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One of the things familiar to me when I hear the word “Windows” is the countless install sessions on a new PC, friend’s computers or on the systems I’ve tested. Installing the OS is part of the Windows DNA and I was wondering what’s going to be Microsoft’s strategy for the ARM version of Windows 8.
I didn’t have to stay curious for long, as I’ve found out the ARM version of Microsoft’s next generation OS will come preinstalled on tablets, just like Android and iOS arrive on smartphones and slates. Nothing new here, to tell the truth, but I was disappointed there won’t be a kit version for professionals to buy install on test devices or just for the fun of dual booting.
No only that, but Microsoft will make sure it won’t be easy to make your own install kit, or custom ROM. All ARM tablets that will run Windows 8 will come with locked boot-loaders. You may try and install Windows 8 on an Android tablet, but you’re on your own when it comes to finding appropriate drivers. Plus I’m sure it will also be illegal.
x86 devices won’t have this issue, so old ways of installing more than one OS will be possible, but if you want portability and battery life you need an ARM device. Curious approach from Microsoft, if you ask me, but I also understand they’re trying to protect those customers who would be tempted to install Windows 8 on Android tablets and mess things up. Anyway, I’m sure xda-developers will be do everything in their power to build a few ROMs people can use to try Windows 8 on a cheap Android tablet.