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  • Get a Tablet Experience With Windows 8 on Your iPad


    Disclaimer: This will not install Windows 8 on your iPad. It will imitate a tablet experience using a VNC connection.

    Windows 8 is currently in Developer Preview stages. It is not recommended that you install it over your Windows 7 (or possibly older) operating system to try this. It is recommended that you create a separate test partition on your hard drive.

    Windows 8 is certainly getting a heap of interest from people all over the place. It was downloaded half a million times in the first day it was released. If you have tried it on your desktop or laptop, you might be thinking, "this doesn't feel right." Many of the trial users who tried it in the first few hours after its initial release thought that it was going in the direction of tablets, and that a keyboard and mouse just aren't the right tools to use to navigate throughout Windows 8. If you are one of those people - here is a little how-to guide to get a 'somewhat' accurate feel for what Windows 8 might feel like on a tablet.

    You will need:
    1. An iPad, or an iPad 2.
    2. Windows 8 Developer Preview.
    3. A computer running Windows 8 Developer Preview.
    4. Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad.
    5. Splashtop Streamer installed on your Windows 8 machine.

    You will begin by installing Windows 8 Developer Preview on your machine. This can be done by partition or by virtual machine. I suggest virtual machine because it's easier to set up and can be deleted much more quickly if you are not happy with it. VMware Workstation is a good desktop virtualization program to use, there is a free trial on the site. Once you have Windows 8 installed you can move on to the next step.

    On your iPad, download the Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad app from the App Store. For a short time it is only $4.99, soon it will become $19.99 again so I would try this soon. Once this is done, move on to the next step.

    On your Windows 8 machine, install the Splashtop Steamer application. Set it up and give it a password for security.

    Now launch the Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPad app on your iPad and select your Windows 8 machine. Now you will be able to have a touch-based experience on Windows 8. Granted that this is a VNC connection, it may be slightly slow or laggy depending on your internet connection. Another thing to keep in mind is that you are using your iPad as a remote control; you do not actually have Windows 8 on your device. In layman's terms, this is only a demo.

    You can expect all of Windows 8's tablet gestures to work with this VNC. If you are running Windows 8 as a virtual machine your experience may be choppier due to the laggy nature of virtual machines. If you chose to install it as a separate partition on your hard drive, the loading of gestures and opening of programs will be much smoother.

    If you plan on trying this, or if you already have, leave a comment below about what you think about the Windows 8 tablet experience!

    Sources: Microsoft, Splashtop, WMware
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Get a Tablet Experience With Windows 8 on Your iPad started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Very neat, but where are you getting this pricing for Splashtop? It's only $2.99...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Very neat, but where are you getting this pricing for Splashtop? It's only $2.99...
      Woops, thank you for the catch! Fixed.
    1. ChSchuldiner's Avatar
      ChSchuldiner -
      Must admit, it runs pretty good.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Woops, thank you for the catch! Fixed.
      Still says $4.99 here. Also, aren't there numerous free VNC/Virtual Desktop apps?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Still says $4.99 here. Also, aren't there numerous free VNC/Virtual Desktop apps?
      I can only edit the forum version; not the feed version. Also, yes, but not all of them will work with Windows 8's tablet gestures. This VNC client is recommended for trying those.
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      For those who don't want to pay much to do this can install 8 in VirtualBox, then change the virtual machine settings to enable the remote display feature. Then buy Mocha RDP from the App Store, enter your computer's IP into the app and connect. You'll want to hit the lock button at the bottom of your screen to allow you to use touch gestures.

      And if you have a 3G iPad, you might want to set up port forwarding in your modem and change your Mocha RDP settings to use your external IP so you can access 8 from anywhere

      (Side note: You can use the free version of Mocha RDP, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't have the lock function.)
    1. iGamers's Avatar
      iGamers -
      would it work with an iPhone?
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      Fantastic, now for people to actually install it on the ipad...Has anyone been working on openiboot?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGamers View Post
      would it work with an iPhone?
      From what I have gathered, no.
    1. maaaslo's Avatar
      maaaslo -
      what version of vmware do i need to use? i only own version 3... does it require the newest version? i don't want to buy it just to ry out... every time i try to run it, i get error message... something i am not able to decipher...
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by maaaslo View Post
      what version of vmware do i need to use? i only own version 3... does it require the newest version? i don't want to buy it just to ry out... every time i try to run it, i get error message... something i am not able to decipher...
      It is a super new version of Windows - you would probably want the latest version of VMware in order to ensure that you have the best support for it. I haven't personally tried this, best of luck!
    1. thekirbylover's Avatar
      thekirbylover -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGamers View Post
      would it work with an iPhone?
      Not sure about the Splashtop app, but Mocha RDP and VNC work on all iDevices.
      Just don't try to make your screen resolution the size of the iPhone screen, because 8 needs at least a 1024x768px screen.