In this article, you are going to learn how to run Raspbian on your Windows 10 PC.

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Step 1: What You'll Need

  1. QEMU
  2. Compatible Kernel
  3. Raspbian
  4. Windows 10
  5. Keyboard
  6. 7Zip

Step 2: Download QEMU

Download QEMU

Go to

Select the 32-bit folder.

Click on the version with the most recent modify date.

When it downloads, use 7zip to extract it’s contents into a folder.

Step 3: Download the Kernel

Download the Kernel

Go to

Select the most recent file.

Click on the “Download” at the left of “History”

After it downloads, place the file inside the folder where you extracted the QEMU.

Step 4: Download Raspbian

Download Raspbian

Go to

Click on “Downloads” Select “Raspbian”

Download the Pixel desktop version.

After it downloads, extract the contents on the same folder where you extracted QEMU.

Step 5: Set Up the Emulator

Set Up the Emulator

Get inside the folder where you extracted Raspbian, QEMU and placed the Kernel.

Create a new text file and name it “start.bat”

Right click on it and press “Edit”

Type in “qemu-system-arm -kernel kernel-qemu-4.4.34-jessie -cpu arm1176 -m 256 -M versatilepb -no-reboot -serial stdio -append “root=/dev/sda2 panic=1 rootfstype=ext4 rw init=/bin/bash” -drive “file=2017-03-02-raspbian-jessie.img,index=0,media=disk,format=raw” -redir tcp:2222::22″

Save the file and close it.

Type “cmd” on the address bar to start up the command prompt.

In the command prompt, type “start.bat”

Type in “sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/90-qemu.rules” Press “Enter” Type in “KERNEL==”sda”, SYMLINK+=”mmcblk0″ KERNEL==”sda?”, SYMLINK+=”mmcblk0p%n” KERNEL==”sda2″, SYMLINK+=”root””

Press “Ctrl X” “Y” “Enter”

Close the emulator.

Go to the “start.bat” file.

Delete the line “init=/bin/bash””

Save and close the file.

In the cmd, type in “qemu-img.exe resize 2017-03-02-raspbian-jessie.img +4G”

Press “Enter”

A small error will appear, but the resizing will take effect.

Type in “start.bat”

Press “Enter”

Step 6: Optimize the Emulator

Optimize the Emulator

Once it loads, open up the Terminal.

Type in “sudo fdisk/dev/sda”

Press “Enter”

Type “P”

Press “Enter”

Type “D”

Press “Enter”

Type “2”

Press “Enter”

Type “N”

Press “Enter”

Type “P”

Press “Enter”

You’ll be asked for the first sector of the partition, type in the number you see on the first partition +1. IE: 20298 + 1 = 20299

Press “Enter”

When it ask for the last sector, press “Enter” to use the whole ammount of the image.

Type “W”

Press “Enter”

You’ll get a message stating that the creation of the partition failed, shut down the emulator for the changes to take effect.

In the cmd, start the emulator by starting the “start.bat” file.

Get inside the Terminal of Raspbian once it loads.

Type in “sudo resize2fs /dev/sda2”

Press “Enter”

A message will appear saying that the partition rezise was successful.

Type in “sudo nano /etc/dphys-swapfile”

Press “Enter”

Go down to where it says “conf_swapsize=100” and change the “100” to “1024”

Press “Ctrl X” “Y” and “Enter”

Type in “sudo /etc/init.d/dphys-swapfile stop”

Press “Enter”

Type in “sudo /etc/init.d/dphys-swapfile start”

Go to “Raspberry Pi Configuration”

Click on “Enabled”

Locate “SSH” and press “Enable”

Click on “Performance”

On “Overclock”, select “Tubo (1000GHz)”

EXTRA: You can go to Localization and select your country of residence or the country you prefer and then click on “Keyboard” to change your keyboard settings.

Press “OK” to save all of your changes.

Shut down the Emulator.

Open it again via cmd using the “start.bat”

If you turned on SSH, you’ll see a warning, click on “Yes”

Congratulations, you’ve just installed Raspbian on your Windows 10 PC via QEMU, configured it, optimized it and that’s it for this Instructable.

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About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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