Windows RT jailbreak allows you to download and run non-Windows Store desktop apps

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Like seemingly every other new OS that’s left in the wild for awhile, Microsoft’s Windows RT has been jailbroken. But hold on before you start rejoicing about the prospects of running all your favorite desktop applications on a Surface, it isn’t quite there yet — at least for now.

Security researcher clrokr says he has found a way to run unsigned ARM-compiled desktop apps on Windows RT, something that Microsoft restricted to built-in apps for Office 2013 for RT. A setting that restricts these unsigned apps has been exploited to allow them, but must be done each time the operating system is booted up.

This means that we won’t be seeing any x86 apps running on Windows RT machines, as they need to be compatible with ARM to run in the first place. But the this brings the potential for homebrew ARM-based apps that can make Windows RT a little more appealing for some, albeit with a hit to battery life — there’s a reason why Microsoft wanted to restrict desktop apps on Windows RT.

Interested in the hack? Proceed at your own risk from the link below:

Clrokr’s hack homepage

[via The Verge]

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  1. Coyote

    I don’t understand your last line about battery life. Surely that’s not the /only/ reason they wont allow non-store apps.
    Also this says more about the security of 8 than anything. When it’s mentioned that andriod is the most targeted and prone to malware I have to think, well they did leave it open on purpose so who’s to complain? On the other hand with Apple and M$ they tried their hardest to prevent this, more out of concern for their bottom line than security I believe.., but it definitely calls into question their whole security scheme.

    Just waiting for a x86 emulator… then maybe RT would be serviceable.