Windows 10 release


Windows 10 is planned to be released on July 29th 2015, Windows 10 is the latest release of the Microsoft operating system and will eventually replace Windows 8.1. A pre-release version of Windows 10 has been tested for compatibility with typical UVic applications and services. As Windows 10 is still in a pre-release state we cannot guarantee that any programs will continue to work upon release and, therefore, University Systems does not recommend updating until after we can perform a post release review.

The most significant problems facing UVic users who wish to use Windows 10, is that Symantec Endpoint Protection antivirus software is currently not compatible. Symantec plans to release an updated versions of the Symantec Endpoint Protection upon the Windows 10 launch. For further details, please see the UVic applications section below.

University Systems does not recommend upgrading to Windows 10 at this time due to its current pre-launch state and the issues with installing Symantec Endpoint Protection.

Web browsers

Internet Explorer 11

The latest version of Internet Explorer was tested with Windows 10, and does not have issues rendering and interacting with the UVic websites tested. My page, Webmail, Outlook Web Access, CourseSpaces, FAST, and Banner all work as expected. Banner was tested using Internet Explorer 11.0.10011.0 and Java Version 8 Update 45.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox has no issues and performs typically with Windows 10. Version 38.0.5 installs normally and exhibits no abnormal behaviour.

Project Spartan/Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new web browser that is included with Windows 10. The initial testing of Microsoft Edge shows that it currently does not work with Java as there is no supported version of Java at this time. This prevents Banner and other programs that require Java to run. My page, Webmail, Outlook Web Access, and CourseSpaces all appear to work with the latest version of Microsoft Edge but this could change with the final release.

Productivity applications

Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 does not appear to have any compatibility issues with Windows 10. Documentation for configuring Outlook 2013 for use with UVic’s Microsoft Exchange Email and Calendaring system is available on the University Systems website.

Networking and printing


Wireless connectivity with the UVic and Eduroam networks has been tested and they both appear to work as previous versions of Windows.

Network storage

University storage resources work as expected with shares setup being identical to previous versions of Windows.


Printing configuration has not changed over the previous release of Windows and appears to function correctly with Windows 10.

UVic applications

BitLocker Encryption

BitLocker Encryption remains a core feature of Windows 10 to provide whole disk encryption. BitLocker is able to successfully encrypt a disk and store a recovery token in Active Directory as is the case with previous versions of Windows. Since Windows 10 is still in a pre-release state we do not recommend using Windows 10 with BitLocker Encryption until after a post release review has been completed.

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection is not currently supported with Windows 10.

Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Backup

IBM has not yet released a version of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) that is compatible with Windows 10 and initial testing has confirmed that it currently does not work. University Systems strongly recommends that anyone who requires TSM does not upgrade to Windows 10 at this time.

VPN client

UVic uses a Cisco Systems Virtual Private Network for securing remote connections to the university's network. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client version 2.5.6005 may have an install issue using the instructions available on the University Systems website . If you follow the aforementioned instructions and have trouble with the Cisco AnyConnect client working, please contact the Computer Help Desk for a quick fix. A test of connection stability was satisfactory.

Microsoft account, OneDrive and the cloud

Windows 10 continues to make use of the cloud-based features that were introduced in Windows 8/8.1. Users will be prompted to log in with a Microsoft account or to link their local user account to a Microsoft account to sync files, preferences and more between multiple devices running Windows 10. The synchronization is mostly implemented using Microsoft’s cloud-based storage, OneDrive
Before using any OneDrive or cloud based features, University Systems recommends that you review the internet storage section of the secure your data page. This section outlines relevant UVic policies and provincial legislation surrounding privacy and the use of cloud services.

University Systems recommends that faculty and staff refrain from using OneDrive to store any university data as the privacy of this data cannot be guaranteed.

For more information about Windows 10, please contact the Computer Help Desk at 250-721-7687 or