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I have access to ArcGIS 10 through university, however my laptop runs Windows 8. I have checked the requirements and they have listed the previous operating systems (excluding 8)

http://resources.arcgis.com/content/arcgisdesktop/10.0/arcgis-desktop-system-requirements

Will it run? If not, are there any ways round this (other than buying Arc 10.1 or installing an older operating system)?

Thanks for your help.

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I'm going to download SP1 but I found problems running Windows 8 with 10.1 without it. Even minor things like changing labels in properties can cause the program to crash... –  user18168 May 15 '13 at 14:35
    
I'm not sure how this answers the question. Please open a new question detailing your issue. –  Devdatta Tengshe May 15 '13 at 14:46

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from ArcGIS Resource Center Blog.

Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Server are now officially supported starting at ArcGIS 10.1 SP1

and from ArcGIS 10.1 System Requirements

Windows Server 2012 Standard, and Datacenter (64-bit [EM64T]) *

Windows 8 Basic, Professional and Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit [EM64T])*

i hope it helps you...

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Windows 8 is backwards compatible, it means the applications running on Windows 7 must be able to run on Windows 8. Therefore it shouldn't throw any problem.

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Setting aside ArcGIS, Microsoft is not guaranteeing that all Win7 applications will run on Windows 8: social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/… –  mkennedy Dec 18 '12 at 17:46
    
@mkennedy I Agree, but I'm pretty sure there's no problem with ArcGIS –  Julien Fouilhé Dec 19 '12 at 13:27

The Windows 8 Compatibility Center shows that it works. It's powered by people who used the Windows 8 release preview. I was such a user and has no problems with 10.1 (prior to SP1). Although the Windows 8 metro interface takes some getting used to, I don't believe it's the best OS for power users, but to answer you question, yes it does work.

Follow this link to the ArcGIS Windows 8 Compatibility search: ArcGIS Windows 8 Compatibility.

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