This is the complete index to our entire series of free CompTIA A+ training course videos. All of our CompTIA A+ training videos are completely free; there’s nothing to buy when you watch all of our videos online.
In this introductory module, you’ll learn about Professor Messer, the format of the training course, and our goal for building a community of A+ certified professionals. You’ll also learn about the history of CompTIA, the advantages of an A+ certification, the exam categories, and best practices to use when taking the CompTIA A+ certification exam at your testing center.
Introduction to PCs
If you’ve ever wanted to make sense of the jumble of chips, cables, and fans inside of a computer, this training module is for you! We’ll start the module with a tour of the outside of the computer, and then we’ll take off the cover and show you exactly what components you can expect to find on the inside of a computer. We’ll finish up the module with a primer on the operation of computer systems.
Chapter 1: Soft Skills
Four videos – 58 minutes
“Soft skill” requirements are new to the latest CompTIA A+ exam objectives. These skills may be considered relatively non-technical, but they comprise a set of capabilities that are important to the organizations that employ technical professionals.
Chapter 2: Safety and Tools
Six videos – 1 hour, 23 minutes
One of the most important foundational elements of the CompTIA A+ certification involves the safety of computer professionals and those around them. In these videos, you’ll discover how to protect yourself when working around today’s high-voltage electrical environments and how the proper tools can be the difference when tackling big problems.
Chapter 3: Motherboards
Eight videos – 1 hour, 28 minutes
The motherboard is the heart of any personal computer. Every piece of a computer touches the motherboard, and the overall performance is directly related to the technologies embedded in the motherboard. In these videos you’ll learn how a motherboard works, how to instantly identify the major components of a motherboard, and how to solve motherboard problems when they occur.
Chapter 4: Processors and CPUs
Five videos – 1 hour, 18 minutes
The CPU is the center of the personal computer universe, and these videos will help you understand everything you’ll need to pass the CompTIA A+ exams.
Chapter 5: Memory
Four videos – 1 hour, 8 minutes
Memory technology is a mix of form factors, speed ratings, and installation challenges. In this chapter, you’ll learn exactly how to identify, upgrade, and troubleshoot memory in today’s modern personal computers.
An Overview of Memory (23:43)
Identifying Memory Types (16:26)
Installing and Upgrading Memory (17:46)
Troubleshooting Memory Problems (10:17)
Chapter 6: BIOS and CMOS
Three videos – 44 minutes
What really happens when you start your computer? In this chapter, we’ll show you how the BIOS handles the most basic operations of your personal computer and how the CMOS stores all of your important configuration information. We’ll also show you how to use VMware Player or Microsoft Virtual PC to create a test lab on your computer where you can test your BIOS changes without modifying your PC settings.
BIOS and CMOS Overview (12:11)
CMOS Settings (13:04)
Upgrading and Troubleshooting the BIOS (18:20)
Chapter 7: Personal Computer Storage
Five videos – 1 hour, 21 minutes
Computer storage systems are a myriad of drive formats, cable connections, and removable drives. As the capacity of hard drives continues to increase, it becomes even more important for the CompTIA A+ certified professional to be familiar with all aspects of personal computer storage.
Chapter 8: Personal Computer Power
Two Videos – 36 minutes
Power is an important part of every computer system in the world, and every CompTIA A+ certified professional should be able to understand, specify, and troubleshoot power problems in any environment.
Computer Power Overview (17:07)
Installing and Troubleshooting
Chapter 9: Personal Computer Connectors
Three videos – 31 minutes
The personal computer has a large and diverse set of ports, connectors, and cables. The CompTIA A+ professional needs to recognize the most common ports and connectors and how to use and support each port.
Common Computer Ports (12:30)
Computer Cable Types (11:06)
Connectors and Adapters (7:56)
Chapter 10: Adapter Cards
Two Videos – 25 minutes
Adapter cards may be hidden inside of the personal computer, but it’s easier than you may think to crack that case and begin upgrading your system! In these videos, we’ll provide you with an overview of adapter card technology and show you how to install and troubleshoot a typical adapter card configuration.
Adapter Card Overview (9:32)
Installing and Troubleshooting Adapter Cards (15:56)
Chapter 11: Cooling Systems
Two Videos – 23 minutes
Proper personal computer cooling is important for maintaining the long-term availability of your important systems. This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of PC cooling and shows how you can easily install and monitor the health of your PC cooling systems.
Cooling System Overview (12:59)
Cooling Systems Installation
Chapter 12: Input, Output, and System Resources
Five Videos – 1 Hour, 24 minutes
The most basic operations of our personal computers involve inputting data, allocating system resources, and outputting the results.
Chapter 13: Printers and Scanners
Four Videos – 1 hour, 11 minutes
The management of printers and scanners can be a challenging technical hurdle for even the most seasoned computing professional. Organizational productivity usually screeches to a grinding halt when the printer isn’t working! In this series of CompTIA A+ training videos, we’ll provide you with an introduction to printers and scanner technologies and take you through the process of selecting, installing, and supporting a printer and scanner.
Chapter 14: Laptop and Portable Devices
Four videos – 55 minutes
Personal computers don’t just sit on a desk! Laptop and portable devices make up a majority of the mobile computing devices, and the CompTIA A+ certification includes these devices as part of the exam requirements.
Chapter 15: Operating Systems
Twelve videos – 3 hours, 38 minutes
CompTIA A+ Professionals spend a great deal of their time working with PC operating systems. This chapter provides an overview of Microsoft Windows and discusses best practices for planning Windows upgrades and installations.
Chapter 16: Disks and Files
Four Videos – 1 hour, 26 minutes
Disk partitioning and file systems are fundamental to every operating system. This chapter focuses on the configuration of disk partitions, the implementation of RAID, and the ongoing management of files and disks in Microsoft Windows.
Chapter 17: Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Operating Systems
Six Videos – 2 hours
The true test of a CompTIA A+ certified professional is when things begin to go bad. In this chapter, we’ll show you how to recover the Windows operating system, deal with errors, and run diagnostics programs and command line utilities.
Chapter 18: Networking
Six Videos – 2 Hours, 5 minutes
The network has become an important part of every personal computer system, and the CompTIA A+ exam requires an understanding of the administration and use of networked devices and resources.
Chapter 19: Security
Six Videos – 1 hour, 42 minutes
Managing network, application, and system security is rapidly expanding to all parts of the organization. In this chapter, you’ll learn how today’s security requirements are addressed by CompTIA A+ certified professionals.