Upgrading to Minikube v1.6.2 on Windows 10

3 min readJan 2, 2020


Upgrading from v1.5.2 to v1.6.2

minikube told me there was an update

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve played with Minikube. The last thing I remember is I was trying to write a post about serverless on minikube but my machine ran out of resources. I was back to pick up from where I left off but noticed there was a minikube update available so I thought I’d write a quick post to kick off the New Year!

Upgrade Minikube

The following commands will stop your minikube, upgrade your minikube binaries on windows, and then restarts minikube again.

minikube stop
choco upgrade minikube
minikube start
Error when trying to upgrade Minikube to v1.6.2

When trying to upgrade, I ran into this error. If you didn’t know, I’m running VMWARE as my hypervisor. Based on what the screen says, I need to add the proper path to my %PATH%.

You can navigate to your system settings to edit this.

Search for system environment variables
select Environment Variables
Find Path and Edit…
Default VMWARE installation directory

Let’s open a new shell and try it again

minikube start --vm-driver=vmware

What does it say?

Kubernetes 1.17.0 is now available

Let’s see what version we are on now, just to double check.

kubectl version

One more time!

minikube stop
minikube start --vm-driver=vmware --kubernetes-version=v1.17.0

Verify it.

kubectl version
kubectl version

There you have it, upgrade complete!


Now on to bigger and better things in 2020!