Windows 10

Last Updated: 12/15/2017

Windows 10 Release Information

Recommendation

As with many new operating system releases, there are initially a number of incompatibilities with regularly used applications and this is also the case with Windows 10. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recommends upgrading as most of the early incompatibilities have been addressed. Please note that there may still be applications that have not released updates for Windows 10, and installation issues may occur at any time in the life of this operating system. 

Windows 10 Changes

The previous update to Windows OS, Windows 8, changed the look and operation of the desktop experience with the Metro interface. The Metro interface is still available in Windows 10; however, Windows 10 introduces a hybrid start menu combining the Metro interface and the traditional start menu from Windows 7 and earlier. This is the most dramatic change in the operating system.

Compatibility Testing

Testing of Windows 10 conducted by OIT has found no major incompatibilities with campus services; however, some may still exist. OIT will continue to test compatibility with campus services and supported software and will report the results in the information below. Prior to upgrading from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 you can run a compatibility test for your current system by:

  1. Click the Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray in the lower-right section of your desktop.
  2. Click the hamburger menu ( ) in the upper-left corner.
  3. Under Getting the upgrade, select Check your PC.

If you upgrade to Windows 10 and you run into problems, please bring your computer to an OIT Walk-In Center, contact Dedicated Desktop Support, or email the IT Service Center at help@colorado.edu.

Download Instructions

  1. Log into CU Services Microsoft download site with your CULoginName and IdentiKey password
  2. Click either Win10_Ent_64bit.iso or Win10_Ent_32bit.iso depending on your computer
  3. The file will begin to download.

Web Browser Compatibility

Browser Notes 
Firefox Mozilla Firefox has released a version of their browser compatible with Windows 10. For more information please visit Mozilla's support page.
Chrome Chrome is compatible with Windows 10 but there are some bugs reported.
Internet Explorer

Microsoft is phasing out Internet Explorer and pushing their new browser Edge that specifically is developed to integrate with Windows 10. 

We'll post more information about the compatibility of our services as we learn about it.