Microsoft Emulator now includes options to run Windows 10X on a single screen

Windows 10x Single Screen Emulator
Windows 10x Single Screen Emulator (Image credit: Gustave Monce)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Emulator now has an option for single-screen devices on Windows 10X.
  • The option allows you to run apps and Windows 10X, but on one screen instead of two.
  • Recent reports state that Microsoft is shifting Windows 10X towards single-screen devices, rather than dual-screen devices.

Updated April 29, 2020: This article has been updated to note that single-screen support is in the latest version of the emulator, but is currently hidden.

You can now get a glimpse of what Windows 10X will look like on single-screen devices using Microsoft Emulator. Previously, the emulator from Microsoft allowed you to test Windows 10X features on a dual-screen setup, but Gustave Monce noticed that there are now options for single-screen devices. Right now, there are options for a larger device and a smaller device, each with a single screen. Single-screen support is within the latest version of the emulator, but the feature is hidden within the application.

Microsoft originally unveiled Windows 10X alongside the Surface Neo, a dual-screen device that would run on Microsoft's new operating system. But recent reports state that Microsoft is shifting away from the dual-screen strategy, at least for now, and focusing on single-screen devices.

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Windows 10X is a new version of Windows that's built from the ground up to be modern and light. It will be able to run legacy apps within containers, but the idea of the operating system is to deliver a modern and smooth experience that's less bloated than Windows 10.

Windows 10X needs to be perfect if it's launching first on laptops

When we took a look at Windows 10X build 19578, we did some behind the scenes magic to make it appear as if it ran on a single screen. It was actually a dual-screen emulator running, but it still gives you an idea of what Windows 10X looks like on a single screen.

If you'd like to try out Windows 10X for yourself, you can follow our guide on how to install it on Windows 10, though note that the ability to run single-screens is currently hidden.

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  • I can't wait for this to become the mainstream version of Windows. It's going to be great!
  • A tablet OS? No thanks.
  • Without it being mocked up on a real device it looks really odd haha.
  • I don't really see this as a 'shift'. I believe it always made sense that 10X would ultimately play out across a wide range of devices, including single screens. The dual screen challenge requires additional effort for devs and the like so it makes sense that is where they focused initially. So, progress!
  • Makes sense from that perspective.
  • Can't remember what's missing, but some feature required to virtualize this specifically is missing from AMD processors, which is very annoying. My surface P4 doesn't have the power to run this well, and can't test it on my Ryzen desktop because of the missing virtualization feature. No idea if that's on AMD or Microsoft to add, but I wish they would, especially since AMD processors are seeing much higher use now.
    I want to play with 10X. Hear me Microsoft gods. Grant my wishes! Edit: The feature missing is support for Nested Virtualization on AMD processors in Windows (I think specifically in Hyper-V). Found a UserVoice page for windows server that says they're working on it, no eta, so that's good. Hopefully won't be limited to Windows Server when they do hopefully get it done this year.