Windows 10X has already been installed on a MacBook and a Surface Go

Windows 10X on a MacBook.

Microsoft’s Windows 10X operating system isn’t even out yet, but it’s already been installed on a MacBook and a Surface Go. The software maker released its Windows 10X emulator earlier this week, and people have managed to take this OS image and extract it and tweak it on real hardware.

One developer has installed Windows 10X on a MacBook, and a brief video shows that it appears to run well. Microsoft is designing Windows 10X to run on dual-screen devices, but it simply treats the MacBook as a single display and splits it in half so apps run on either side. It even appears to support casting to external displays.

Another developer managed to get Windows 10X running on Microsoft’s Surface Go device, even though driver support is minimal. There’s a full guide for the steps to install Windows 10X on real hardware, but you’ll need to be familiar with PowerShell commands, hard drive partitioning, and a lot more if you want to experiment. Given how early Windows 10X is, we’d highly recommend not trying to install it on real hardware unless you really enjoy playing with beta software and can easily recover the original operating system on your device.

Microsoft is planning to release Windows 10X later this year on dual-screen devices. It will be preinstalled on tablets like the Surface Neo, and Microsoft has released this emulator primarily to allow developers to get their apps ready in time. We got a first look at Windows 10X earlier this week, and you can read our hands-on to see how Microsoft is modernizing Windows.


Make a Surface Go 2 with Windows 10X, Microsoft. Just change the dual-screen format to the same multitasking abilities on Windows 10 and you’re golden.

The Surface Go 2 won’t come with 10X, but it’s clear the goal is to have this on regular laptops and tablets at some point.

Yeah, I don’t expect it to given that it’ll probably launch this spring, before Neo, but I expect it’ll transition to that down the line as long as it’s successful on Neo and OEM devices. Still can dream.

The OS isn’t really bound to a specific device type, it was made to adapt. But the current focus (polish etc) is on dual screens and foldables because obviously we already have W10 for laptops working fine.

One thing to note, we only seen the ‘dual screen’ configuration of Windows 10X, thats what this emulator is currently optimized for. But there is a ‘foldable’ (not to be confused with dual screen) configuration too which will behave similar, but when you aren’t folded you have a single screen.. so obviously that means the OS also has a single screen configuration already. In fact, when you get into the right posture, you get the single screen experience with the wonderbar/kb at the bottom.

Yes, I know, I’ve been following the development as well. The last line of your first paragraph is the reason for my comment

This sounds like much brouhaha about nothing. Kinda like when they showed off a Windows 10 tablet with an auto rotating display. These are both x86 computers, the fact that you can install an x86 program like windows on them is not news.

Are things not news because they work?

I’m excited about the Neo. Perfect companion device for the work that seems like it will handle more hardcore laptop tasks if needed.
What I think is really smart with the way MS is approaching this is they are setting up the OS for folding devices vs. trying to push out foldable screens like others. The OS will work just as well on a folding screen as 2 screens. When the screen tech is mature enough, they can release a Neo 2 or 3 with a folding display and the OS will be ready to go.

Finally, a Macbook I’d actually use

It looked smooth on the MacBook… wish there was additional video of it in motion on the Surface Go.

Overall, it looks good. I’d like to see more once they improve it further into this year.

I hope it can be a dual boot option for the Surface Duo (Phone).

The fact that Windows 10X can run on a Surface Go is great news, I thought that this operating system was only for devices with dual displays but when you see that it is supported by hardware two years ago are excellent news.
This year I’m going to remove Fedora 31 Linux from my 2015 laptop and install Windows 10X since this operating system since it has the ability to install executable software (.exe) as well as Microsoft AppStore (UWP) games, plus it has the ability to install PWA native apps like Spotify and Youtube. There is no doubt that Microsoft had saved this surprise, such that Windows 10 will finally have a successor in the field of consumer devices.
We’ll still have to see if big companies are interested on this operating system for employees when it comes to market on laptops from Dell, Lenovo, HP, ASUS, Acer, etc. later in 2020

I don’t understand why Windows 10X needs to exist. Why not include the features in Windows proper.

Is this going to be like Windows XP Media Center Edition or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, where initially they’re separate operating systems designed with specific hardware configurations in mind but eventually their features get integrated into a future version of regular Windows?

Because maintaining two similar codebases with essentially one extra feature in one version seems like a waste of resources in the long term.

The funny part is microsoft did this already with the Surface RT and Windows RT. They failed, for the exactly same reasons this will fail. Cool, but it doesn’t solve any problems. If it saves battery life and power, its not as fast. If it saves power and is fast, there aren’t any apps for it. Apple did this as well with the PowerPC, except they had a boatload of apps for macos on the powerpc. Still failed.

Nothing is similar between those cases.

Windows RT only supported new UPW apps, a big cut in the core functionality.

Windows 10X is basicly just multitasking/UI/optimization overflow over the same existing Windows 10 Core. Same apps. I gues they simple do not want to merge those things yet in main W10 code so they will for now have a seperate marketing name. They will just join them later.

Its also more lightweight, so by removing all those legacy stuff from main memory I’m pretty sure performance will be better on same hardware.

Is it really more light weight? It’s supposedly full Windows.

its not full windows. It’s more of windows core. legacy windows sounds like it will be emulated as it’s been stripped out of 10X

Windows RT was literally the same Windows 8 OS, but compiled for ARM processors. Windows 10X is an OS designed for specific form factors - something Windows 8 & RT failed to offer.

Windows 10X is essentially Microsoft’s "iPad OS", but it runs x86 Windows applications as well. A proper touch first design with productivity in mind.

My thought is that this is the sucessor of Windows 10 in the enterprise, but Microsoft knows that most average young people today without a University degree only need a smartphone phone and some of them will never use a PC, so this OS was made to compete with iPads in the consumer space, in few more years when this OS is mature enough it will replace Windows 10 everywhere.

Because maintaining two similar codebases with essentially one extra feature in one version seems like a waste of resources in the long term.

I really doubt they were whole separate codebases. Something like this seems like it would be almost entirely shared code with a few switches changed at build time.

Why does anyone care? There really aren’t any apps for it. It’s going to end up exactly like Windows RT. Because like many other tech wunders, it doesn’t solve any actual problems.

It runs pretty much everything Windows 10 runs, this isn’t even anywhere close to ‘RT’.

There really aren’t any apps for it

Do you even know what Windows 10X is?

Clearly they don’t

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