Installing the Windows 10 IoT Core is much easier than before, thanks to the new IoT Dashboard App. Let’s see how it works.

I won’t explain how to install the developer tools on the PC, because is well described on the get started page.

The first step is to insert the microSD (8 GB or more) that will contain the Windows 10 IoT Core.

If you have a Surface Pro, you can insert it directly in the MicroSD slot; otherwise, you’ll need an usb microSD reader. Once inserted, the microSD will appear on the file explorer. Take note of the assigned drive letter, you’ll need it later:

The second step is to download the Windows 10 IoT Core Dashboard. It’s a ClickOnce installed WPF app, so just clicking the lick will download and start the app:

Once installed, the app will automatically run:

Clicking on the “set up a new device” button, will give us the choice of the board type:

Then we need to:

  1. Double check that the destination drive letter is the same of the one we have noted when mounting the microSD (see first step).
  2. Mark the “accept license” checkbox.
  3. Click on the “download and install” button:

The image download will start, and a prompt will request to confirm the installation on the selected microSD:

After clicking on “Continue”, the image is flashed:

When completed, a page shows us the next steps we need to execute to complete installation:

  • Remove the microSD and put it in the Raspberry Pi 2 board.
  • Add a WiFi USB Dongle into one of the Raspberry Pi 2 USB port or plug the Ethernet cable into the Raspberry Pi 2 Ethernet connector.
  • Click on the “Find my device” button.

If everything went well, we should see our device listed on the “My devices” page, were we can see:

  1. The device default name (“minwinpc”).
  2. The assigned IP address (assigned by DHCP service of local router/switcher).
  3. The pencil icon.

Last step is to change the name of the board (optional) and set the password (required):

Clicking on the pencil icon, we navigate to the edit page where we can change the device name and the password:

The “Change device password” button will show the relative page.

Note:

  1. The user name is “Administrator” and we can’t change it.
  2. The predefined (old) password is “p@ssw0rd” (please note that the “o” is a zero!).

Clicking the “Apply” button will show a change password confirmation dialog (not shown here). Closing the dialog bring us back to the previous page, where we can also click on the “Apply” button and see a “restart request” dialog:

Clicking on “Continue” will apply the changes, reboot the device, and navigate us back to the devices list.

Don’t bother if the name of the device is unchanged, when rebooted the device will show the new name in the list:

Clicking on the “Open Device Portal” icon, the browser will start, asking the name and password:

Clicking the “OK” button will show the device web portal with a “change password reminder”:

Since we already changed it, we can skip this step clicking on the “Cancel” button.

Now that the Raspberry Pi 2 is running Windows 10 IoT Core, and is visible from the Dev PC, you can start experimenting with IoT projects, with all the power of Universal Windows Platform apps.

Happy Coding!

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