Windows 10 Availability

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IT Field Services will officially begin supporting Windows 10 at UCSF on October 10th, 2016. Once supported, all new machines and re-images will run the Windows 10 operating system, unless users have a specific need to run a different OS.

Windows 10 is the most recent version of the Windows operating system and was released in July 2015, succeeding Windows 7 and 8. 

Beginning October 10th, Windows 10 will be deployed on new systems and re-imaged systems that meet hardware requirements. An upgrade to Windows 10 is not required and will be rolled out to customers as new hardware is deployed or computers re-imaged. Windows 7 is supported until 2020, and as the end of support nears, we will proactively upgrade systems. Note that Windows 10 will include Office 2016.



The current timeline for Windows 10 availability is below:

  • March - June 2016: Development and testing of Windows 10 image for beta testing
  • July - September 2016: Finalizing of image changes and processes
  • October 10th 2016: Official support for Windows 10 begins!

Application Compatibility

We anticipate that most applications compatible with Windows 7 will also be compatible with Windows 10. For a list of applications that have been evaluated for Windows 10, click here:

The Windows 10 team can provide you with a virtual platform for testing any specialized applications if necessary. Please contact us at [email protected]


UCSF Standard Application Compatibility

The following UCSF standard applications have been tested and are compatible with Windows 10.

  • Dell Data Protection & Encryption (DDPE)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP)
  • IBM BigFix Client Management Agent
  • Office 2010, 2013 and 2016
  • Junos Pulse Client (VPN)
  • ForeScout Secure Connector (NAC)
  • Citrix Client

Recommended Hardware Requirements

Hardware must meet the following recommended requirements before having Windows 10 installed:

  • 256GB hard drive (IT recommends a solid state drive (SSD) for improved performance.)
  • 8GB RAM
  • i5 or better processor


Currently Supported UCSF Devices​ (Compatible for Windows 10)

Dell OptiPlex Models

  • Dell Optiplex 3010
  • Dell Optiplex 3020
  • Dell Optiplex 3040
  • Dell OptiPlex 3050
  • Dell Optiplex 3240 AIO
  • Dell Optiplex 7040
  • Dell OptiPlex 7050
  • Dell Optiplex 7440 AIO
  • Dell Optiplex 7450 AIO
  • Dell Optiplex 9010
  • Dell Optiplex 9020
  • Dell Optiplex 9020 AIO
  • Dell Optiplex 9030 AIO

Dell Latitude Models

  • Dell Latitude 5285
  • Dell Latitude E6230
  • Dell Latitude E6330
  • Dell Latitude E6430
  • Dell Latitude E6430U
  • Dell Latitude E7240
  • Dell Latitude E7250
  • Dell Latitude E7270
  • Dell Latitude 7275
  • Dell Latitude 7280
  • Dell Latitude E7440
  • Dell Latitude E7450
  • Dell Latitude E7470
  • Dell Latitude 7480

Microsoft Models

  • Surface Pro (2017)
  • Surface Book
  • Surface Pro 3
  • Surface Pro 4

Additional information

Email: [email protected]

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