For those that want to try out a Windows (or any OS that VirtualBox will run on for that matter)(just about any OS) solution without obtaining any additional hardware, I have created a set of instructions to create a Virtual Machine running Raspberry Pi Desktop OS. This is a pretty straight-forward solution. It has several steps. 95% or more just require clicking the Next or Continue button. Pay attention because those steps that require something different are important, too. I have been testing this and it seems promising. It has NOT been fully tested or vetted. Your results may vary.
has put in a whole bunch of time in the PiGS solution and we should all be extremely grateful. I know I am. I bought a Pi 4B with 4 GB RAM just because I thought it was a sweet little project.
I then started playing around with options that didn't require additional hardware. The time that I put into this was minimal compared to what
has done. Not even a "drop in the bucket", more like a "drop in the ocean." I just took an existing solution and applied it to
's solution. Virtual Machines were difficult for me to wrap my mind around initially, but once it clicked, it is now just fascinating. Most of it doesn't require any understanding of how it works. Just that it does work.
If you would like to experiment, here is a link to my Google Doc (everything referenced there is open-source and fully supported by other forums and resources on the Internet)(I "created" nothing but the Doc):
Out of respect, you will need to obtain the PiGS software from
. My Doc just leads up to the very complete and informative spreadsheet
This solution will allow you to boot it and leave it running 24/7 OR boot/shutdown whenever you want. There is likely a way to launch at Windows boot, but I haven't fully investigated.