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Author:  Cosmo [ Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Windows on Nintendo Switch

A few weeks ago I saw some pictures of Windows 10 ARM running on the Nintendo Switch. That got me thinking, are there earlier versions of Windows built for ARM that would work? I highly doubt it, but that would honestly be great to see.

Author:  MrBurgerKing [ Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows on Nintendo Switch

Cosmo wrote:
A few weeks ago I saw some pictures of Windows 10 ARM running on the Nintendo Switch. That got me thinking, are there earlier versions of Windows built for ARM that would work? I highly doubt it, but that would honestly be great to see.


Embedded/IOT versions of Windows, Windows Mobile/Windows Phone, Windows RT, and insider previews of Windows Server 2019 were all compiled for ARM, however whether or not they will work, and how well, depends on a lot of factors.
Did you see pictures of it running natively? I could only find people trying but failing to install it, or running emulation on top of linux.

The guy in the video used a UEFI bootloader to get to the install screen, which is available here:
https://github.com/imbushuo/NintendoSwitchPkg
And the firmware for graphics is available here:
https://github.com/imbushuo/Coreboot
So anyone who has a jailbroken switch and a lot of free time could try it out, but there isn't any practical reason to do so. The developer reported that Joycons, the touchscreen, gpu acceleration, internal emmc storage, usb and the side button are all non functional.
If you want a Windows tablet, it's better to just buy one.

Author:  Cosmo [ Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows on Nintendo Switch

Yes, in the end it would be better to just have a regular Windows tablet. If someone was really willing to develop something like Windows on the Switch it would take a lot of work, and probably wouldn't be very useful because it's Windows 10 ARM. Anyways, thanks for the reply, I like seeing other people's thoughts on this kind of stuff!

Author:  GoldSolitude [ Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows on Nintendo Switch

Its actually a really cool proof-of-concept but there isn't going to much drivers for it i guess nor will it be actually really usable or viable i think. These are only for the old exploitable switch's right? I'm not really too up to date on switch hax.

Author:  Cosmo [ Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Windows on Nintendo Switch

Well, a few new switches can do it. But they need a pretty specific firmware version. So yeah, basically only old exploitable ones work for now. I actually have one here.

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