How Will ARM Chip Powered Devices Limit Microsoft Windows 10? Here Is What You Need To Know
ARM chip powered devices have been announced a while back and we have seen a few of them running Windows 10. While these chips are not too powerful they should get the job done when it comes to every day use and here we are going to talk about how ARM chip powered devices will limit Windows 10.
The Windows 10 limitations were most probably posted online by mistake as they were taken off a while later. You can check out the Windows 10 limitations below:
64-bit apps will not work. Windows 10 on ARM will be able to run Windows desktop applications but it will only be able to run 32-bit (x86) desktop applications, not 64-bit (x64) applications. While that might be the case according to the leaked document but you should know that support for x64 applications has been planned for the near future.
Certain classes of apps will not run. Utilities that modify the Windows user interface like the shell extensions, input method editors, assistive technologies, and cloud storage apps will not work when it comes to Windows 10 on ARM. They will need to be recompiled for ARM.
Cannot use x86 drivers. While Windows 10 on ARM-powered devices can run x86 Windows applications, it cannot make use of x86 drivers. It will require native ARM64 drivers instead. Thi will limit hardware support as compared to mainstream Windows 10 and you can expect it to be like Windows 10 S.
No Hyper-V. This is Windows 10 that we are talking about so we expected this to be a feature on the ARM devices as well but it has also been confirmed that Hyper-V will not be supported on the upcoming ARM devices.
Older games and apps may not work. Windows 10 on ARM supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and DirectX 12, but it is possible that the older games and apps will not be supported on ARM devices. You can also check out devices that are powered by SnapDragon chips.
These chips might not be very powerful but these devices will feature a very long battery time and will also always be connected to the internet if you are interested in doing so. If you want something with a bit more power then be sure to check out our review of the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331
Let us know what you think about these devices and whether or not you are interested in buying one of these always-connected devices when they come out even though the ARM chips will limit the functionality that we have grown used to by now.