Software Path

"Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering."

- Bill Gates

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Learn Software to Succeed

Earn digital badges that can increase your online resume and web presence as you build useful workforce development skills.


Students learn to install & use Microsoft Windows and Office

Basic Software

Students learn to quickly install basic suites of software


Students troubleshoot issues on Microsoft Windows


Students learn to install hardware drivers


Students learn a basic understanding of server platforms & deploy their own server

Level 1 Software: Introduction to Computing Software

  • Identify different types of software (OS, anti-virus, productivity software such as office, device drivers: video, sound)
  • Identify differences in OS’s (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Demonstrate how to install basic software and where to find it (drivers, productivity, company websites)
  • Learn what a virus is and what they can do to computers
  • Learn what anti-virus software is and how they work (AVG, Security Essentials, AVAST)
  • Installation of Windows using either a CD or USB flash drive

Level 2 Software: Support Software

  • Learn how to troubleshoot an OS installation (Windows and Mac OS)
  • Learn how drivers help a computer function
  • Demonstrate how to decide what drivers a computer needs (check hardware controls and see what the computer is missing and search, download and install drivers)
  • Demonstrate where to find drivers for different machines (Drivers are manufacture dependent … HP, DELL)
  • Demonstrate the skills to install and test the drivers for desktops and laptops
  • Learn how an OS runs a computer (understand the basics of what is being installed from a Windows OS. Ex file system, time zones, basic drivers)
  • Explain the difference in the types of Windows and how to identify them (Windows Home, Windows Pro, Windows N) that is found in system properties.
  • Learn the difference in common software architecture (32 bit vs 64 bit. Know that there are different software requirements for each architecture (OS Win 32 bit or Win 64 bit, google Chrome etc.)
  • Demonstrate how to properly register a Windows machine with Microsoft (open computer properties and register with new product key computer must be online to activate)
  • Learn the process of OS registration to activate Windows (ID COA number, model, serial number some COA are located under the laptops batteries. Then send to VA STAR staff to obtain a legal product key)

Level 3 Software: Basic Unix, Basic Server

  • Learn the difference in windows home OS and windows server (COS, NOS, Active Directory)
  • Install windows server
  • Learn the difference between windows and Unix systems (What differentiates windows from UNIX systems and the advantages of each)
  • Identify the different Unix distros and what separates them (Package manager, configs, binaries)
  • Install Unix (Find and walk through the steps of installing any Unix distro)

Level 4 Software: Software

  • Demonstrate ability to navigate a computer with the CLI (use the CLI to perform basic tasks such as: file navigation, file creation, program installation, and program updating)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic windows server hardening (learn the steps used to secure windows server from a fresh installation)
  • Demonstrate ability to properly set up a basic unix machine (this includes installing a unix distro as well as getting the basic drivers and updates for the distro)
  • Learn the basics of Active Directory (demonstrate how to perform common AD tasks such as: Network backup and restoration, user security, and centralized server space for users)