Final Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 2


Final Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 2

The desktop-less Windows 10 version reflected quite bravely on the Raspberry Pi 2 and opens up interesting possibilities developers. When access security, there is still pent-up demand.

Although the final version of Windows was 10 IoT not expected until the fall, Microsoft has now introduced in August on quite unspectacular way. After trying a prerelease version of the Raspberry Pi 2 in May, we want to know what has changed in the final version now. To anticipate: United are not the differences, but some of our criticisms of the pre-release version have disappeared.

On concept of Windows 10 IoT nothing was changed. It is the brainchild of Windows CE and Windows embedded various variants. Therefore a comparison with classic Linux distributions for the Raspberry Pi loses it already inherently. A desktop or even an unloved tile menu is missing, also GUI-based programs are not to be found in the installation, an App Store in sight. Clearly the focus is also on the longer list of sample projects that Microsoft presented at (Hobby) developers on its associated website. The focus is on the control of electronics using the Raspberry Pi and also supported Minnow Board Max.

Still different: the installation

The installation of prerelease diverged considerably from previous conventions that allow users to install an operating system on the Raspberry Pi. The final version makes it the users still do not simple: First, it is necessary to download an ISO file and mount to run the installation file contained therein. Two programs and the actual image file will be installed on your own computer. One of the programs, with the elongated name Windows IoT Image Helper, the user must now start. Thus, the image file is written to an SD card. This works contrary to the statement in the documentation without any problems under Windows 8.1.

Although the installation now more steps requires as in the pre-release version, it is still felt something liquid by hand. But that is mainly because there is no elongated command line call is necessary, its syntax probably forget non-Windows administrators immediately. The process is still cumbersome, as if it were really necessary. Why the pure image file and the SD card tool simply cannot directly and individually downloaded, remains incomprehensible.