Raspberry Pi 3

The Raspberry Pi has caught the attention of geek out there as it aims to bring a proper computing experience for just $35. Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer and the price varies from $5 to $35.

Raspberry Pi functions as a proper desktop computer but it runs Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows optimized for smaller devices. Windows 10 IoT is a great choice for developers, but for the everyday consumer, it is apparently not the best choice.

Microsoft wants Windows 10 to run on every type of computing device and the company has been lately trying to make Windows more modular. Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM initiative brought the company’s desktop operating system to devices with Snapdragon chipsets.

It looks like you can now finally install a full version of Windows 10 intended for ARM devices on Raspberry Pi 3.

After launching Windows 10 on ARM for Lumia 950 and 950 XL handsets, the same group of third-party developers have also created WoA installer which brings Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM experience to Raspberry Pi 3.

As the name suggestions, the tool is an installer and it allows you to run the full version of Windows 10 ARM on your Raspberry Pi 3.

On the Github page, developer José Manuel Nieto says that the tool has been designed with simplicity in mind and you don’t need to worry about drivers, UEFI and other advanced options because the installer does almost everything for you.

“WoA Installer is only a tool with helps you with the deployment. WoA Installer needs a set of binaries, AKA the Core Package, to do its job. These binaries are not mine and are bundled and offered just for convenience to make your life easier, since this tool is focused on simplicity,” José Manuel Nieto ‏explains on the Github page.

WoA installer

How to install Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi 3

You can use this third-party installer if you have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (or B+) and MicroSD card with the A1 rating. To install Windows 10 ARM on Raspberry Pi 3, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download the Windows 10 ARM image, WoA installer and Core Packages from here.
  2. Run WoA Installer and go to the Advanced section.
  3. Click on ‘Import Core Package’ option and select the package directly.
  4. After importing, you will be allowed to use deploy Windows option.

The work of a few enthusiasts allows almost anyone to install Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi 3 devices and extend the device’s productivity in a smarter way.

Disclaimer: We make no claims in this article and shall not be held responsible for anything. The article is based on the Github page and internet reports.

  • JohnW

    The YouTube video is 8 months old.

    • Mayank Parmar

      Yes but the WoA Installer is new.

  • vivek

    Does this work on RPi 3A+? If not how to make it work by any change?

    • Mayank Parmar

      No, not at the moment. It only supports the 3B/B+.

  • Blue__Bear

    Will this work on all ARM devices, i.e., Orange Pi, Nano Pi, Rock64, or is limited to Raspberry Pi only?

    • Mayank Parmar

      Limited to Raspberry Pi lineup only.

  • christophe barbier

    And what about performance and user experience ?

    • Mayank Parmar

      The performance is obviously not great. Windows 10 on ARM is designed for current generation Snapdragon processor, as a result, the boot time will be longer than usual (perhaps a minute) on Raspberry Pi 3.

  • Mike O’Neill

    Bitdefender Total Security Advanced Threat Defense on my Windows 10 Laptop quarantined and blocked Installer.Raspberry.Application.exe and 16 of its installation component files. Anyone else seeing this problem?

    • Victor Trigueiro Pereira

      1 thing antiviruses eat cpu you should remove it, If you don’t want to do it, just disable it Its not a virus or anything like that, That is called a false detection.

  • Zach Huff

    How long should this take to boot? Its been loading for 15 min now with “getting ready” spinning dots.

    • Mayank Parmar

      Should take a little longer than usual.

      • Zach Huff

        Yeah I have blue screened 3 times. Any thoughts?