Posted on February 25, 2013 11:55 am

Run Full Windows Applications on Your Windows RT Tablet

If you have an ARM tablet running Windows RT, (like the Microsoft Surface tablet,) you already know that you’re restricted to applications that Microsoft has approved and added to the Windows Store. Those kinds of restrictions have never stopped enterprising hackers before, and thanks to XDA developer mamaich and his new utility that allows you to run full x86 Windows applications of RT tablets, it doesn’t have to stop you either.

Fair warning: mamaich’s tool is very very beta, and requires you to unlock (essentially jailbreak) your Windows RT tablet to use. Once you do, his tool essentially emulates x86 on ARM and passes Windows API calls to RT to be executed normally, so it’s not too heavy on system resources. He’s only tested it with a handful of apps right now—most notably some old school Windows games like Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and some utilities like 7Zip and WinRAR, but they work and he’s planning a number of improvements to the tool.

His final goal is to make the x86 emulator automatically launch so you don’t have to run it yourself every time you want to load up a standard Windows application, and he even has a list of apps and games he plans to support in the next few releases. Hit the XDA forum thread below to grab the utility, or to get involved in the development discussion. Keep in mind that the tool is aimed at Windows RT devices right now, like the Microsoft Surface (not the Surface Pro), and your experience may vary depending on your device.

[Beta version] Running x86 apps on WinRT devices | xda-developers via Hack a Day