Since I have a subscription to Microsoft TechNet and a spare Western Digital Black 1TB hard drive, I decided to find out how easy or difficult it would be to install Windows 8 Pro on the Gateway computer. The answer to the question is very easy. I had to update some drivers using the Windows 7 drivers from Gateway’s web site. The process to install Windows 8 Pro on the Gateway computer was smooth. The reason that I did not use the original hard drive is that I am using SpinRite to check the hard drive for any defects.
I will be visiting my dad in early November so I have time to setup the computer. I will use the Gateway recovery disks to restore the computer. I will upgrade the computer to Windows 8. All of these adventures and my dad’s reaction to the new computer and to Windows 8 will be written in future blog posts.