How-to: Installing Windows 10 ARM64 (WOA) on your Raspberry Pi 3

Currently, there are 2 tools that will help you with this task.

WOA Deployer for Raspberry Pi 

This tool has been designed with simplicity in mind. It just works®

Recommended if you don’t want to worry about drivers, UEFI and other advanced options. It will do everything for you. You just only have to select the driver where you SD Card is located, select the .wim file of your Windows Image and click Deploy. Nothing more. Simple, isn’t it?

Windows on Raspberry imager

This tool offers different configuration options, it’s multi-language and allows you to customize the deployment, selecting drivers, and UEFI, and it allows to use .iso files directly. Recommended for advanced users.

More statistics

Two charts today. First a chart of the views by country since February 15. (To make it easier to read, I’ve arbitrarily cut off at the countries with more than 100 views.)

Countries with more than 100 views, in descending order of number of views

The geographic distribution is really interesting; the top 22 countries include six continents: Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, and Oceania.

More interesting, suppose we normalize by population, and rank by views per million of population:

Countries with more than 100 views, and views per million population

Interesting. In this view, many countries have more interest than the US. Netherlands is at the top of the rankings; Austria is second, Switzerland third, France drops to fourth, Canada jumps up to fifth. The US is in 13th place, basically the middle of the pack, and not much ahead of Poland and South Africa.

Where are people interested?

It’s interesting to look at the statistics for who’s visiting pi64.win over time.

Here’s a heat-map for visits since February 15:

Heat map of visits since 2-15

It’s not obvious from the map, but both Europe and Asia are ahead of North America for total visits.

Here’s how the % share of visits by region have trended over time:

Relative share of visits

Media Coverage 2019-02-23

raspberripi.mongonta.com posted again, this time describing how to boot from USB SSD or HDD. ラズパイでWindows10 on ARMを動かす(上級者向けUSBブート編) — translates as "Running Windows 10 on ARM at Raspai (Advanced USB Boot Edition)". Very careful, step-by-step procedure for doing the installation.

INpact-hardware posted about the project. Comment installer Windows 10 on ARM sur un Raspberry Pi 3 (microSD et USB) — translates as "How to install Windows 10 on ARM on a Raspberry Pi 3 (microSD and USB)". Most of the article is behind a paywall, but will be freely available in 30 days.

Update 2019-02-24: fix typo for INpact hardware, add note about their access policy.

Media coverage 2019-02-22

Well, let’s face it; it’s been ten days since we shipped, things (especially things USB) are working pretty well; we won’t get much more attention from the hacker/gamer world until there’s something new to announce. The initial flurry of articles is dying down; Mobile World Congress, folding phones and such are going to be getting all the attention over the next few days.

One article popped up since the last report: NotebookCheck.net from Austria published Raspberry Pi 3: It is now possible to install Windows 10 on the single-board computer, by Alex Alderson. Generally favorable.

New Video 2019-02-21

Don Hui/NovaspiritTech posted a new video of booting Win10 ARM64 on a Pi3 from an SSD. Very nice! (Thanks for mentioning MCCI and ]The Things Network New York](https://thethings.nyc).) Some good benchmarks. It’s clear that for some use cases, with some tuning, this is not an entirely a crazy idea.

Thanks, Don!

Media Coverage 2019-02-19

Here’s today’s roundup: an article from Forbes (overlooked till now), and an article on tuning.

Forbes: Microsoft’s Windows 10 Now Runs On This $35 Device by Jason Evangelho

Jason installed the early build. Comments on his Twitter feed suggest that tuning is needed; it’s clear that he was disappointed with the performance.

He might have benefited from the next article.

On the Winside: Making your #WindowsInsider run better & secure – with Raspberry PI!, by Murray Wall

Murray wrote a nice article about tuning up his installation. He even got Bitlockr working. His tips (summarized):

  • Control Panel > System > Performance Options > Adjust for best performance.
  • Uninstall Onedrive
  • Stop Windows Search Service

See any good articles we missed? DM us at @Pi64Win, or comment on this article on discourse.pi64.win.

Media Coverage 2019-02-18

A new deployment video for booting from SSD. Plus several articles from Japan.

Video

Anthony Talerico: How to install Windows 10 and run an SSD on the Raspberry Pi 3

A half-hour, detailed step-by-step on setting up a Pi 3 to boot Windows from a USB SSD.

