How to Install Windows 8
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How to Install Windows 8

How to Install Windows 8 - This class will provide students with a step by step example of installing Windows 8
4.2 (17 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,169 students enrolled
Created by Dean Barnes
Last updated 8/2015
Price: Free
  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install a simple Windows 8 operating system onto their computer
  • Complete the initial post install operating system updates
  • Configure Automatic Updates
  • Be familiar with the importance of security software and where to download free or trial versions
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  • Students will benefit if they have a computer they can install Windows 8 on (new or existing), but it's not required
  • If students don't have a PC they can install Windows 8 on, they can consider installing software from Virtual Box or VMware Player to create a virtual machine with which they will use to install Windows 8 (assuming the hardware can handle it - check with VMware or Virtual Box to see if you have a system capable to create virtual machines)
  • Students with knowledge of basic computer concepts will have an easier time with this course

This is the Windows 8 installation walkthrough course.

This course is designed for:

  • novices and beginners
  • Learners who would like to know what it takes to install the Windows 8 operating system
  • Learners who have never installed Windows 8 from scratch before

This course:

  • introduces users to a high level view of the Windows 8 operating system
  • provides helpful links in case you need additional help from Microsoft or the community
  • gives a high level overview of the different Windows 8 version options is discussed to help you purchase and install the right version
  • delivers a step by step walkthrough of a basic deployment of Windows 8 to a computer (also works on a virtual machine)
  • will wrap up the walkthrough with steps necessary to keep your Windows 8 patched and up to date
  • will discuss security software with web site examples you can visit for free versions of security software

A screen step by step installation walkthrough is provided.

At the end of the course, a document containing all of the URL links discussed in the course is attached to the lecture.

If you view this course from end to end, it will take you about 45 minutes. If you are following along as you install Windows 8, and complete your post install updates, maybe 4 hours plus more if you are downloading your install rather than purchasing it and also it depends on the speed of your hardware and your ability to navigate around the operating system.

This course has been designed so that you can follow along step by step in your own Windows 8 installation.

You should take this course if you have never worked with or installed Windows 8 before and are looking to start but aren't sure what to purchase or how to answer the questions asked during the installation process. You will also benefit from instructions for keeping your Windows 8 up to date through official software patches from Microsoft

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for any user who wants to learn how to install Windows 8 from scratch
  • This course is not for users experienced or familiar with the Windows 8 installation process
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Curriculum For This Course
Windows 8 Installation Walkthrough
5 Lectures 37:04

In this lecture, students will be introduced to the instructor along with the course objectives for the lectures that follow.


In this lecture, students will learn some high level details about Windows 8, like:

  • When Windows 8 was released
  • Windows 8 support lifecycle
  • Pricing for Windows 8 versions
  • Windows 8 version differences
  • Windows 8 Requirements
  • Virtualization options
  • The Windows 8 interface
  • Windows 8 capabilities and uses
  • Websites for additional help
More About Windows 8

In this lecture, students will start preparing for the install of Windows 8. Purchase options, and different Windows packages are discussed and why one is preferred or not over the other leading up to the step by step walkthrough guide in the next lecture.

Getting Ready to Install Windows 8

Students will see a step by step screen capture guide to a basic Windows 8 installation including:

  • Language selection
  • Disk drive partition setup and formatting (NOTE: This might erase data you have the drive, so if it's anything you want to keep, make sure you back it up first)
  • Personalize your Interface
  • Configure your setup and settings
  • Sign-in options
  • Username creation and setup
  • New start menu and screen menu locations
  • Restart and Shutdown procedures
  • Configure Automatic Updates
  • Download the post install updates
  • Setup Updates for other Microsoft products
  • Security software discussion with free options and trials
Windows 8 Installation Walkthrough

In this final lecture and wrap up, key concepts of the class will be reviewed. To assist students with their Windows 8 installation, a document containing all of the URLs from the lectures is attached here.

Course Summary and Review
About the Instructor
Dean Barnes
4.4 Average rating
24 Reviews
1,247 Students
5 Courses
Deployment and Infrastructure Engineer

Early in my career, I worked for 2 years as a software developer with client server applications using Microsoft Access and VBA, Visual Basic, and SQL Server.

For the past 14 years, I have been working in a Deployment and Infrastructure Support role. Some of the software technologies include Websphere, Weblogic, IIS, Cold Fusion, SQL Server, JBOSS, and TWS. I work on projects that handle deployments, tier 1 and 2 support, and server lease rolls. During the first seven years in the Deployment and Infrastructure Support role, I also spent time as a Configuration Manager helping to lead efforts in developing repeatable software deployment processes and putting quality gates in place for software throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) using tools like TRUEchange, VSS, ChangeMan, CVS, and SVN. I have experience working on UNIX (HP, IBM, Oracle), Linux, OpenVMS, Windows 3.1 through Windows 10, and Windows NT 3.x, 4,x, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2012 operating systems.

I have been working with computer hardware for the past 34 years and starting working on PC hardware 17 years ago. Working different jobs, I've gained experience working on desktops, laptops, server hardware, and some networking.

I have experience with Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and Microsoft MCSE course work, and I am currently a certified Brocade vRouter Engineer.

On my personal time I like to work with VMWare projects at home exploring the exciting world of operating system virtualization, home media servers and infrastructure, and play Minecraft with the kids. I also spend time volunteering with the local school district and with the city I live in.