Windows 7 runs on an Android Wear smartwatch and you'll never guess how long it takes to boot
posted by Luis D. / May 11, 2016, 11:17 AM
Seeing Windows run on an Android Wear smartwatch isn't anything new to us, seasoned mobile technology scribes. Not Windows 7, though. Not anything remotely like this. We thought Windows 95, Windows 98, and an ancient build of Counter-Strike 1.6 is about as far as the trend of running PC software on smart watches can go. But developers are unstoppable these days.
This probably isn't what Microsoft had in mind...What are the benefit of running a full-blown Windows 7 installation on your wrist-worn? Truth be told, they pretty much begin and end with hacking cred. Not only is the tiny touchscreen incapable of servicing an operating system never meant for it, but the darn thing takes three hours – that's right, the whole 180 minutes – to boot! Needless to say, you have to keep your wearable charged during the process, or else chances are the watch will squeeze the last drop of battery and shut itself down just as you see the Aero desktop reveal itself before you in glorious 280 x 280 resolution.
In case you have absolutely nothing better to do with your life, there's a video tutorial on how to get Windows 7 working on your Android Wear smartwatch with ABD enabled. You can watch it here (link).
via Android Community
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That is LOL
posted on May 11, 2016, 11:25 AM 0
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This is using bochs x86 VM. Remember this watch is using a 32 bit Arm processor emulating x86 instructions. So no wonder why it's this slow. It's a gimmick to say hey it can run Windows 7.
posted on May 11, 2016, 7:26 PM 5
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The reverse is also true when you using Windows version of Android studio to emulated an Android virtual device using ARM provided image. Most ppl would just use an Intel provided virtual device image.
posted on May 11, 2016, 11:12 PM 0
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What's the point?
posted on May 11, 2016, 11:28 AM 8
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You don't belong here with that comment.
posted on May 11, 2016, 11:42 AM 0
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Surface watch anyone?
posted on May 11, 2016, 11:53 AM 1
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Lol, really what's the point in this time wasting thing. Majority People just dont care for such geeky things, like some of my friends are still using win XP & they dont care abt win 10. haha
posted on May 11, 2016, 11:56 AM 0
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Well as long as they dont need newer games and app thats only work on newer windows they are fine.
posted on May 11, 2016, 2:13 PM 1
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It aint processing problem but win 7 is not optimised to work on an android watch. What's next? Win 10? or Perhaps Assasin's Creed Syndicate or Crysis 3? God know what these developers will do.
posted on May 11, 2016, 3:40 PM 0
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While I applaud the dev who did this, because I'm sure this was a lot of work, but the practical application of this worthless.
posted on May 12, 2016, 8:46 AM 0
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