Windows 10 desktop on Raspberry Pi 3 some open source

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Windows 10 desktop on Raspberry Pi 3 some open source

Post by Ancient » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:11 pm

There has been some interest in running ReactOS on ARM processors. There has been for a while an ARM variant of Windows 10 (both IOT and Desktop). The more recent Windows 10 ARM desktop versions include X86 emulation where needed. The Raspberry Pi 3 is a bit old at this point, has only micro SD, USB 2, and 1 GB of RAM on a low power ARM CPU with a weak GPU. So it wouldn't even qualify as a decent mid tier cell phone today.

That said over here - is an implementation which is partially open source to install Windows 10 Pro (64 bit) onto a Raspberry Pi 3 (warning it is very very slow). My thought wasn't so much about how this helps Microsoft, but may help guide those trying to implement ReactOS on ARM hardware.

A video describing a semi-technical person (not fully computer scientist imo) installing Windows 10 onto his Raspberry Pi 3 is here - I have no involvement with either the open source project linked or with the producer of the video other than as an observer to each.

This is posted as it may be helpful to guide those seeking installation of ReactOS on ARM hardware. These folks seem to have at least cracked some compatibility issues. There is a source directory with a number of files, which may help provide a framework for ReactOS developers.

Windows 10 runs poorly in part due to heavy reliance on it's SD card, a USB 2 boot drive would probably work better as disk I/O seems to be really bad. USB boot on a Raspberry Pi is somewhat easy to configure. To me this was a bit funny as booting from flash has been at issue here for a while, but it spills over to Raspberry Pi's as well (see projects like OpenHAB which strongly encourage flash drive boot on Raspberry Pi's).

Regardless the pro's here undoubtedly know how to accomplish flash boot on a Raspberry Pi 3 as it's an text file option in the boot record built into the system on chip IIRC.

Good luck to you all!

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Re: Windows 10 desktop on Raspberry Pi 3 some open source

Post by EmuandCo » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:03 pm

This one is more useful. Tested and works fine.
ReactOS is still in alpha stage, meaning it is not feature-complete and is recommended only for evaluation and testing purposes.

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