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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)

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

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:… – 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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