Will ArcGIS 10 run on the new windows 10 technical preview?

I am setting up an interface on my Mac and there is the free option of downloading the Windows 10 technical preview, some sort of beta version, I'm assuming.

Just wanted to see if 10.1 will run ok on Windows 10 (ignoring the Mac aspect), as this is all I am using my windows interface for?

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    Microsoft puts a lot of work into making sure each version of Windows is backwards compatible with previous ones. I don't believe ArcGIS is "certified" to run on Win10, but it should work. Try it out, let us know. – Jason Scheirer Oct 23 '14 at 19:04
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    It will likely run, but can't possibly be supported before final Microsoft release. It's possible that only 10.2.2 and 10.3 would be certified. – Vince Oct 23 '14 at 21:32
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    The answer to this question is yes, but I'm answering in a comment instead of an answer because the Windows 10 tech preview is no longer available. – Dan C Jul 29 '15 at 2:27
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    @MichaelMiles-Stimson "the only way is to try and see what happens" - if only there was a large software organisation, with lots of VMs and a testing team at their disposal, who could do this for us.... – Stephen Lead Jul 29 '15 at 2:37
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    I can confirm it works just fine on the 10240 build (as it did on prior builds), which is supposed to be "RTM". – Don Jul 29 '15 at 2:43

I ran ArcGIS Desktop 10.3 on the Windows 10 Technical Preview for a couple months, over several different builds of Windows, and everything worked fine (I was on the "Fast" ring). I wasn't using it intensively but I didn't encounter any problems. However, I stopped using the Windows 10 Tech Preview around July 1 and went back to Windows 7, so I have not run ArcGIS on the latest version of the Tech Preview, which is supposedly the same build as the official Windows 10 that will roll out this week. I did have some compatibility problems with some software, but surprisingly, ArcGIS wasn't one of them.

  • Thanks for the reassurance. The comment by Jason Scheirer on the linked post I believe to be quite accurate. – Michael Stimson Jul 29 '15 at 2:42

This question, with the official release of Windows 10 is quickly turning into "this is my personal experience type of wiki".

Right now, today, the most current versions of ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap 10.3.1 and ArcGIS Pro 1.1), are not supported on Windows 10.

Historically Esri has introduced support for a new OS with the next release of a product AFTER the OS in question has officially released. That means work is underway for ArcMap-10.4 and ArcGIS Pro-1.2 (the next releases) to officially support Windows 10. Of course older versions may (and probably will) work on the newer OS, but no official support mechanisms will exist if a problem does arise.

I'm actually voting to close this question as its clear to some degree it works. Unless theres a specific issue that comes up and can be asked as a specific question, further "yes, it works for me" answers aren't helpful.

  • The system requirements now mention: "** Windows 10 support begins at ArcGIS 10.3.1." – HeikkiVesanto Feb 20 '17 at 9:37

I am running ArcGIS 10.3 on the official Windows 10 Pro through a VMWare VM on my mac, and have had no problems so far. I find it is running faster than it did in Windows 7 - although I may be imagining things.


I was running ArcGIS 10 on Windows 8 (on a PC), and just upgraded to Windows 10. After the upgrade, when I open ArcMap 10, I got this error: "the arcinfo license is in need of a repair operation". I went to ArcGIS Administrator, and then chose the repair folder and option. After this I could open ArcMap 10, but it crashed if I tried using a tool. I ended up uninstalling and reinstalling, and am now using ArcMap 10.2 (provided free through my university), which works great. I'm not sure if ArcMap 10 would have also worked, had I re-installed that.

So, it seems to be compatible, but might need some troubleshooting or re-installation after upgrading, as in my case.

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