Week 3 – Install Windows 8

Overview

This week you will install Windows 8 Professional. Most computers and laptops come with the operating systems pre-installed, so there is a high chance that you have never installed Windows 8.  If your personal computer already has Windows 8, try to install a fresh version of Windows 8 Pro on a computer in the lab, or on another computer at home, or possibly in a virtual machine using the free VMware Player from VMware.com.

Week 3 Assignment

Complete the following parts of Section 6.0 in your LabSim course material. This will include:

  • 6.3 Windows 8 Installation
  • 6.4 Windows Upgrade

The LabSim curriculum will consist of materials to read, videos demonstrations to watch, and interactive simulations to accomplish. At the end of some of the chapter subsections there are multiple choice exams. All of these tasks to be accomplished can be retaken and you will find yourself redoing some of them more than once or even twice. This is not a bad thing. I will be able to chart your progress through TestOut.

Week 3 Non-LabSim Assignment – Install Windows 8

Install or upgrade a computer system to Windows 8. Consider applying what you learn in the LabSim Section 6.4, and perform a system upgrade to Windows 8.

Check your email – Windows Client students you should be receiving an email from Debbie Kayser with your MSDN Alliance Username and Password. That account will enable you to request and download Microsoft Software because you are a student at Sheridan College. When you get your MSDN alliance account email: 

  • 1) An account with the MSDN Alliance 
  • 2) A download link to download Windows 8, and 
  • 3) Dont forget to write down the serial/license number for the operating system, when you see it in the pop-up browser window. 

Steps

  1. login to your MSDN Alliance account (see your recent email) and
  2. Click on the link to the Operating System you need to download this will open a pop-up window
  3. The pop-up window will have the serial/key number (write it down) and a download button, click it when you are ready to download. It will take a long time to download (If you have slow internet I can always burn you a copy of mine).
  4. The download button will download a small executable installer file. Download it to your desktop and double click on it to run it. It will save to a recommended location. My download defaulted to C:\temp\ directory. When the download is finished (LONG TIME) there should be an .iso image file which you can then burn to a DVD as a bootable image file.
  5. To burn the disk use Nero, Roxio, or ImgBurn which is a free program to burn a bootable disc from an .iso image file. Look for a choice like Copy Disc or Create Image, not create a Data Disc.

Turning It In
Due Date: End of Week 4

Your assignment is complete once you have set a unique desktop background and sent me a screenshot of your Windows 8 desktop. Save the screenshot as a JPG image file, and send it to me as an email attachment.

 

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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