It’s something almost every Raspberry Pi fan has asked at one time or another: Can it run Windows? Microsoft offers an official build of Windows 10 IoT for the Raspberry Pi, but that OS is just for building maker projects and doesn’t have the ability to run regular apps or the traditional Windows GUI (graphical user interface). However, there’s a way to make a Raspberry Pi 3 / 3B / 3B+ boot into a full version of Windows 10 Professional that can even run win32 apps.
This process of installing Windows 10 on a Raspberry Pi involves downloading the installer, drivers and the OS itself from a variety of unofficial sources. We can’t vouch for these sites or the files as being legitimate or safe. But we can say that we didn’t experience any security issues ourselves.
Based on our extensive hands-on use, we can also say that running Windows 10 on a Raspberry Piis an exercise in frustration. Everything from the Start Menu to the Edge browser operates in slow motion. Installing it will probably take you at least an hour, and you may experience some Blue screens along the way. But when you’re done, you will be able to see what Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi is like, and, if you have an Ethernet connection, you can even surf the web on it.
The instructions below are based on a combination of gjsman’s guide and our experience performing this process several times.