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I was in a similar situation looking for practice tests, I can't recommend MeasureUp highly enough for this. Really helped me narrow down what I needed to work on but more importantly they do give good explanations and technical details so you know …
You said you have a decent knowledge-base with systems, troubleshooting, etc, and supporting friends and family. I was in a situation not totally unlike yours and put a brief ad on Craigslist about computer help and, through good work and word-of-m…
Sometimes I think people get too hung up on the versions of these certifications. While I don't think Windows 8 is seeing a lot of corporate adoption, much of the material on the exams is similar and they test a lot of the same skills (in my opinio…
I was in a similar situation with the MTA's and I wanted a higher-level cert. Windows 7 will remain valuable in the market for a long time to come, and I think a certification like the MCSA is a great way to put some of your skills on paper (assumi…
I know a lot of people dislike the MS Press books, but the one for 70-685 I thought was actually quite good. Poulton's 70-680 book is also excellent and I thought it actually helped with the 70-685 as well. I was able to pass both exams between Po…
@olaHalo: I find myself in almost the same situation...passed the 680 with 740 (not as comfortable as I would have liked). Any materials you'd recommend for the 685?