Windows 10

Microsoft already showed a demo in which an ARM-based chipset is running Windows 10 perfectly; the demo was on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset which was built for smartphones. Even some laptop manufacturers confirmed Windows 10 notebooks are running on ARM processors. There was nothing we know about except for the demo which Qualcomm showed to us.

But recently some leaked Microsoft document reveals some limitations of Windows 10 on ARM chipset. Here we are listing all those limitations but do not take these leaks for granted because nothing of these are officially confirmed by Microsoft or Qualcomm.

Windows 10 on ARM Limitations

  • This new hardware won’t be able to run or execute the 64-bit applications, the desktop applications will run but only the 32-bit versions. The support for 64-bit software will be added later; it is not confirmed that if it already been done or not.
  • Certain classes of apps won’t work on the ARM-based devices which include customization apps, IEMs, assistive tech and cloud storage apps.
  • Hyper-V won’t work on these ARM-based Windows 10 devices; this means you won’t be able to run virtual machines on the Windows 10.
  • Some older games and apps won’t run on these systems because there is no OpenGL support on these devices. It supports the DirectX 9 to 12, so it can run all the games need its support but apps which uses hardware accelerated OpenGL won’t work.

While Qualcomm is busy showing off its latest Snapdragon 845 processor at CES 2018, lots of smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. Well, there are not only limitations on ARM-based Windows hardware but also benefits like longer battery life, instantaneous wake from sleep and even thinner overall design. More prominent brands like Lenovo, HP, and ASUS are working on devices based on ARM hardware running Windows 10, but there are a lot of work needed on it before these can replace some mobile processor laptops.

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