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Hacker jailbreaks Windows RT, and finds it no different than Windows 8

0. phoneArena posted on 06 Jan 2013, 21:55

Windows RT is kind of an annoying platform. It is Windows, designed to run on ARM chips, and although it still has the classic desktop, you can't use any legacy apps, because Microsoft has locked it down to only run apps from the Windows Store. That's all well and good if you want a tablet that is limited by the Windows Store, but it's not that great overall. And, as with all locked-down platforms, devs are hard at work on a jailbreak, and they just got a lot closer to a full jailbreak option for Windows RT...

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posted on 06 Jan 2013, 21:57 12

1. Xperia42 (Posts: 60; Member since: 30 May 2012)

Love Windows 8

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 22:31 9

5. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Hate windows 8 ... But the 920 is sweet

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 02:36 5

11. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

So you must love windows phone 8, since the 920 has nothing to do with w8

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 05:05 3

14. Tones (Posts: 74; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Hate win8

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 21:57 3

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

ohhh now hack it to run normal windows apps!

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 22:02 4

3. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)

shouldn't be too long, though you will most likely run into technical issues with x86 vs arm compatibility

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 22:06

4. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

so you need to jailbreak? What if i told you i have root access almost out of the box? does it make sense?

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 23:25 2

6. gallison1983 (Posts: 47; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)

Sooooo... we hack into something made by Microsoft and what do we find? A whole lot of meh. Honestly, did anyone think that there would be some super awesome code nuggets in Windows RT? Like it or not, Microsoft made some pretty nice magic happen with Windows RT in order to deliver a nearly uniform experience when compared across any platform to which Windows is installed on. No bells or whistles. It just works.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:25 4

8. random1204 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 May 2010)

Yes, because they're the SAME THING.
That's what they're trying to explain...

The reason it's so cohesive is because they're the exact same platform, one just doesn't run certain apps because they're blocked. That's all.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:27

9. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

but that seems to be a good thing considering the large incompatibility with x86 and arm. It saves people from trying to figure out that guess what something will not work on arm. I think it was a great decision because it gave them the least headache than trying to explain to person after person that a program will not work on arm versus x86.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 23:36 3

7. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

microsoft's standard business model

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 01:39

10. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

yehaa good news jalbroken in process this is do just good

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 02:39

12. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

this is goog news indeed. But you also have to think about security and batterylife, and if you are running uncertified apps you mostly dont get... Just saying...

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:36 2

13. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Last time i said s**t about Windows 8 and I was kind of wrong. Now it's been 1 Month i'm using Windows 8. I feel comfortable and I don't even need start menu because i'm already used to metro and live tiles. To my surprised now Windows 8 is very easy to use, easier than Windows 7 itself. It still has some driver bugs though but i guess it's still new so these issues would be normal.
So what i like about It
- Metro & Live Tiles
- Faster
- Better security
- Metro Apps
- More Stable
What I didn't like
- Metro third party apps use large amount of ram unnecessarily
- It's not lightweight on resources, it has better ram management but not lightweight. Infact if you install a fresh copy of windows 7 64bit it will use less ram
- Updates that breaks part of the system
- Metro Apps crash
- Still need more quality, optimized and polished apps
Then you're good to go.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 08:34

16. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

This is why i make it a point to never judge something before really giving it a good try, and never listening to someone who does judge without knowledge. I upgraded to Windows 8 on day one and never looked back. I still use Ubuntu as my primary OS, but i like the direction Windows is going.

I'm still gonna be pissed if it turns out this story is true though.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 07:31

15. T12RYK (Posts: 113; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)

There are plently of tablets that run full Windows 8, some are near exact counterparts of their respective RT models. I don't really see the point in Jailbreaking RT as Windows 8 is already available and how slow would it be to run legacy 'PROGRAMS' (I'm not calling them apps!) on a ARM Processor.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 08:48

17. ktfrank (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Dec 2010)

This article is complete garbage. "Jailbreak"? Huh? You can do whatever you want, one has an ARM, one is Intel. You will never ever run a Intel app on an ARM. This article should be taken down.

Microsoft has already said the Win 8/RT and Win Phone 8 have the same kernel. Just they are compiled for different processors.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 10:15

18. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

Agree. The difference is not at high level language, but in ASSEMBLER, that is processor language. ARM's has completely different architecture from x86. ARM is RISC, x86 is CISC. Which means, that the way program speaks to them is completely different. That means, that there are only two ways for Windows legacy programs to work on ARM are:
1. Recompile programs (which means getting to their sources, which are usually companies secrets)
2. Through emulator (which according to my knowledge doesn't exist yet)
There is no other way.

Perhaps Java programs will work first (if Oracle creates VM for WindowsRT) because Java programs are not in native processor language.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 12:06

19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Folks Ipads and Android tablets use only Apps that are designed solely to run on touch screen devices. Microsoft has designed the Windows RT operating system to do the same
thing. Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 8 pro operating system is a Hybrid computers operating system because windows 8 computers can run apps that are only designed to run on a touch screen computer and Windows programs that are only designed to run using a mouse and Keyboard user interface. the big question is will people accept Windows Rt computers they are a touch screen apps only like the The Ipads and Android tablets are. I hope people will accept them. Apple and Android tablets should not be the only show in town. Windows RT computers needs apps unfortunately it will take at least a year before they get most of the most popular tablet Apps. Microsoft says they will support the windows RT os for 4 years so there is time for it to grow.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 17:39

20. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

I love it too

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 09:03

21. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Im a MS fan, and thought RT was an issue of the ARM chip.. if its a matter of just locking down to lock down.. that is complete B.S. and MS is only locking it down to give it a reason to be cheaper than intel chip based tablets. Now that I know legacy CAN run on RT I won't by a MS tablet until a full the jailbreak happens, or intel based tablets are the same price as RT ones with the same specs.

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