You can now install Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi 3

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The WoA Installer for Raspberry Pi 3 enables installing Windows 10 on the credit card size computer. The WoA Installer for Raspberry Pi 3 is made by the same members who brought Windows 10 ARM to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL.

Where to start?

To get started, you need Raspberry Pi 3 Model B or B+, a microSD card of at least class 1, and a Windows 10 ARM64 Image which you can get from GitHub. You also need a recent version of Windows 10 and .NET Framework 4.6.1. The WoA Installer is just a tool which helps you to deploy Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3. WoA Installer needs the Core Package in order to run. You can find them listed on the GitHub page.

Specification comparison

Regarding specifications, the minimum requirements for Windows 10 is:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS

The Raspberry Pi 3B+ has specifications just good enough to run Windows 10:

  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2837B0 quad-core A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit @ 1.4GHz

While this sounds good, a Hacker news user points out: “Caution: To do this you need to run a rat’s nest of a batch file that runs a bunch of different code obtained from the web.
If you’re going to try this, try on devices you don’t care about. Or spend innumerable hours auditing code. Pass — for now.

You can check out the GitHub page for more instructions.

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