Jun 292013

It is pretty amazing what you can do with today’s technology when it comes to creating a home lab to practice on in your home office.  I  have normal run of the mill consumer machines that I will be using to set up my home lab.  The current set up consists of Windows 8.0 and VMWare 5.1.  When the upgrades have been completed will be on Windows 8.1 for clients and will will by using Hyper-V as my virtualizaiton platform.

The first step that I am going to undertake is updating my client machines that currently sit in a work-group to Windows 8.1.  Follow the steps below in order to get the upgrade through Microsoft online store.  The upgrade seem to be taking about 1.5 and two hours depending on your hardware and internet connection.

1.  The first thing you will need to do is download the update that will make the upgrade available int he the Microsoft online store.  Click on the link below:


2. When the upgrade has been installed you will need to restart your PC.

3. Once the PC has restarted go to the Microsoft PC store and follow the instructions for the upgrade.  You will see the below screen once the upgrade process starts:

PC Upgrade to 8.1