Certification: MCSA: Windows 8
Certification Full Name: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Windows 8 (MCSA: Windows 8)
Certification Provider: Microsoft

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70-687 Questions & Answers

Microsoft 70-687 Exam

Configuring Windows 8

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Certification Prerequisites

No prerequisites.

Certification Notation

You can upgrade the following certifications to MCSA: Windows 8 certification by passing 70-689 exam.

  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
  • MCSA: Windows 7

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Windows 8 is aimed at system administrators or other IT professionals, who configure, manage, troubleshoot, and maintain Windows 8 enterprise systems. After obtaining the MCSA Windows 8 certification, you will be qualified for the computer support specialist position in a company.This certification makes you eligible for MCSE certification.


There are no prerequisites for the MCSA Windows 8 certification. However, Microsoft recommends current working experience in Windows 8 environment. If you have an MCSA in Windows 7, you can upgrade your certification to Windows 8.

Exam Details

MCSA Windows 8 certification requires you to clear the following two exams:

Exam is 70-687 - Configuring Windows 8: This exam validates your skills to setup and support Windows 8 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources. It also tests your skills to configure domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services.

This exam tests your skills in the following domains. The percentages of syllabus from each domain are:

  • Install and upgrade to Windows 8 (10-15%)
  • Configure hardware and applications (10-15%)
  • Configure network connectivity (10-15%)
  • Configure access to resources (10-15%)
  • Configure remote access and mobility (15-20%)
  • Monitor and maintain Windows clients (10-15%)
  • Configure system and data recovery options (10-15%)

70-688 - Supporting Windows 8: This exam tests your skills to install, upgrade and license Windows 8 systems. This exam also tests your skills to provide support to Windows 8 systems, optimize the use of storage space, use Windows tools and services to determine the source of performance and reliability issues,configure networking

This exam tests your skills in the following domains. The percentages of syllabus from each domain are:

  • Design an installation and application strategy (25-30%)
  • Maintain resource access (25-30%)
  • Maintain Windows clients and devices (25-30%)
  • Manage Windows 8 using cloud services and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) (20-25%)

MCSA track is valid for two years. After which you may need to retake the latest exams to continue the certification.

The passing score is 700 on the scale of 1 - 1000. If you score less than 700, you will fail the exam. A score of 700 or higher will be considered a passing score.

Microsoft does not disclose the number of questions and the time limit on their certification exams, but this exam is estimated to have about 50 questions that need to be completed within two hours.

The exam consists of different types of questions that include multiple choice questions, simulations, reorder, or build a tree questions.


The MCSA Windows 8 certification allows you to:

  • Install, support, and troubleshoot Windows 8 operating environment.
  • You will be qualified for the computer support specialist position in a company and will be able to support desktop operating environment.
  • The certification makes you eligible for MCSE certification.
  • Get global recognition of your skills.
  • Get hired faster and stand distinct among peers.

Expert Review

I passed MCSA Windows 7 and got a job in a prestigious company. When the company decided to upgrade to Windows 8.1, I asked my boss about upgrading my certificate as well. He encouraged me and used company resources to fund my MCSA Windows 8 certification. I passed and got promoted to senior technical support. I want to thank Microsoft for giving me an opportunity to showcase and validate my skills in desktop operating environment.

Alejandra Martinez - Senior Technical Support - United Mechanical Systems

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