Dev runs Windows 11 ARM on Nintendo Switch using QEMU Linux emulation | Windows

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Nintendo Switch is every developer’s favourite hardware for running operating systems not originally designed for the handheld. We’ve previously spotted Windows 10 and Linux on Nintendo Switch. Another talented developer, PatRyk (@Patrosi73) on Twitter / X, has achieved the same feat. This time, Nintendo Switch is running Windows 11 on ARM.

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Nintendo Switch is running Windows 11’s ARM version with KVM enabled in a virtual environment using Linux QEMU (open-source emulator), but the process isn’t as easy as it might sound. It took about three hours to complete, and every operation in Windows 11 still takes around ten seconds to work.

Developer PatRyk was kind enough to share the interesting details of the project with Windows Latest. PatRyk told us that he started running Windows 11 on Nintendo Switch by installing Fedora Linux on the device’s SD card through Switchroot.

Using Switchroot’s Fedora Linux implementation is required because it is the only version that includes KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) support in the kernel. This is important for better performance of virtual machines on the Nintendo Switch…


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