DEVELOPERS WITH TOO MUCH TIME on their hands have revealed an unofficial project to tickle the Nintendo Switch into running Windows 10 on ARM.
A developer going by the name of Ben, who was one of the people to get Windows 10 on ARM running on the Raspberry Pi, tweeted a pic of a Switch almost running a version of Windows 10 designed to run on ARM-based chip designs.
We say 'almost' because Ben's flurry of tweets did show that the Switch running Windows 10 had yet to fully boot to the main operating system. But Ben did manage to get to the 'Recovery' section of Windows 10 and noted that with some tweaks, fixes and bug squashing, the Switch could be fully coaxed into running Windows 10 on ARM.
Ben reckons there needs to be a "memory regions fix" and the undertaking "needs massive cleanup and bug fix, additional ACPI and USB work needed".
Hey Windows team / Nintendo, you know how to fix this right? 😜 pic.twitter.com/KmeneIT9eh— Ben | imbushuo (@imbushuo) 3 March 2019
While Nintendo is likely to be turning redder with rage at this, given it doesn't like folks messing with its console software and internals, it's not too surprising that someone could coax the Switch into at least displaying some Windows 10 bits.
That's because the Tegra X1 chipset that sits at the heart of the Switch is based on ARM chip designs and instruction sets. So it's not a huge leap to get Windows 10 on ARM running on the Tegra X1.
We're not exactly sure why you'd want to run Windows 10 on your Switch. Nintendo's own software is pretty decent and seems to be improving all the time.
But the project is an interesting one and indicates how hackable the Switch is, particularly due to an underlying bug in the Tegra X1 that appears to be unfixable unless you have a Switch with updated hardware. µ
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