When Windows 8 was released in October 2012, the most recent version of GEMPACK was Release 11.1 (May 2012). Therefore, GEMPACK versions up to Release 11.1 do not officially support Windows 8 or 10 (since they did not exist when they were released). Nevertheless, we have found that GEMPACK Release 11 (and later) perform on Windows 8 or 10 just the same as on Windows 7.
Since then, GEMPACK Release 11.3 (January 2015) was tested with Windows 8.1, and GEMPACK Release 11.4 (January 2016) was tested with Windows 10.
However, as of June 2016, Windows 8 and 10 have been adopted by few workplaces. So our experience of these is rather limited. It is possible that new problems may be noticed (and, we hope, reported ).
A new PC bought for personal use is likely to come with Windows 10 -- which has a new interface that many find annoying. However, with practice, aided by tips and perhaps a free third-party addon you can soon be productive again!
GEMPACK Release 11 and later are supported and have been extensively used under Windows 7.
When Windows 7 was released in October 2009, the most recent version of GEMPACK was Release 10.0-001 (April 2009). Therefore, GEMPACK versions up to Release 10.0-001 do not officially support Windows 7 (since it did not exist when they were released).
Nevertheless, we have found that GEMPACK Release 10 (and later) perform on Windows 7 just the same as on Vista. So far as we know, for GEMPACK purposes, Windows 7 has no particular advantage over Vista.
There have been reports that you need to upgrade your Intel compiler for use on Windows 7 (more details here). However, we have not observed a problem.
If you are moving to Windows 7, 8 or 10, you should move to 64-bit Windows at the same time. There is some advice on that here.
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