robert-harris1996
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windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Thu May 24, 2012 6:34 pm

Hello. I am thinking about buying a raspberry pi and i was wondering if you could install windows 7 or windows vista on the product

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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Thu May 24, 2012 7:11 pm

Short answer = NO - search the forum for Windows for other short answers.
Expanded answer = the language the chip uses is different - it speaks ARM, Windows needs x86
Microsoft are bringing out Windows 8 for ARM but the version of ARM they are using is the next step up from the one used in the Pi.

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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Thu May 24, 2012 7:48 pm

Actually, the answer is "Yes, you can install it - and run it", but it will take forever to do so.
And some folks need to stop being fanboys and see the forest behind the trees.

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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Thu May 24, 2012 8:41 pm

Whilst technically correct Joe, it would be useful to expand on your clever answer by pointing out that it would be via emulation which isn't really what the OP had in mind.

And for Windows 7 that emulation may well be impossible due to lack of memory.

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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Thu May 24, 2012 9:30 pm

Joe Schmoe wrote:Actually, the answer is "Yes, you can install it - and run it", but it will take forever to do so.
It's possible in the same way as it's possible to race in Nascar with a cheese powered car. Pointless.
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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Thu May 24, 2012 11:07 pm

If a post mentions "windows" or "microsoft".. could we first ask the user read a summary or something before he gets to post?

I'm getting tired to these posts as they are more pointless than the usual.

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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Fri May 25, 2012 11:24 pm

cheery wrote:If a post mentions "windows" or "microsoft".. could we first ask the user read a summary or something before he gets to post?

I'm getting tired to these posts as they are more pointless than the usual.

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Re: windows 7 operating system or windows vista

Sat May 26, 2012 12:30 am

People who always ask without doing even little bit of research of their own are the most helpless sort of people. Besides this detrimental behavior doesn't only hurt them, but also those who really try to get answers to hard things. All those questions that would need expert help will end up into spam made by search luddites.

google: raspberry pi windows. The question appears to be have been answered not only in the FAQ, but also in the forums quite pre-emptively.

I know some people want to interact, but there's so much better ways to do it than ask something frequently answered without studying the earlier answers.

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