Raspberry Pi 3 will soon run Windows 10 — if Microsoft allows it

Madalina Dinita
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The Raspberry Pi 3 is a mini-computer which can be used to power a wide range of devices in day-to-day life. Mostly used by students and hobbyists, the Raspberry Pi 3 has the potential to become a very popular computer provided Microsoft agrees to offer Windows 10 as an option.

This mini-computer already runs Windows 10 IoT Core, a downsized version of Windows 10 for Internet of Things devices. The Raspberry Pi 3 is already being used to provide computing power for smart devices such as robots and drones, and the Windows 10 desktop OS could help it to enter many more fields.

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Despite its size, this mini-computer sports a 64-bit ARM processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a high-definition graphics processor. The only thing it needs to become more popular among users is a popular OS with a user-friendly interface such as Windows 10.

The problem is that Windows 10 is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi 3. Windows 10 only supports x86 chips, while Windows 10 Mobile is compatible only with Qualcomm-based ARM processors.

In other words, if Microsoft wants to bring Windows 10 to the Raspberry Pi 3, it needs to make one of its operating systems compatible with this tiny computer.

So far, the partnership between Microsoft and Raspberry has been a successful one, but it seems the tech giant is not interested is directing resources to design a version of Windows 10 compatible with the Raspberry Pi. Perhaps the Redmond giant will do so after the Anniversary Update is launched, as the company’s resources are now mainly directed to improving the Windows 10 user experience.

“It’s Microsoft’s decision. I would love it if Microsoft would do that. I’d love to see it”, says Raspberry founder Eben Upton.

You can buy the Raspberry Pi 3 mini-PC from the Microsoft Store for $49.99.

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  • If you need Windows on Pi, why not to use Windows thin client for Pi solutions. All my computers in network worked on Wtware, now all my RaspPis work on Wtware for free. And it’s not slow at all.

  • This is about the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. What a waste of time. The title should have been “The sun will rise in the west tomorrow if God wants it to”.

  • If you are running any form of raspberry pi why would you want to slow it down with windows. Ubuntu is great. I run it on everything I want to run efficiently.

  • Win10 easy? Really? I had not upgraded since XP and when my last XP machine died I went merrily along using my Pi model B and all of the marvelous *free* software available for it. When changes at my wife’s work required us to get a Win box I went straight to Walmart and bought an average desktop. What a shock. Where was the easy-to-use UI I’d once known? This was NOT my Windows. There is NOTHING easy or familiar about it and there are so many things at the system level you can no longer do or patch because doing so presents a “security risk”. What it does want to do quite handily is report everything that I do back to a number of anonymous servers. That’s not security.
    Give me the latest Raspbian release and the familiar LX desktop any day. I play Mechwarrior on the PC and use the Pi for everything else meaningful.

  • number one why would you want to run it on a rasp when theres better os,s , ohh and why when it would be sooo slooowwwwwww , that would make people sell there raspberry or hit it with a hammer , plus android is coming and also u can use an ace os called Ubuntu better than windowzeeeeee

  • Thank you for the accurate analysis.

    The issue with porting the full version of Windows 10 to ARM architecture is no trivial matter, and if it were done, suddenly it would become available to countless ARM devices, not just Raspberry Pi. But as you pointed out, this article was about generating ad revenue, not presenting news.

    • Note that they did not use the technical term “minicomputer”. They hyphenated it, so the “mini-” only implies small, which is certainly valid. Actually, the RPi is far more competent than were even the most advanced models of PDP-11s. I am very familiar with both. The RPi will function as a low-end personal computer in today’s world. (I can’t believe I am defending any aspect of such a poor article.)

  • The only thing it needs to become more popular among users is a popular OS with a user-friendly interface such as Windows 10.

    Because all the popular kids run Windows 10?