Brigham Health has begun rolling out Windows 10 to all eligible Partners standard desktops and laptops. The upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Department leaders will be notified in advance of their expected upgrade date and will have the opportunity to discuss department requirements with IS. Upgrades will not happen without a department’s approval. The IS team is working to certify all applications used by Brigham Health users for Windows 10.

The Windows 10 Private build is now available; this version of Windows 10 is used for faculty and staff who have a dedicated computer or laptop. Clinical and Kiosk builds of Windows 10 — which are used for shared, clinical workstations — are scheduled to roll out in the coming months.

Select departments that do not require the Clinical build may be candidates for early adoption.


To prepare for the Windows 10 upgrade, all Brigham faculty and staff should:

  • Ensure all files are stored on the network or your home (H:) drive or a shared file area (i.e., not a local drive, such as your Windows desktop or C: drive). Review this tip sheet to learn more about how to back up local files to your home drive.
  • Be sure to have valid licensing for any self-installed software so that you can reinstall it after the upgrade. If you aren’t sure if you have self-installed software or need additional guidance, please email Brigham Health Windows 10 Support.
  • Contact your department PAS key-giver to have access removed for applications no longer needed for your job. If you are unaware of who your department PAS key-giver is, please consult your manager.

More Information

To learn more about new features and functionality with Windows 10, visit the Partners HealthCare Windows 10 Resource Center. For information specific to the Windows 10 rollout at Brigham Health, visit the Brigham Health IS Portal.

Additional details will be communicated to faculty and staff throughout the upgrade. For questions or concerns, contact the Brigham Health Windows 10 team at