Setting Up Your Raspberry PI With Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core

Let’s try something different this time, here in this article you will learn how you can set up your Raspberry PI with the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT core.

Introduction

In my previous article, we have seen how to set up your Raspberry PI with the Raspbian operating system. Let’s try something different this time, here in this article you will learn how you can set up your Raspberry PI with the Microsoft Windows 10 IoT core. Both Windows 10 IoT core and Raspbian OS has its own advantages and disadvantages and that is a different topic, here we are not going to discuss it. For now, let’s just start working with the Windows 10 IoT core. Let’s just start then. You can always read this article on my blog here.

Background

I wanted to connect a Bluetooth iBeacon to a Raspberry PI and as an initial step, I had to configure the Raspberry PI. So I just thought to write this article while I am doing the configuration. Here we will install the IoT core OS in the Raspberry PI and connect a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to our mini computer. I hope you will find it useful.

Prerequisites

  1. Raspberry PI
  2. SD card
  3. Internet connection
  4. Ethernet, if your Raspberry PI supports wifi, you can skip this.
  5. Monitor and HDMI cable
  6. Keyboard
  7. Mouse

Setting up the Raspberry PI

Before you continue this step, please make sure that you have all the mentioned prerequisites.

Formatting an SD card

I am a person who likes to start everything from scratch, so as a first step, we are going to format our SD card. You can use the normal Format option your Operating System offers. I always use the tool called SD Card Formatter. You can easily download the tool from the Internet. Once you have it installed, open the tool, and select the SD card to be formatted and then click on Format.

Installing Windows 10 IoT Core Operating System

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 IoT is a member of the Windows 10 family that brings enterprise-class power, security, and manageability to the Internet of Things. It leverages Windows’ embedded experience, ecosystem, and cloud connectivity, allowing organizations to create their Internet of Things with secure devices that can be quickly provisioned, easily managed, and seamlessly connected to an overall cloud strategy.

As a first step, we will be downloading a tool called Windows 10 IoT core dashboard, which will help us to format, write the IoT core OS to our SD card, connect to our Raspberry PI. Once you have downloaded the dashboard, open the tool and select the image you want to flash as preceding.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
Set up a new device

Once the flashing is done, it will start deploying your image. Please make a note of the password you had given as it is needed in future to log in to the device portal. You can also change the device name as you wish.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
Deploy image

It may take a few minutes to complete the entire process, but it's really worth waiting. Once the image flashing is done, you will get a screen as preceding.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
SD Card is Ready

Set up the device with Monitor, mouse, and keyboard

Now, let us just insert the SD card in the Raspberry PI and connect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and ethernet. Once you have done this, your Raspberry PI may look like below.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
Raspberry Configuration

Once you are connected to the monitor, you can see that the OS is getting ready for doing amazing things. This may take a few minutes, and you should select your preferred language in the process. Once everything is done you should be able to see the device information on the screen as preceding.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
Raspberry PI Information

Please note that you can even update your OS if you wish by navigating to the App settings -> App updates.

 
Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core
Update Windows 10 IoT Core

Login to Device portal

As we have connected and configured our WIndows IoT Core Operating System on our Raspberry PI, we can connect to the device portal now. Please open the IoT Core Dashboard application again and click on my devices and then right click on your device. You should see an option as ” Open in device portal”.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
Connecting to the Raspberry Device

The device will open in the browser, you would have to enter the username as “administrator” and the password you gave while configuring the device. I used the password “raspberry”. Once you are logged in you can see the App manager where you have the provision to set your start app applications and many more settings.

Setting Up Your Raspberry PI with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 
IoT Core Device Portal

Conclusion

Wow! Congratulations. Now you have a small, lightweight, functioning windows 10 IoT core Raspberry PI in your hand, just go ahead and start playing with it. To summarize the things we have done in this article.

  1. Formatted the SD card
  2. Flashed the Windows 10 IoT core OS in the SD card
  3. Updated windows 10 IoT core on Raspberry PI
  4. Opened the device portal

Your turn. What do you think?

Thanks a lot for reading. In the next article, we will create an application and make it run inside the Raspberry PI. Did I miss anything that you may think is needed in this article? Did you find this post useful? Kindly do not forget to share your feedback.