An old copy of Polaris, the version of Windows Core OS designed for laptops, has leaked on the internet, reports WC.
The building is designed for ARM-based devices and dates from 2018, so unfortunately it lacks a shell or interesting apps.
The building can currently be downloaded from Archive.org and is PolarisOS Build 16299 (ARM32).
The uploader writes:
do not ask me where I got this from.
“This is PolarisOS. It’s a canceled version of Windows Core OS designed for desktops and laptops. This image is early enough not to include much more than the operating system itself. It comes without a shell and does not load anything.
You need an ARM device to start this, and you must sideload drivers before initial startup. Wim is bootable, but you can also install it directly using index 1.
To install on a phone instead of an arm tablet, go to catalog.update.microsoft.com, find the latest firmware for your phone, download all MainOS cabinets for it, put them all in a folder, and run dism / Image: / Additional package / package route:
To install on an arm tablet, get hold of the tablet drivers and run dism / Image: / Add-Driver / Driver: / Recurse
At startup, press the power button to turn off the device. If you connect the device over USB, a diagnostic interface is revealed, which you can use to open a prompt shell afterwards. “
No screenshots because I do not have a compatible device for this building.
The building is not so much a curiosity now, but interesting after a large number of changes of direction, it is the desktop design of Windows Core OS that will be the one that makes it devices in the end, after versions for dual-screen smartphones, laptops with two screens and the Surface Hub was canceled.
Skilled hackers can check it out here.