How to use Windows 11 on your Android phone

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Now that we know that Windows 10 faces the final stretch of its useful life, many users who were clinging to this version are coming to terms with the idea that it is time to take that leap that they had been delaying for so long. In the case of laptops and desktop computers there is not much to explain. You just have to download and install the new version of the operating system. But, How to use Windows 11 on your Android phone?

The truth is that having Windows 11 on our phone can be a solution for those users whose computers do not meet the installation requirements that this version demands. Requirements that we have already analyzed in previous entries on this blog and that exceed the capacity of some older computers: minimum RAM of 4 GB, storage of 64 GB, a 1 GHz processor or higher, with 2 or more cores in a 64 processor compatible bits, etc.

The first thing to note is that Microsoft has already tried other times to design a solution to install its operating system on Android mobile devices. In this sense, it is necessary to mention initiatives such as Windows CE o Windows Phone. Already in more recent times, the launch of the operating system 10 Windows Mobile which ended the same as previous attempts: in failure.

However, the solution that we are going to see in this post does not come from Microsoft developers, but from its extensive community of users. Specifically, we owe the formula to have Windows 11 on an Android phone to Renegade Project, a group that has been working for quite some time on how to port UEFI firmware to devices with Snapdragon processors.

Windows 11 for ARM processors

There a version of Windows 11 designed specifically for ARM processors, those low-power chipsets typically used for mobile phones or tablets. They are more modest and less powerful processors, but with the advantage of being much less complex.

This version of Windows 11 is designed for CPUs with 64-bit ARM architecture, sacrificing power for other advantages, such as greater battery life, and requiring less space. For this reason, it is also suitable for use on mobile devices.

That is precisely what some private users are doing: installing the ARM version on mobile phones. The success of the tests carried out by Renegade has been uneven, varying greatly from one processor model to another. This is reflected in the following table:

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In it, the results marked in green reflect a compatibility and availability total; Those marked in blue are being tested and could become compatible soon; yellows are classified as problematic, although they could be partially compatible; Lastly, those marked in red are definitely not compatible.

Apart from this, there are the results in gray that indicate that they are not available or their status is unknown.

Windows as a native operating system on our Android phones

The great achievement of the Renegade Project is to find a reliable way that allows us to install Linux distributions and other operating systems, such as Microsoft's, on our mobile phones and tablets. It must be taken into account that it is an independent and collaborative initiative, so it is not free of possible errors. At the moment, it is still in development, making important progress.

Its working system is as follows: Supporting the numerous components that make up an operating system is a truly complex task. That is why they have opted for the method of reverse engineering through which to develop drivers for each component and each application.

The idea is no secret and any user can try it on their own mobile. On YouTube it is possible to find many examples of these "homemade" experiments on old mobile phones. The result is not always the best, true, and depends both on the skill and knowledge of each user as well as the degree of Android application compatibility of each phone model.

Microsoft's failed attempts in the past

Microsoft has tried before to create a Windows-like operating system for mobile devices. Unfortunately, all of them were unsuccessful despite the efforts invested in them.

  • Windows CE (1996-2013), also called Windows Embedded Compact or simply WinCE It was Microsoft's first attempt to create an operating system specifically for Incel x86 and other processors. It is still used, although in a residual way, in netbooks and other systems.
  • Windows Mobile (2000-2010). Based on Windows CE and with an aesthetic similar to the desktop versions of Windows, this operating system was released with many functions and several versions until it was replaced by Windows Phone.
  • Windows Phone (2010-2014), an OS more oriented towards business use that had a relatively short life.
  • 10 Windows Mobile (2015-2020). The last attempt to date, much more versatile than the previous ones, although official support ended up being discontinued a few years ago.

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