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How to install Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2 in 5 minutes - also works on Win7, Win8, Linux, Mac OS

Abstract

This protip describes how to write Windows 10 IoT Core operating system image on a SD-Card, by using open source and free available tools. This shortens the installation time down to a few minutes (can be done in approx. 5), doesn't bother you to install all requirements and makes it less complicated.

Motivation

In February 2015 Microsoft announced Windows 10 IoT Core support for Raspberry Pi 2. Because of this great news, I wanted to install it on such a cheap board. But to my surprise the installation procedure described at Microsoft's Github page is very complicated and requires me to have a Windows 10 Insider Preview running (on bare metal, not a virtual one) and Visual Studio 2015. Besides the fact, that my current notebook runs Windows 8.1, it takes a remarkable amount of time, to download and install these software packages. I didn't want to - so I used a shortcut...

Dear Microsoft, why do you make it so complicated to write a disk image on a flash/SD-Card?
Please, use open standard image formats, to ease installation and reach/motivate more developers.

Write Windows 10 IoT Core image on SD-Card

Requirements

These additional tools are available under an open source license and thus free to use. If you've already played with Raspberry Pi images, its very likely the you already have them installed.

Preparation

The Windows 10 IoT Core ZIP file contains a file named flash.ffu. This image file is compressed and digital signed. To convert it into a more common format, you will use the ffu2img tool. Make sure you have Python installed. There exists separate files of ffu2img for Python 2.7.x and a 3.x version. Simply download and use the one which matches your environment.
Open a terminal or command line window and convert the image file like this:

C:> python ffu2img.py Flash.ffu Windows_IoT_Core_RPI2.img

This will create a WindowsIoTCoreRPI2.img_ file, which uses ca. 7.7GByte space on your disk.

Write image to SD-Card

Windows 7, Windows 8

Simply start Win32DiskImager as administrator, open the image file WindowsIoTCoreRPI2.img_
and click the [write] button.

Win32DiskImager

For more details, have a look at raspberry.org/documentation/.../windows.md

Linux

Open a terminal and customize the command to fit your device's name:

$> dd bs=4M if=Windows_IoT_Core_RPI2.img of=/dev/sdx

For more details, have a look at raspberry.org/documentation/.../linux.md

Mac OS

Open a terminal and customize the command to fit your device's name:

$> sudo dd bs=1m if=Windows_IoT_Core_RPI2.img of=/dev/diskn

For more details, have a look at raspberry.org/documentation/.../mac.md

Have fun!

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Hi, that's very good info.
I had the same question... why it has to be so complicated. With linux you download an image, flash it and boot it. And also, there are so many unsupported devices (like sd cards). So for example my win10iot build, after I've flashed it, boots!!! But... the dispaly/screen has something wrong. It looks like the frames that should be displayed are stretched diagonally. I can see the rolling dots but to me they look like a diagonal...
Anyway, I was using the WindowsIoTImageHepler tool, I've used the command line tool (which should be identical), changed 3 sd cards. Now I'm trying your guide... but I'm giving up. It could simply be my tv/monitor that doesn't work or it's not supported (despite the fact I thought HDMI was a standard...)
Cheers

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