Windows 11 on the Surface Duo 2

Windows 11 on Surface Duo 2 becomes a reality for those bold enough

What do you want to know

  • Developer Gustave Monce released the initial package to install Windows 11 on Surface Duo 2.
  • Monce has already released tools to get Windows 11 on the original Surface Duo, which now mostly works.
  • The release is still incredibly early as only one core of the SoC is running and there is no touch support for dual displays yet.
  • The complete project is visible on GitHub

You have to give it up to those bravely tinkering with expensive hardware to run software it wasn’t intended for. This is the case of the Microsoft Surface Duo 2, its dual-screen Android smartphone, which receives some first tools to allow it to run the full Windows 11 operating system.

Gustave Monce, also known as @gus33000 on Twitterhas released version 2211.16 of its Surface Duo 2 drivers. The whole project is posted on GitHub, including instructions on how to get everything working – it’s not for the faint-hearted.

This project is one of the few Monce has worked on with the Surface Duo series. Since both devices run Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, it is possible to run Windows 11 on ARM. The problem arises with all other hardware such as sensors, cameras, touchscreens, cellular, GPS, etc., which require drivers and lots of testing.

What works (and what doesn’t) on Surface Duo 2 with Windows 11 as of November 5, 2022. (Image credit: Gustave Monce)

Monce notes that this is only version 1 of the project, and while it’s still too early, “there are some cool things working as well.” On the project’s GitHub status page, you can see that the left display panel, thermal sensors, lid hall sensor, modern standby, USB C, buttons, and charger are all working. While the processor is working (obviously), only one core of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is eight short.

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