​​​​​Basic Windows security is a major component of the CyberPatriot competition. Windows operating systems include desktops, servers, and embedded systems. While Windows operating systems heavily use graphical user interfaces (GUIs), they all still have a command-line shell. XP-based operating systems (Windows XP and Windows Server 2003) only have the command prompt (cmd.exe), and later versions also have the Powershell. 

For information on how to create a Windows image using your Microsoft Developmen​t Network ​account, please refer to the presentation here.​​​

The Microsoft TechNet is a good resource for learning about Windows, as are the basic training modules that have been developed for our program. Here are some other links that may be helpful:

    • Automatic Updates - A feature that allows you to easily and effectively keep your computer up-to-date.
    • Forensics - A guide on how to determine if your computer has been attacked.
    • GodMode​ - A special mode in later Windows operating systems that gives you access to a wide range of administrative tasks.
    • Malware and Services - Information on malware that disguise themselves as legitimate services.
    • Recovery Console - A boot-up option that can fix startup problems.
    • Safe Mode​ - A boot-up option that allows you to run administrative and diagnostic tasks.
    • SVCHOST - ​A primer on services and processes in general, and svchost.exe in particular.
    • Sysinternals​A database of system tools developed by Microsoft.
    • System Restore - A feature that lets you restore your computer to known working conditions.
    • Windows Firewall - Information on the first line of defense against attacks.
    • Windows Networking​ - Tutorials on networking in Windows.
    • ​​Windows Registry​ - A database that stores the configuration settings for the operating system.​