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    Quote Originally Posted by vetman View Post
    Is it possible to install Win 8 on a asus transformer.
    As Swipe has indicated, Windows 8 is not available for general installation on ARM. Specifically, only the RT version of Windows 8 can work on ARM but MS will only provide that version to OEMs for direct pre-install. No retail version will be sold for the RT version and the regular Windows 8/Pro will not run on ARM!

    So you won't see a port until someone hacks a RT model and provides it as a installable ROM, which you'll need a system compatible. So of similar spec as from which the original was taken from... Not exactly legal btw, since Windows is pay for software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfmetcalf View Post
    Its not ever going to work as windows not have the needed drivers.
    Windows RT is being released on a few ARM based systems, including the Tegra 3 as can be noted by the MS Surface and Asus Vivo Tab RT. Main issue would be a driver for what's different, like the WiFi but that's never stopped people porting OS before and given time those drives will be provided. While most of the OS should work as is, older systems will mainly just have half the RAM and maybe not enough drive capacity if smaller than 32GB.


    Quote Originally Posted by bfmetcalf View Post
    Don't know why you'd want to anyways, the arm version not run any legacy software, so all you get is an ugly, inefficient ui and the need to buy all your apps over.
    Whether it's ugly is just your opinion, not everyone shares that opinion and besides it has nothing to do with usability.

    The OS has some quirks but it's new and those will get ironed out eventually. Both MS and 3rd parties will be working on it... Despite the quirks though it's still a superior OS to what's offered with either Android or iOS.

    Hardware support is way better right off the bat, you can actually use most printers without needing to get a special app and also expect it to work with most apps without issue. Most USB devices will just work when connected, Android has really improved in this regard over the past year but there are still many devices not supported.

    Provided there's a compatible player, you can even connect a Blu Ray player to a RT device and play Blu Rays directly... Something that's impossible to do with Android or iOS.

    Then there's things like Multi-tasking, which hands down RT will do better. Aside from some exceptions like Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, you can't run side by side apps at the same time on most mobile devices.

    Neither Android or iOS offer as much functionality out of the box as RT systems will offer, with the MS Office and Student 2013 RT, desktop IE 10 browser, desktop utilities and minor apps like MS Paint, etc.

    While the apps may be limited, they're starting to add up more quickly with over 7000 apps now and a lot more before end of the year. Netflix, Kindle, and a few other known apps are already available.

    Mind also MS is leveraging their other services, you get XBox Live, XBox Music, Skydrive, and optional services like Office 365, etc... Btw, getting one of the pay for services or pay for version of Office also lets you use the free Office you get with RT commercially, otherwise it's only for personal use.

    So suffice it to say there are reasons why some people would want to get it... Just like some people would like to run a desktop Linux distro.

    Mobile OS are nice and can be useful but they're limited by design and legacy. Like the lowest common denominator for either iOS or Android is apps made specifically for phones instead of tablets. However, for RT devices the lowest common denominator will be tablets on up to full desktops as even the full Windows 8/Pro runs the Modern UI and apps made specifically for it will run on all devices.

    I would advise against too much enthusiasm for the idea though, ARM systems have only fairly recently developed enough performance to properly run a desktop OS. So mainly those with the latest high end models should really consider the possibility right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMightySnake View Post
    Running Windows 8 Pro , meaning running everything , will not work with ASUS tablets except ASUS Vivo (not RT) which is in fact considered a laptop.
    Yes, for legacy Windows support and full Windows 8 features you'll need a x86 system.

    The 11.6" Vivo Tab is running on the Intel ATOM Clover Trail, and there's also the lower cost Vivo Tab Smart that's also running on Clover Trail and is smaller at 10.1" and thus more like the other Transformers but it apparently won't be getting a keyboard dock like the larger Vivo Tab.

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    Question New here! And I'm in need of a solid answer....Windows RT on a TF201?

    Hey folks, I make art and music across all platforms(sorry) but I recently acquired an asus transformer tf201. And although I don't mind the android platform I do mind some of the music creation software and would benefit from having windows on it so I can run certain things to use in conjunction with my apple stuff.
    I did a *edit* of reading and searching to see if I can put rt on the tf201 and I still haven't gotten a solid answer.... I saw a couple of videos that are more like magic than truth... Help!!!!!
    Last edited by Swipe; 09-04-2014 at 05:41 AM. Reason: forum language guidelines

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    Welcome to the forum. I've edited out an objectionable word as per our language guidelines. As for RT on a TF201, I don't think that's doable. You might try a Windows emulator, type this into google search: windows emulator for android. Let us know if you have any luck and what software you get running, if at all.

    Added "Windows RT on a TF201?" to the thread title and moved it to the TF201 help section of the forum.
    Last edited by Swipe; 09-04-2014 at 06:07 AM. Reason: yes

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    I agree - can't be done.

    But I am also moving this thread into our TF201 Development section.

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    Hi Janner43. Good move...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swipe View Post
    Hi Janner43. Good move...
    Good day to you, my fine colleague. Your move was nice too - mine was just me being fussy...
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    Thanks for the welcome!!! So I came across this.... What the hell is actually going on here in this vid.




    Is it just some fakie?
    Last edited by janner43; 09-04-2014 at 06:37 AM. Reason: Language - please read the forum guidelines on acceptable language. Thank you.

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    Firstly - please note my editing comment in the post above - two posts, both edited for language. We have a Family Friendly language policy here.

    Secondly, while Windows RT might technically be able to be forced & hacked to run on an ARM based chipset, no-one has got it to work on any of the earlier Asus Transformer tablets as far as I know.

    You can use the TF to remotely access a Windows PC. You might even be able to run a Windows emulator. But the hardware basically isn't up to being able to handle the requirements of Windows.

    You certainly cannot install Windows 8 on a Prime - and yes, I think that video is probably a fake as the Android hardware in use is certainly ARM based (Rockchip) & is barely good enough to run Android itself, let alone Windows 8.

    Don't waste any more time on it - it has been asked about on numerous occasions & it can't be done. If you want to know more on the technical side of why & who has tried & their lack of success, visit XDA and read up on it there.
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