Video: Legacy x86 apps running on Microsoft's Windows RT

If you've bought into the Windows RT operating system you already know that you are quite limited when it comes to apps. Windows RT doesn't run any of old legacy apps available on Windows 7 or Windows 8 so users are limited to using Windows Store apps. However this situation might soon change albeit via unorthodox, jailbreaking, methods.

An XDA developer has released a jailbreaking tool that allows users to run full x86 apps on top of Windows RT. Of course this is a very unofficial way in which you are essentialy emulating an X86 environment on the Win RT environment so apps won't run natively. The developer mentions he's only tested this tool with a limited number of apps including 7Zip, Winrar and as you can see in the video above, Heroes of Might and Magic. The hack reminds us of a earlier one in which someone managed to emulate Apple's Rhapsody OS on a Surface RT.

The developer said he is also planning on releasing an updated version of the jailbreaking tool that would run with other apps and would also start up when you boot the computer so you don't have to do it yourself every time. However the emulator only runs at a very low clock speed so don't expect to use this for any real gameplay or intensive apps. It's more a proof of concept at this point than anything else.

Of course this is only for those willing to risk their devices as it might break/brick them and void the warranty so take extra care if you're planning on trying this out. 

Via: Lifehacker Source: XDA Devs

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I'm not going to say this isn't news worthy because it's interesting and I wouldn't have found out about it if it wasn't on Neowin. But I don't think this should really be seen as an achievement... It's a full blown ARM OS that you can do anything with. He created an emulator big whoop... People have been doing the same thing with x86 OS's and emulating all kinds of crazy stuff. Also this isn't jail breaking...

The guy who developed this solution (mamaich) is the same one who ported HOMM2 to Windows Mobile 6.5 (using customized Bochs build, as far as I remember). Russians must love HOMM series so much. Amazing work!

HoMM is awesome if you are a fan of turn based strategy games.

This is great news; though I'd still prefer a real Windows 8 tablet over the RT variety.

> Emulating x86 on ARM.
> Very low clock speed.

People are going to learn very fast why Microsoft didn't build their own compatibility layer.

billyea said,
> Emulating x86 on ARM.
> Very low clock speed.

People are going to learn very fast why Microsoft didn't build their own compatibility layer.

you forgot **** battery life

billyea said,

People are going to learn very fast why Microsoft didn't build their own compatibility layer.

laziness?

Brony said,

laziness?

You don't think it was maybe the fact that the ARM chip used in the Surface RT is WAY less powerful than the average x86 processor, and emulating an x86 processor will be EXTREMELY SLOW, just like this demo has shown?

billyea said,
> Emulating x86 on ARM.
> Very low clock speed.

People are going to learn very fast why Microsoft didn't build their own compatibility layer.

True, but I still think they should have allowed programs compiled to ARM, or .NET compiled to be platform independent. But I agree, no emulation of x86.

I'd buy a Windows RT powered device if it could run Visual Studio. I know I'm in the minority, but that's my needs.