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    #26
    Just saw that to get MCSE: EDA, it is 4 exams(687, 688, 695, and 696) but it says

    "Windows 10 was released in July 2015, and later this year Exam 697: Configuring Windows Devices will be incorporated into the MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps certification, replacing Exam 687 and Exam 688."

    I'm wondering if it is too difficult, but it looks like if I do the 697 Windows 10 Specialist exam then 695 and 696, I'd get the MCSE:EDA. Downside is I wouldn't have an MCSA, but would only have to do 3 exams.
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    What is a lab book you would recommend?
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    I find it a bit confusing here? IS Windows 7 70-680 exam still available or not? because after reading a few threads here it sounds like it still around, but for the MCSA Windows 7 is retired, on the Windows Exam website I don't see anything regarding Configuring Windows 7 exam (standalone) is retired? I know for a fact that Windows 8.1 Configuration (70-687) 70-688 are retiring this December 31st 2016, I know that the dates has changed from this summer June or July 2016 and they extended to Dec 2016. I am not sure if its worth my time and money to pursue it, my plan is study it and take the exam on Dec 23 2016? or as a proctored online option? any suggestions thx dan101
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan101 View Post
    I find it a bit confusing here? IS Windows 7 70-680 exam still available or not? because after reading a few threads here it sounds like it still around, but for the MCSA Windows 7 is retired, on the Windows Exam website I don't see anything regarding Configuring Windows 7 exam (standalone) is retired? I know for a fact that Windows 8.1 Configuration (70-687) 70-688 are retiring this December 31st 2016, I know that the dates has changed from this summer June or July 2016 and they extended to Dec 2016. I am not sure if its worth my time and money to pursue it, my plan is study it and take the exam on Dec 23 2016? or as a proctored online option? any suggestions thx dan101
    70-680, 70-685 and 70-686 exams are still available. Doing each exam awards you an MCTS per exam. Doing the 70-680 + 70-685 OR 70-686 awards you an MCITP (https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/lear...ification.aspx). The MCITP series for Windows 7 is not retired. the MCSA for Windows 7 is, so by doing those exams you will get MCTS/MCITP now instead of MCSA.
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    Everything that Skyliinez92 just wrote, but only the 680 gets you an MCTS currently, however each of 680, 685 and 686 give you a "Microsoft Specialist" certification.

    680+686 awards MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 - this has an upgrade path to MCSA Server 2012 by passing the 70-417 exam.

    680+685 awards MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician - this is the same as the MCSA Windows 7

    All three Windows 7 exams are still being offered, and none has an announced retirement date (yet). However, the Windows 8 exams are retiring at the end of this year.
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    I didn't read all the posts but why would they retire win 7 . Its heavily used both personal and corporate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tmtex View Post
    I didn't read all the posts but why would they retire win 7 . Its heavily used both personal and corporate.
    Because Microsoft.
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