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Is Windows Xp a good place to start

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I'm in the very beginning stages of obtaining certification(s) and wanted to
know if I'd be wasting my time with going for Windows XP (Microsoft Certified
Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)). or should I be jumping to Windows 7?

The wide rage of certification available is quite new to me as well so I
would appreciate any direction that anyone could give. I feel my skills are
in the following areas;

- Very familiar with Windows XP and all prior OS's, including
troubleshooting, installations, and overall operation.
- Somewhat familiar with Windows Vista and Windows 7, including
troubleshooting, installation, and overall operation.
- Very familiar with building computers from scratch and replacing bad or
outdated components.
- Very familiar with overall Windows, hardware / software compatibilities.
- Very familiar with setting up home and small offices with networks and
computers. (non-server)
I'm looking to obtain certification(s) that will allow me to apply the
skills above an ones obtained in this process, to a career in the I.T. field.

Again, with all that's available through Microsoft certifications and
otherwise, I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or comments that will
help me to get started in the right place.

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