The Raspberry Pi line of computers can run a wide range of software including a variety of GNU/Linux distributions and Google Android. But while Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core can also run on a Raspberry Pi, there’s officially no way to run a full-fledged desktop version of Windows on the tiny, low-power computer.

Unofficially though…

Dutch developer Bas Timmer (@NTAuthority) has posted a few images on Twitter showing Windows 10 running on a Raspberry Pi 3 computer with a Broadcom BCM2837 ARMv8 processor.

Up until recently it would have been nearly impossible to get Windows 10 up and running on a device with an ARM-based processor, but with Microsoft officially adding support for ARM chips in an upcoming release, it looks like Timmer managed to shoehorn a version of the OS onto the Raspberry Pi.

He notes that the operating system is currently only using one of the processor’s four CPU cores, which may be part of the reason the OS runs so slowly. And after using Windows 10 for a little while he got an”UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” error message.

In other words, you probably don’t want to use Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi 3… at least not yet. But it’s certainly fascinating to see that it’s possible for the OS to run at all on a $35 computer.

It also supports x86 emulation, which means you can run Windows applications that aren’t natively compiled to run on devices ARM-based processors.

via WinFuture

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9 replies on “Hacker gets Windows 10 up and running on a Raspberry Pi 3 (sort of)”

  1. I am using windows 7 ultimate it is very good windows. But sometimes it is not working properly it does not support any USB devices. I was also checked out because they provide technical support but after some face same error so could you suggest me what can I do? But I am also checked out
    Apple Support Number because it provides technical support.

  2. This is actually pretty cool, I would love to use my Raspberry Pi 3 as a full Windows desktop PC that’s still capable of running x86 Win32 desktop apps.

    1. Well, seeing how this chugs along you can install it on a Pentium 3 and get roughly the same experience 🙂

    1. Raspberry Pi team refuse to put a more powerful SoC on offer. It’s always a compromise when it comes to CPU, GPU, RAM, DSP, Radios, Storage speeds.

      Hence a RiPi is only suitable for hobbies or Internet of Things, not for general purpose or personal computing needs. It’s also not very good for a TV Box, but makes for okay Modem/Home Server Package handling tasks.

      I certainly thinks there’s a decent niche (under US$200) for a Raspberry Pi with something very powerful (as long as the documentation, source codes, drivers, and community support are there).

      1. Other solutions exist for what you want. Raspberry pi’s community is big because they sell a $35 hobbyist board. If they sold a $200 board the community would be exactly the same as it is for boards that already exist in that range.

      2. The driving force behind a Ras Pi is the vast ecosystem built around it so if someone is new in hardware DIY (hacking) can get the job done pretty painlessly. If you need processing power, you can get much faster devboards for cheaper, but chances you’ll get awful or non-existent support and a smaller community (if any) and you’ll have to do a lot more research for your project. Which is fine, part of the charm for a DIY project is figuring out things for yourself and not being the thousandth person to do the same garage-door opener or gameboy emulator.

      3. A lesser processor also means less power and for the general projects suited for the RPi, it makes for smaller power requirements. This makes it a greener solution (and easier to power through battery or solar). If you want more computing power, there’s no shortage of other options.

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