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Allwinner A64 based Pine A64 and Banana Pi M64 Boards Can Now Run Windows 10 IoT Core

Windows IoT is a version of Windows 10 that’s optimized for smaller devices with or without a display, and was fist released for Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard MAX. Since then a few more boards are now officially supported, including DragonBoard 410c, and Raspberry Pi 3. But there’s been some recent developments as two Allwinner A64 64-bit ARM boards are now supported according to two wiki entries (here and there) explaining how to run a simple Csharp sample on Windows 10 IoT Core on either Banana Pi M64 or Pine A64 boards.

Windows_10_IoT_Allwinner_A64The guide shows how to configure Azure IoT Hub, register the IoT device, and build and deploy Azure IoT SDK on the board.

But basically if all you want to is to run Windows IoT core on either board, you’ll need to download either:

  • Windows 10 IoT Core for Banana Pi M64: Windows10IoT_BPI-M64.ffu (Link removed as Microsoft does not allow redistribution of ffu for now, despite the link being available directly on github without SLA)
  • Windows 10 IoT Core for Pine A64/A64+: Windows10IoT_Pine64.ffu (Link removed as Microsoft does not allow redistribution of ffu for now, despite the link being available directly on github without SLA)

Then install and run IoT Dashboard in a Windows computer, select the Setup new device tab, then Customize, and load the FFU firmware file to flash it to an 8GB micro SD card. Once it’s done, insert the micro SD card into the board, and it should run Windows 10 IoT Core at next boot.

Windows 10 IoT Core has also been ported to few other Intel based embedded computers, as well as Toradex Colibri T30 Tegra 3 system-on-module.

[Update: Allwinner has uploaded a video showing Pine A64 with Windows 10 IoT Core (Video removed, as Microsoft does not like that video being published together with the press release. Maybe because it shows they’ve yet to implement Ethernet….)]

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  1. August 4th, 2016 at 14:52 | #1

    The list of supported boards and devices on Azure IoT Hub can also be found @ https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/iot-hub-tested-configurations/

  2. varghese
    August 4th, 2016 at 17:46 | #2

    Why Microsoft is betting on IoT ,their license terms are dangerous to open society ..

  3. anon
    August 4th, 2016 at 18:25 | #3

    Is this the same Windows 10 where you need to pay $7 monthly to run it, or there’s different amount?

  4. tkaiser
    August 4th, 2016 at 18:52 | #4

    LOL, in the video networking of the board is done using an external USB Ethernet adapter (ASIX AX88772) so not even network drivers working (now). And the development is obviously driven by Allwinner and more A64 devices might follow. Still wondering why they chose A64 since according to their own ‘road maps’ the identical R18 SoC should be used for this type of stuff.

  5. August 4th, 2016 at 21:14 | #5

    @tkaiser
    ” networking of the board is done using an external USB Ethernet adapter” -> LOL

  6. cortex-a72
    August 5th, 2016 at 02:09 | #6

    Good for them! I am a Windows guy and applaud to this. and I heard linux guys love “diversity”, so they should be glad too. xD
    By the way I only few days ago received my Pine64+ board!)

  7. August 5th, 2016 at 16:39 | #7

    If they use the same bootloader implementation as the Pi 2 / 3 do then this could be a very interesting development and could allow Windows RT – the issue the Pi had was lack of drivers meaning it could not boot past the loading screen. However, as Windows RT has been ported to Allwinner devices before they *could* have a better chance of running it.

  8. August 6th, 2016 at 09:09 | #8

    Allwinner asked me to remove links to firmware files (ffu) and the video following an email from Microsoft. I did so.
    They can still be downloaded from the Wiki.

  9. tkaiser
    March 10th, 2017 at 14:05 | #9
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