Surface RT hacked to run legacy x86 Windows programs
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 22, 2013, 3:08 AM
Don't get too excited, as for now you can't just fire up Photoshop or AutoCAD 2013 on the ARM-based slate, but the tool seems pretty handy anyways, at least for programs that are fairly light on resources like WinRAR or even games like Heroes of Might&Magic, which have been tested by the developer to work.
emulates x86 instructions and passes Windows API calls to WinRT kernel with necessary modifications," and that's how running x86 apps on an ARM-based tablet is achieved. Naturally, your Surface RT needs to be jailbroken with a separate tool, and the other requirements are listed in the thread below.He encourages you to try his emulator and list in the thread what works and what doesn't, so he can get on it. The tool "
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Just wow. I was eyeing the Pro but is turned off with the price. If the devs can make RT run vba I'm all for it.
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 4:23 AM 0
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I wonder how pixelated that would look like in a tablet. Emulators with my Xperia play, the best!
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 9:03 AM 1
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Emulating x86 on ARM with a very low clock speed. People are going to learn very fast why Microsoft didn't build their own compatibility layer.
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 4:44 AM 3
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To be honest, it's all been possible this whole time. I know that is cliche to say but Microsoft - I guess- thought that Rt could cannibalize W8..... That is why they put restrictions on it. But anyways, I took my Surface Rt back to bestbuy after the first week. Very good device but I'm going to wait to Windows RT advances in the future because I definitely want to invest more into it..>The device is just charming.
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 5:45 AM 2
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It's only going to get better why return it?
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 6:51 AM 1
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I've had my surface for a week now and I think it is fantastic. I've owned ipads and android tablets before, and in my opinion the surface is on a completely different level. It isn't quite where I think it is capable of being, but it is a great device. I find myself using it almost exclusively instead of my i7 laptop or i7 desktop.
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 12:40 PM 0
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if android tablets cud do the same thing(i know they do,but not good)..android trolls would start saying the openess of the os and linus and stufff....and the whole page would be flooded with comments praising android....(from a former android fan)
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 7:16 AM 1
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I'm an android fan...and no one hear bashed win rt...ofcourse we did before hearing this.... See my post i have only praised it.. I dunno why all you guys act as former android fans when it comes to case like this..
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 8:33 AM 0
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To be honest, I have been waiting and some how knew this will be happen. Of course it will run light software but there are many of them too to take care of many things. Good job guys. Good job. RT should be able to execute those programs out of the box in my opinion.
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 10:29 AM 0
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Now we are talking more Apps, i guess you can run android apps on it with blue stack i think.
posted on Feb 22, 2013, 3:01 PM 0
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