Windows 10 compatability


With Windows 10 releasing soon I just wanted to check that Scrivener will work ok if I update my OS when given the opportunity.

I’m curious too.


I certainly didn’t try all features, but I can tell you it installs fine and basic functionality works.


I’m interested in this tidbit from a TechRadar article this morning:

"On the first day, Microsoft EVP of Operating Systems Terry Myerson surprised the crowd when he announced that Windows 10 will support apps written for iOS and Android. That is, with some reworking, of course. "

Although I would have Scrivener for Windows, might we also get access to the iOS Scrivener app when it appears?

Yup, I’m testing Win10 and Scriv works fine in it.

This is a meaningless statement. “Some reworking” could mean anything from “no more effort than a new model phone” to “huge multi-year development effort.”

Remember that Steve Jobs announced, with great fanfare, that iOS was “like OS X.” We all know how accurate that turned out to be.


Thanks guys. Reassuring to know that it all works fine

The caveat that I should add: Win10 suffers from the same issue that earlier Windows releases have: problems scaling to high resolution monitors. The native scaling settings will fix text, taskbar and icon size, but not any defined window dimensions. As such, Scriv (like most software Ive tried), has problems if you use the scaling function to resolve issues with legibility on these monitors.

I solve this by using a lower resolution setting instead of the scaling function, which works great, but it’s a shame to have to do so.

As I mentioned above, this is no change from the position on Windows 8 (and earlier versions).

I thought I should post a recent faulty interaction between Scrivener and Windows 10.

I’m running Technical Preview Release 10130, the latest release on the “fast” track. Scrivener has worked flawlessly on other previews until this one. When I went to export files, attempting to open the browser window to change target folders resulted in an immediate crash of Scrivener. There was no file corruption, etc, and everything started up again just fine. None of my other Scrivener tasks have been affected…saves and backups work just fine.

There is a known problem with this release on my machine, a Microsoft Surface Pro i5/4GB RAM/128GB drive, where Explorer.exe will crash and need to be restarted from the Task Manager, but this did not appear to be related to the Scrivener problem, as Explorer was running fine and was still running after Scrivener crashed.

I’ll keep a watch on this as time (and preview releases) goes on!

UPDATE: Right around the time I say “Scrivener is working fine on Win10,” it stops working, for the first time ever!

I’m running tech preview release 10130 on a Surface Pro 3 i5/4GB/128GB. Except for the problem changing the export folder mentioned previously, Scrivener was working fine. Yesterday, it stopped working…it sometimes doesn’t start, and sometimes starts then simply crashes. I haven’t tried reinstalling yet, but it behaves the same if installed on my C:\ drive or if running from a fast USB drive.

I will report more when I have something to share.

I did a Windows 10 “reset” last night, which reinstalled Windows 10 and wiped all my installed software, but not my personal files. Scrivener is working as it should in all respects after this reset, but it worked great for a few days after I upgraded from 10074 to 10130 as well, so we’ll see.

I read today that after doing the update from 7 or 8.1, it’s possible to do a clean install. So, the options also include a ‘reset’ wherein it wipes out everything on the drive except personal files (ie. everything in the Users folder)?

Yes, the ‘reset’ option is also available in Windows 8.x. Once a version of Windows is installed, you can go to the recovery options and choose a reset, which will reinstall the current version of Windows from the original install files you should have on your hard drive. You can choose whether or not you want it to keep your data files or not. It will wipe out all installed software (including Store software) and reset all options back to the default. On Windows 10 at least it will also wipe out your previous version of Windows, which is often left on the drive in case you want to roll back, but it will warn you before starting the process.

Thanks for the info, Lee.

My only worry with such a method is that I may want to roll back to Win7, and if this deletes those files, then it would be much harder to do so. I have backup images, but I’m not sure what the process will involve on Microsoft’s side if I don’t like Win10.

1: If you originally installed from a disc, just hang onto it and reinstall from there.

2: If you didn’t get a disc, but you have a license (which I’m assuming you do) you should be able to get a disc from the manufacturer of your computer (assuming it was a name brand such as Dell, IBM, Lenovo, or whatever). The manufacturer must provide a disc (at a nominal fee) to anyone who requests one.

3: The only other option I can think of is that you bought the parts and had your computer dealer assemble it. In that case, you would have (or at least, should have) received a disc with your computer… and in that case, see option 1 above.

From Windows Vista on (IIRC) OEMs that don’t include recovery disks are supposed to include the option to either purchase one for minimal cost, or create your own recovery disks via the media burner. Check to see if your machine has a “create recovery disks” utility.