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Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:35 pm
by DeltaX
Hi

I just read this:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/.....debut.html

I know Pi supports arm (only) , so will pi run Windows 8?

Sorry in case I just made 'another Windows topic', or if this was already dealt with in another topic.

Thanks

Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:41 pm
by Tass
You're right - this is unfortunately "another Windows topic", and one that's been discussed to death.  While Windows 8 will support ARM architecture, it will not inherently support this specific SoC, and the Foundation would need to convince MS to put in time and effort to support this specific device.  Something I'm sure you can image MS won't do without massive incentive.  Perhaps is there at 10 million Pi out there they might see some benefit in it, but for the time being it's simply not supported.

Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:42 pm
by rurwin
No. Windows 8 will only run on a more advanced version of the ARM than the one used in the Raspberry Pi.

And yes, this has been asked, and answered, before.

Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:47 pm
by rurwin
Tass said:


Perhaps is there at 10 million Pi out there they might see some benefit in it, but for the time being it's simply not supported.


Once they see the Raspberry Pi is a success and is being adopted by schools, my guess is that they will retaliate with Windows pricing deals and donated x86 PCs.

I doubt very much that they would develop Windows 8 or 9 to run on the RaspPi; they would rather kill it. Although in actual fact, the best way to kill it would be to put Windows on it. (See the eeePC.)

Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:50 pm
by Tass
rurwin said:

I doubt very much that they would develop Windows 8 or 9 to run on the RaspPi; they would rather kill it. Although in actual fact, the best way to kill it would be to put Windows on it. (See the eeePC.)

So very true - on both what their competitive tactic would be and what the actual outcome would be!

Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:13 pm
by birger
According to Microsofts demands for branding ARM based products as Win 8 compatible this will not happen.

For the ARM architecture, the Microsoft document lists as a requirement that the UEFI bootloader *must* be configured in safe mode meaning it will only boot operating systems with a signature built into the bootloader. There must be no way for the user to add new signatures or turn off safe mode.

For Intel the requirements are quite the opposite. On intel it is required that the user can turn off safe mode or add new signatures.

I guess the reason is that on ARM they will not face accusations of being a monopolist, so they can get away with it.

Re: MS announced ARM support for windows 8

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:32 pm
by abishur
If you feel like a topic might be 'just another topic about x" I'd suggest using the search feature of either the forum itself or the custom google site search located on the top right hand corner of the home page before you make the new topic

As the others are saying it will not run on the R-pi.  Even more if MS did make it compatible with the ARM chip being used by the r-pi is *still* wouldn't run as it doesn't have enough muscle to meet the minimum required specs.

Closing duplicate thread (though if you want to discuss this further I hope you'll seek out one of the other threads and talk about it there )