Windows 11 on ARM adds 64-bit Intel app emulation, but fans have been wondering whether that support will come to Windows 10 on ARM too. It will not.
“We have received questions about the status of x64 emulation in Windows 10,” a Microsoft spokesperson told me. “Microsoft wants to share an update that x64 emulation for Windows is only generally available in Windows 11. For those interested in experiencing x64 emulation, a PC running Windows 11 on Arm is required. Microsoft is committed to supporting customers on Windows 10 on Arm through October 14, 2025.”
Microsoft announced the availability of x64 emulation in Windows 10 on ARM in the Windows Insider Program last December, before Windows 11 existed, but the original post has now been updated to note that this support is only available in Windows 11 on ARM.
“x64 emulation for Windows is now generally available in Windows 11,” Microsoft says. “For those interested in experiencing this, a PC running Windows 11 on Arm is required.”
And let’s get real here. Windows on ARM won’t be viable until Qualcomm ships its next-generation Nuvia-based chipsets for PCs anyway. And today, the firm revealed that that won’t happen until the end of 2023 at the very earliest.