Can users of Mathematica on Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 upgrade their computers to Windows 10 – a process that began today? Does Mathematica work? Are all the settings, licenses, access to files and folders preserved? Is there anything one must be careful about?

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    $\begingroup$ Hmm, I don't understand the vote to close; it's certainly reasonable for someone to be concerned whether he's upgrading the program or the OS it's running on. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2015 at 8:31
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    $\begingroup$ For completeness, can you include the version of Mathematica you have in your question? $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2015 at 8:34
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    $\begingroup$ Mathematica 8 but I would love to know the answer to Mathematica 9 - and perhaps Mathematica 10 - as well. ;-) $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2015 at 8:35
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    $\begingroup$ There's at least one regular on this site using M 10.2 on Windows 10. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Jul 29, 2015 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ I used Mathematica 10 on an earlier build of Windows 10 (in a VirtualBox). Worked smoother than on Win 7. $\endgroup$
    – Karsten7
    Jul 29, 2015 at 12:06

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I can confirm that upgrading to Windows 10 from either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 (you can't upgrade from Windows 8 directly, you first have to upgrade to 8.1) leaves all your settings and licenses intact and that includes your Mathematica (9, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2) installation, I didn't have version 8 installed but I would guess it should work too. I have also noticed that Mathematica performs better on Windows 10 than in previous Windows versions. Windows 10 will preserve your files and folders, just select that option when upgrading. I've tried this on up to four PCs (including a laptop and an AIO), installation was smooth and every program works fine so far.

One thing to note is that with Windows 10, you should make sure your graphics drivers (I only have NVIDIA) are updated to the WHQL-certified versions, I know for sure this will affect Mathematica, if it's not updated. The drivers should/will be updated during your upgrade so this should not be a problem.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I just upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10 and computed 2+3 on Mathematica 9. ;-) $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2015 at 17:50
  • $\begingroup$ @LubošMotl. Nice :) Glad to hear it. Hope you're enjoying the new interface. $\endgroup$
    – RunnyKine
    Jul 29, 2015 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ @LubošMotl You'll get better results with 10 on 10! lol :-D $\endgroup$
    – Ho1
    Jul 29, 2015 at 20:27
  • $\begingroup$ I surely do enjoy it! Ho1: Win 10 is called 10 but it's actually a 9, too. ;-) If Stephen Wolfram sends me an upgrade again, I won't refuse, however. $\endgroup$ Jul 31, 2015 at 4:42

I upgraded three machines from Windows 7 to Windows 10, two of which were work machines containing installations of Mathematica 10.x (and earlier). So far I have encountered zero issues related to Mathematica with this Windows upgrade. From a personal perspective, upgrading to Windows 10 was very simple.

Also the QA team for Mathematica did a full test of Mathematica 10.2 on Windows 10 (and a prerelease version of it). There was one issue found related to STL and PLY import, but that was fixed before the 10.2 release.

Windows 10 was added to the list of supported platforms:


If you encounter any issues related specifically to Mathematica and Windows 10 (and not with the Windows 10 upgrade process itself), please do contact [email protected]. If you (accidentally or intentionally) do a clean installation of Windows 10, you will need to reinstall Mathematica and you will need to reactivate it.

  • $\begingroup$ In windows 10 ListBox command doesn't work properly $\endgroup$
    – TraceKira
    Aug 12, 2015 at 13:40
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    $\begingroup$ @TraceKira We've looked into this and this is a problem on all platforms in Mathematica 10.2, although it seems to only happen sporadically. $\endgroup$
    – Stefan R
    Aug 12, 2015 at 16:50
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    $\begingroup$ @TraceKira Thank you for your feedback here and on Wolfram Community. This ListPicker issue is a bug that affects Mathematica 10.2 on all platforms, and is definitely not specific to Windows 10. $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Aug 12, 2015 at 16:51

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