Windows 10 IoT Preview for Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard Max

When Raspberry Pi 2 Model B was released, we were promised a Windows 10 image for the board, and today, Microsoft released “Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview” for both the Broadcom BCM2836 based Raspberry Pi 2 and Intel Atom E3800 series based Minnowboard MAX boards.

Windows 10 IoT Default App for RPi 2 (Click to Enlarge)
Windows 10 IoT Default App for RPi 2 (Click to Enlarge)

To get started with either board, simply go to Windows IoT – Getting Started page. I’ll quickly go through the instructions for Raspberry Pi 2.

Beside the board, you’ll also need a PC running Windows 10 Insider preview (Virtual machine not supported), a 5V power supply, a HDMI cable (optional but recommended), an Ethernet cable, and a 8GB micro SD card, class 10 or better.

The you’ll need to configure a connect account, where I had to accept two EULA including “Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview EULA”, and once this is done the area of the page for EULA should just be blank, and you can go to the Download page where you’ll find a few download links:


Select “Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview Image for Raspberry Pi 2” to download (482.62 MB), which you need to extract to get flash.ffu. Now insert the micro SD into your Windows 10 PC, open a prompt, find your SD card physical device with:

And flash the image as follows:

where N is your SD card number found with diskpart.

Now insert the  micro SD card into your Raspberry Pi 2, connect the relevant cable, and upon boot, the board should start “DefaultApp”, as shown in the screenshot at the top, showing its IP address. There’s no Metro interface, since that’s the IoT version of Windows, and you need to develop or use app developed for Windows 10 IoT.

The next step are setting up PowerShell to remotely control R Pi 2, install Visual Studio 2015 Preview on your PC, and learn how to blink an LED.

[Update: Somebody tried… Boot time is at least 1m40s.. The video below just shows the first boot.


Thanks to Bruce for the tip.

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9 Replies to “Windows 10 IoT Preview for Raspberry Pi 2 and MinnowBoard Max”

  1. So what we really can run on win 10 IoT ?
    can we run directx(drivers for win10) apps on it ?
    windows universal apps?

  2. if i try to flash the image i get an error code 87.
    “the option “apply-image” is not available”
    DISM-exe /? shows no option named apply-image!
    what can i do?

  3. When you’ve got an idea of building from scratch or bare metal operating system then you’ll know Windows is not even closed enough to do something like that.

  4. @cnxsoft

    Heh… Looks like to me, you’d be better off with Linux out of box for those things. There’s no idiot limitations of needing Windows 10- and it goes downhill from there on what this needs.

    They can claim they weren’t subsidized by Microsoft, but this…this ISN’T in keeping with their STATED GOALS in any way, shape, or form. They’d have been better off working with Google on making a Lollipop build work on the thing- and that’s still not really in keeping with their stated goals. Just more realistic and closer to them.

    I tried to tell people that this was going to be a Farce…but I got shouted down. Heh…seems I was right…again.

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