Running Windows 11 On Nintendo Switch Is Now Possible!!!

For years, Microsoft has aimed to boost Windows on ARM, but this latest development might not align with their intentions. A modder recently showcased Windows 11 running on the Nintendo Switch, albeit sluggishly due to the Switch’s aging ARM chipset.

On X (previously Twitter), @Patrosi73, also known as PatRyk, has demonstrated successfully running Windows 11 on the Switch. They humorously dub the setup as the “world’s slowest PC,” a claim supported by its sluggish performance. Installing the OS reportedly consumed approximately three hours, and navigating through tasks takes considerable time for the system to respond.

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The Switch’s capability to run Windows 11 stems from its utilization of a rather conventional hardware platform. Housing the Nvidia Tegra X1, an ARM-based system-on-a-chip unveiled in 2015, the device boasted impressive performance upon its release, powering gadgets such as the Shield Android TV box. This architecture facilitated modders in the past to install Android on the Switch. While the mobile OS exhibited superior performance compared to Windows 11, it still fell short of being truly beneficial, considering there are more efficient methods to access Android software.

The readily available ARM hardware played a crucial role in enabling Windows 11 functionality. PatRyk employed the standard ARM64 build of Microsoft’s OS, complete with KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) support. Interestingly, this modified Switch is running Fedora Linux while virtualizing Windows 11, explaining the small window occupying only a portion of the screen. This likely worsens the already subpar performance. Linux installation was facilitated via the device’s SD card using Switchroot, which necessitates an older console model predating Nintendo’s fixing of the hardware flaw enabling Switch rooting.

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Is it advisable to attempt installing Windows 11 on your aging Nintendo handheld? Definitely not. PatRyk highlights that this project was purely for entertainment purposes. The Switch proves far more practical when running its original software, offering access to beloved titles like Mario and Zelda, which far surpass the experience of playing Peggle at a mere 2 frames per second.

With the Nintendo Switch approaching the conclusion of its lifecycle and Nintendo promising a successor by year’s end, it’s wise to stick with the stock software. If you happen to have an extra Switch v1 lying around after acquiring the Switch 2, you could consider installing Windows 11 on it then.