What is Windows Core OS – a comprehensive guide

windows Core OS

So there has been a lot of chatter about the next iteration of Windows and questions about where Microsoft is going with Windows.

Will there be a Windows 11? Will Windows 10 stay the same way forever? What about Windows 10X? The future of Windows as an Operating System seems to be something called Windows Core OS.

To understand what Windows Core OS is, you first have to understand a little bit about what Windows 10 is and is not.

The limitations of Windows 10

From the very beginning, Microsoft said that Windows 10 would be one Operating System that would simply work on multiple form factors. The reality though was significantly different.

The Windows 10 product family

Windows 10 for desktops, Windows 10 for HoloLens, Windows 10 for IoT devices, Windows 10 for Surface Hub, Windows 10 for Xbox etc are all Windows 10 but they are each unique and different Operating Systems. The truth is that Microsoft had to make substantial changes to each version of Windows to make them work on the specific hardware they were marketed for.

Without those modifications, Windows 10 for desktops would be horrible or downright incompatible with an Xbox.

While Windows 10 is different for each version, there are some common elements across all of its versions. OneCore and OneCoreUAP are some layers of Windows 10 that you can find across all versions of Windows 10 but unfortunately, most of the OS’s are unique and built from scratch.

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