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Windows 10

Windows 10 is Microsoft's latest operating system, and is offered as a free upgrade for users running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. While not required, ResNet recommends that all users upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 Requirements

The minimum computer hardware requirements for running Windows 10 as recommended by Microsoft are:

  • 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • Minimum display resolution of 800x600

More features can be found on Microsoft's website.

How do I connect to UCSD-PROTECTED?

Please see the information located on the Blink website for documentation.

How do I connect to the UC San Diego Virtual Private Network (VPN)?

In order to access on-campus resources such as the library reserves or scientific journals, you must install the VPN client. Please see the information located on the Blink website for documentation.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I purchase Windows 10 and how much does it cost?

All computers running a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 are eligible to upgrade at no charge until July 29th, 2016.

For more information on how to upgrade, see Microsoft's Website.

Retail  copies are also available from online retailers and the UC San Diego Bookstore.

What version of Windows 10 should I purchase?

First, check to see if you're eligible to upgrade for free. If not, or if you're building a new computer, there are two editions of Windows 10 currently offered to consumers:

  • Windows 10 Home – The base version of Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Pro –  Contains all of the features of Windows 10, as well as the following features:
    • Remote Desktop Host – Ability to remotely control the computer from another Windows or Mac computer
    • BitLocker & EFS Encryption
    • Ability to join Windows Domains
    • System Virtualization – Full Hyper-V virtualization on 64-bit versions with compatible CPUs

Using the home Windows 10 edition will meet the academic needs for most students. The ability to access your computer remotely would be the primary advantage of installing Windows 10 Pro. And yes, the ResNet network currently allows students to access their computers remotely, on and off campus!

Can I run the Windows 10 Insider builds on my ResNet connected computer?

Yes, but keep in mind that these are test / beta builds, and some functions may not work correctly. ResNet only fully supports non-beta software, so if you run into trouble accessing UCSD resources while running the Insider builds, ResNet may be limited in its support.

Should I get the 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10

Any new computer purchased after around 2006 should be capable of running a 64-bit operating system. ResNet recommends the 64-bit version in order to take full advantage of your system's processing power and to increase RAM capacity, which is limited to 3.5 GB under the 32-bit operating system.

Essentially, using the 64-bit OS will allow you access to extra features and performance. All your 32-bit applications will run fine under the 64-bit operating system.