Windows 10 (core) on Raspberry Pie II

Windows 10 (core) on Raspberry Pie II

I was literally swamped at work during the last weeks. Although it is a good problem to have, it doesn’t let too much room to work on your projects. As you might remember, I’ve installed an earlier version of the Core Windows OS on Galileo. It was really cool and promising. Since, Microsoft has released a newer version of Windows (10 Core) to be run on devices. I decided to give it a try last week, and picked the Raspberry Pie II since I was interested on how it will be different from the Galileo experience, especially because the Pie is not headless. Here are few learning I can share with you since you might be interested in doing it too. Let’s say it upfront, this release – I need to check it on the Galileo too, but I do not believe it is Pie related – has much more needs. First, you will need a Windows 10 machine (you can get the insider preview of Windows 10). Then, you can install the OS on a micro SD (8+GB). Once this is done, you can boot your Pie. The cool thing is that were you were dependent on the Galileo watcher to easily ID your device, the Pie displays it all for you. But that’s it. You can change two OS settings, restart and shutdown from the Windows 10 “UI”, but that’s all you will be able to do with the mouse. To develop – what you really should do with this setup -, you will finally have to download the preview of Visual Studio 2015 (on the PC, not the Pie). But that’s not all, you also have to perform some contortions to configure your Windows 10 system – the one you needed first place – as a development system. Let’s bet that all this will go away as the systems matures. But overall, I lost the spontaneity and the impression of freedom I had with my very first experience with Windows Core on Galileo. Last bit of info, you do no need a keyboard, a mouse will suffice (no support for wireless devices at this time). To be continued.