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I was so excited to receive a long awaited email from Microsoft informing me that I could finally get my hands onto a copy of Windows10 version for the Raspberry Pi.
Little did I know what I was actually letting myself in for.
A few months ago I signed up for said program by visiting the Microsft Insider website and logging in using an appropriate Microsoft account. After accepting the terms for the program, you're walked through the download process for the Windows 10 preview. At that time the version for the Raspberry Pi that I was interested in was not yet available so I put this onto the back burner and waited for the email to let me know that the version for the Raspi was ready. The email arrived last week to let me know that now I can download Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview, with support for Raspberry Pi 2. Windows 10 IoT (Internet of things) Core is a new Windows 10 edition for low-cost, small-footprint devices that is available free for Makers.
I wasted little time getting onto it and much searching and head scratching I discovered that I was only able to download the image from a computer running Windows 10. OK so now I download the preview and dig out an old laptop that had a version of Windows7 on it and decide to use this to install Windows 10. 8 hours later (yes 8 hours) I am finally running my laptop with the preview version of Windows10 and I can finally go forward to download my ultimate goal the Raspberry PI Windows 10 build.
After a somwhat lenghty time I have finally been able to get the Win10 image onto my SD card and plugged into the Raspberry Pi. I switch it on and it finally comes up with a screen that gives me the IP address of the Pi and thats it. No mouse nothing!
So it's back to research - what could be wrong. I had fully expected to see a version of Windows 10 running on the PI.
Right at the bottom of the instructions lies the key!
3. Follow the Powershell documentation here to use PowerShell to connect to your running device.
So it seems that this version so hyped as Windows on the PI is simply a shell that can be used to run Windows Developed Apps and is a far cry from what I was expecting to being able to have a version of Windows running on the Raspberry PI.
WHAT A LET DOWN and waste of my time.
Why was this not explained up front so that I could learn more about using the magificent Linux!