PC SAS 9.4 on Windows 10

By | March 12, 2015

SAS logo pms 285S mark black SAS JPEGI have been playing with the Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 for a couple of months now. It is installed on both my Surface Pro 3 tablet and on a desktop PC. Things have been very smooth and I have nothing but positive things to say about it. I can’t wait for the RTM version!

I installed PC SAS 9.4 on one of the Win10 computers to see if the two played nicely together. In the past couple of days of testing, I haven’t run into a single issue. Performance is outstanding, and I have not yet seen any signs of incompatibility, maybe because SAS thinks it is running on Windows 8 (see screen shots below)! Also, check out the “This PC” icon in the Explorer window. Microsoft is catching a lot of heat for the new icons introduced in Win10.

PC SAS on Windows 10 - editor

PC SAS on Windows 10 - proc reg

PC SAS on Windows 10

I’m going to continue to play with PC SAS 9.4 and Enterprise Guide 6.1 as well. I’ll keep you posted.

6 thoughts on “PC SAS 9.4 on Windows 10

  1. Amanda

    I was wondering if you have run into any issues with SAS 9.4 and Windows 10 now that some time has passed? I need to use the program for my graduate courses, but don’t want to miss out on the upgrade. Also, do you know if there is a way to run both Windows 8 and Windows 10 on the computer if compatibility becomes an issue?
    Thank you!

  2. Mei Yi

    Hello, I had SAS 9.4 installed on my Windows 7 home premium computer, and a few days ago I upgraded to Windows 10. When I open SAS 9.4 , the log shows that my OS is recognized as x64_8PRO like yours, but I am unable to open any SAS program I created previously or create a new program. I get this message:
    “SAS OLE: Object’s class is not registered in the registration database. The application necessary to activate this object is unavailable. Would you like to convert it to or activate it as another type of object using Convert…?”
    If I click “yes” I get this message:
    “There is no object selected for conversion.”
    Your advice is much appreciated on how I can get SAS to work on my computer now.
    Thank you!

  3. Fred Janssen Post author


    A comprehensive description of how to dual-boot Windows 8 and 10 can be found here: http://www.howtogeek.com/197647/how-to-dual-boot-windows-10-with-windows-7-or-8/. Howtogeek is a great resource with easy to understand tips.

    As far as Windows 10 and SAS 9.4M2 compatibility goes, I have had more success making this combination work that I have with previous early releases of Windows. While I have only installed SAS on one Windows 10 PC and have had no issues at all, I can’t say that is representative of all systems, so I will do additional testing on another PC and my Surface 3 Pro in the next few days and let you know how it went.

  4. Fred Janssen Post author


    A little Googling points to a couple of possibilities. In the past, a bad installation of the SAS Enhanced Editor can cause your error. SAS recommended that a reinstallation could potentially fix the problem. The other possible cause could be a corrupt Windows system file. Run the Windows System File Checker to determine this.

    Steps to perform sfc scan:
    a. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.
    b. Click Continue or supply Administrator credentials if prompted.
    c. In the Command Prompt window type the following, and press Enter:
    sfc /scannow
    Refer this KB article for more information:

    If neither of these solutions work for you, open a track with SAS Tech Support.

  5. Mei Yi

    Hi Fred, thank you for the quick response. My SAS 9.4 was running fine on my Windows 7 until I upgraded to Windows 10 so I don’t think it’s a bad installation or corrupt file. In any case, I contacted SAS Tech Support and they said SAS 9.4 hasn’t been made compatible with Windows 10 and I should revert back to Windows 7. I did–it’s easy to go back to Windows 7 or 8 within a month of installing Windows 10–and my SAS 9.4 works just fine now. I’ll wait until SAS makes their next version compatible with Windows 10 before upgrading to Windows 10. You’re very lucky to have your SAS work on WIndows 10!

  6. Fred Janssen Post author

    Everything is still rocking along for me. Of course I did a clean install of SAS 9.4 on Windows 10, so SAS didn’t have to survive an upgrade. I hope to have 9.4M3 deployed soon so we will see how that works.


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