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Microsoft Accidentally Publishes Windows 10 on ARM Limitations before Removing List

Windows 10 on ARM brings benefits of mobile processor technology to laptops, but Microsoft accidentally published some of its limitations.


on ARM (Always Connected PC) aims to bring mobile chips to PC hardware. When launched last year it was a step towards bringing full Windows capabilities to mobile. However, for the time being is for laptops, bringing all-day battery life amongst other benefits.

But what about limitations? Well it seems Microsoft accidentally published a full list of limitations before quickly pulling it. Of course, it was much too late to stop the list spreading.

It is worth noting that Microsoft clearly did not want this information out, but the company may not necessarily be hiding the details. In fact, there is still live documentation that details at least some of the limitations.

Either way, here are the limitations Microsoft published:

  • No support for x64 apps: This is not big news as it was already known. Windows 10 on ARM does not emulate x64 apps, but Microsoft says support will come in the future.
  • Only support for drivers: The Always Connected PC can only run x86 applications, not x86 drivers. In most hardware cases, this shouldn't be a problem, but older devices may not have support. This support will be more like Windows 10 S as opposed to full Windows 10.
  • Some apps and games won't work: Any application or game using OpenGL 1.1 or later or with a requirement for hardware-accelerated OpenGL won't work.
  • Apps that customize Windows will not operate properly: apps that customize Windows will not work on Windows 10 on ARM. This includes shell , with app developers needing to change their apps to work for ARM.
  • Windows Hypervisor Platform not supported: virtual machines using will not be working on Windows 10 on ARM.

Limited Functions

Perhaps it is not a surprise that Windows 10 on ARM has limitations that make it closer to Windows 10 S than normal Windows 10. It will support common apps, so most users should see no problems.

SourceThe Verge
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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