Can you put Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi Zero?

According to the minimum requirements specified on the Windows IoT core page it might seem possible, but I'm not sure.

  • For anyone coming here for the Pi Zero W: It uses the same chip as the original Pi Zero.
    – poke
    Jun 5, 2017 at 13:38

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No, Windows 10 IoT requires the Pi 2's ARM 7 multicore chip (BCM 2836).

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    is this temporary, such as a lack of drivers or something like this, or is there a permanent blocker such as not meeting hardware requirements? Dec 19, 2015 at 14:15
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    @AndreiRînea Most vendors consider ARMv6 too rare or too old to support. Microsoft is not alone : See Answer 7 here
    – flakeshake
    Dec 24, 2015 at 18:33
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    @mawg same chip same issue. Mar 15, 2017 at 20:21
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    I don't know about the orange Pi, but the MS IOT site or the Orange Pi forums might have an answer Mar 15, 2017 at 20:26
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    @Mawg That is great, but remember that questions about the Orange Pi are off topic here per the sites FAQ. Mar 15, 2017 at 20:41

No, it won't run on Pi Zero. It's because of the hardware. The Pi zero and the first-generation Pis (BCM2835) use ARMv6. The Pi2 (BCM2836) uses ARMv7.

Windows 10 IoT Core needs ARMv7.

If I'm going to explain it to a layman, I'll say "The CPU is different".

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    ehhh!, why is the CPU different? or why not have a zero with the same CPU? Apr 3, 2018 at 15:20
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    @eschneider ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    – Aloha
    Apr 3, 2018 at 16:09
  • @Gene haha, that was funny Apr 8, 2019 at 17:40

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