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    Question Windows RT to Windows Pro

    Hello all,

    Is it possible to completely wipe a tablet running Windows RT to one running either Windows x86 or x64? I've heard that the ARM chip can process x86 commands when jail broken (not something I recommend), but was curious whether or not it can be achieved?

    If not then what use is a Windows RT device when it cannot run Flash out the box (limiting the number of websites) accessible and cannot run any existing locally installed applications a school are already licensed for? Thank you!

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    Anyone?

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    x86 code on ARM? Only perhaps via some damn clever virtual machine (which would crawl). I'd be 99% sure that it has not and cannot be done. Plus, it would need a separate Windows license as I don't believe RT is a qualifying copy.

    What use is it - good question. Same use as an iPad really - no Flash, limited to the App Store environment. They're fine as web browsers and simple word processors, and at least you have some management features available.

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    Confirmed my suspicions, thank you

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    I remember an early (2001) Compaq tablet that had a non-x86 cpu (via I think) that had a special patch for emulation that was installed before you installed XP Tablet edition...

    So not a whole VM just a virtual CPU. Still that tablet ran like poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    I remember an early (2001) Compaq tablet that had a non-x86 cpu (via I think) that had a special patch for emulation that was installed before you installed XP Tablet edition...

    So not a whole VM just a virtual CPU. Still that tablet ran like poop.
    Yeah I can imagine!

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    There are news stories around of work on getting x86 code to work on ARM CPUs. It's pretty awesome what software engineers can achieve, but it does seem like a bit of a waste of skill. ARM and x86 have their places and the hardware to fit. While they can cross-over (such as ARM in the server space) that doesn't require emulation, native code is used (like properly compiled Linux).

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