Some Posts from Japan

There has been a lot of interest in Japan; so we’ve collected a few of the posts.

togetter: Windows 10 runs on a Raz-Pi 3, by Oskana Taro

This is a how-to, stepping people through the process of doing a WoA install (prior to V2). 24,000 views, 130+ tweets, similar number of shares on other social media. Wow.

Gigazine: Anyone can easily install 64-bit ARM version of Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 3

Shorter, more new and analysis. Lots of Facebook shares.

raspberrypi.mongonta.com: Installing Windows 10 on ARM: Successful but not Easy

He’s right, it wasn’t easy when he did it — he did it with the very early tools. It’s getting better and will get better yet. (Bless him, he mentioned MCCI.)

raspberrypi.mongonta.com: Troubles and countermeasures when inserting Windows 10 on ARM into Raspai

Lots more detail on low-level sysadmin things — worth glancing at if you’re having troubles, even if you have to use machine translation.

WOA Deployer (AKA WoA Installer 2.0) has been released!

I’m proud to announce the first public release of WOA Deployer for Raspberry Pi. I’ve been working hard to bring it to you, dear community. I hope you like it as much as I do.

The main features are:

  • No More Core Packages® This means that you will not have to worry about them. Everything is downloaded fresh. You’ll get all the goodness automatically.
  • New compressed deployment option. It allows your Windows installation to be compressed and save space on your SD Card.
  • All disks are now shown in the Drive Selection. You can use an SSD if you wish

You can check for releases here: https://github.com/WOA-Project/WOA-Deployer-Rpi/releases

NOTICE: As you may already have guessed, WoA Installer has been replaced by WOA Deployer, so it’s now deprecated. I recommend you to use WOA Deployer for all your deployments from now on 😊

Who’s stopping by?

WordPress gives some statistics (like google analytics but faster and less creepy) about who’s visiting the site from where. Here’s a map of the last 24 hours or so:

Traffic on 2019-02-17

It’s really interesting to me that France is ahead of the US for visits today, and that Japan is number three. In the last few days, Europe has been ahead of North America, and visits from Asia have been quite close to, or slightly ahead of, North America. (The traffic from France led me to search for articles from France, and sure enough, there have ben a lot of posts in the last few days; see today’s media summary.)

I’m also intrigued by the traffic from South Africa and Brazil. My personal goal for this project is to get real computers in the hands of people who otherwise could never afford it: not for YouTube and entertainment, but rather for productivity apps. You can’t write a paper on a smart phone, or create any other kind of text-heavy content.

After we get a week or so of data, I’ll publish my spreadsheet so people can poke around in the information for themselves.

What do you think? Any surprises here for you? Any ideas on how to stimulate traffic from other areas?

Media Coverage 2019-02-17

Here’s today’s round-up: seven posts and probably more that I didn’t notice.

Quan.ithome.com, in Mandarin Chinese

Step by step instructions for using the WoR installer to set up a system. Used the WoR approach. The file names in the screenshot are a little worrying as the driver files seem to be from September, and the screen doesn’t show the step of adding the USB drivers. But maybe that’s just the file name.

Reddit

This is an interesting use case: using the Raspberry Pi as a low-power download engine for Steam games. I hadn’t thought of that, but it’s true, there are probably numerous use cases like this (cloud backup, local file caching, etc.) where performance is not critical but compatibility is.

Like many early posts, these both use the complicated setup procedure. Since the USB driver downloads serve as a landing page, I updated that page to also give instructions for the WoA download.

Overseas and older posts

Puzzled by the traffic we’re seeing from France (#1 in the world!), I decided to do an advanced Google search. I found lots of articles.

01net: Vous pouvez désormais installer Windows 10 sur un Raspberry Pi, by Geoffroy Ondet

Points to the WoA installer, and to our hub.

Begeek: Il est possible de faire tourner Windows 10 sur un Raspberry pi 3!

Top-level analysis, not so much of a maker piece. But goes into details and links to github.

Géneration Nouvelles Technologies: Windows 10 sur Raspberry Pi 3, c’est désormais possible!

Pictures of working systems plus links to github.

phonandroid.com: Un Raspberry Pi sous Windows 10: c’est désormais possible

Analysis, pictures of working systems, links to github.

Windows Latest

Posted on the same day we released the drivers. So everyone there was handicapped by the difficult early install. Got picked up by several other sites.