Windows 11 on Surface Duo 2 has become a reality for those who are bold enough

What you need to know

  • Developer Gustave Monce has released the initial package to install Windows 11 on Surface Duo 2.
  • Monce previously released Tools to get Windows 11 on the original Surface Duo, which now mostly works.
  • It’s still incredibly early to release with only one SoC running and no touch support yet for dual screens.
  • The entire project can be viewed on GitHub

You should give it up for those who bravely tinker with expensive hardware to be able to run a program it wasn’t intended for. Such is the case with the Microsoft Surface Duo 2, the dual-screen Android smartphone, which is getting some early tools to make it run the full Windows 11 operating system.

Gustave Muncie, also known as @gus33000 on Twitterreleased version 2211.16 of its Surface Duo 2 drivers. The entire project is posted on GitHub including directions on how to make it fully functional – it’s not for the faint of heart.

This project is one of the few that Monce has worked on with the Surface Duo series. Since both devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, getting Windows 11 on ARM to run on them is feasible. The problem arises with all other devices like sensors, cameras, touch screens, cell phones, GPS, etc, which require drivers and lots of testing.

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

Muncie notes that this is just version 1 of the project, and while it’s still very early days, “there are also some pretty cool things working.” On the project’s GitHub status page, you can see that the left display panel, thermal sensors, cover hall sensor, Modern Standby, USB C, buttons, and charger are all working. While the processor is running (obviously), only one Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 core runs out of eight.

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