Installation options for ARM64 programs on WoA

I was wondering if anyone knows if ARM64 programs will be able to be downloaded from the Internet and installed on a WoA Windows PC in a traditional Windows fashion or whether they must be purchased from the Store. My question doesn’t refer to any esoteric workarounds, just a straightforward capability to install non-store apps.

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  • Paul Thurrott

    Premium Member
    07 April, 2018 - 9:38 am

    <p>If you are running Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Enterprise (e.g. not in S mode), yes. It should work just like any version of Windows. You can do so today with x86/x64 EXEs. The issue is, why would any developer bother to create such a thing? In the future, it may be as simple as checking a box in Visual Studio when you compile the application. But I bet this will still be rare.</p>

    • skane2600

      07 April, 2018 - 6:29 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#260430"><em>In reply to paul-thurrott:</em></a></blockquote><p>Thanks. I'd say the value of targeting ARM on Windows is questionable at this point regardless of whether it's a store app or not.</p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        08 April, 2018 - 10:35 am

        <blockquote><a href="#260530"><em>In reply to skane2600:</em></a></blockquote><p>If it's just a check-box in Visual Studio and is automatic, there's no downside.</p>


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