and enforce desktop customization policies, and use Remote Assistance to respond to remote requests for help.

Configuring Internet Explorer and Supporting Applications

In this module, students will learn how to configure security and connection settings for Internet Explorer, as well as how to configure applications to run on computers running Windows XP Professional.

Configuring Windows XP Professional to Operate in a Microsoft Network

In this module, students will learn how to configure computers running Windows XP Professional to operate in a Windows workgroup or domain.

Configuring Windows XP Professional for Mobile Computing

In this module, students will learn how to help mobile users work more effectively by enabling them to control the power usage of their computers, and by making resources such as files, folders, and Web sites available offline.