Windows 11 receives exclusive x64 Windows on ARM emulation

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  • Users on Windows 10 will not have access to the x64 support feature.
  • On October 14, 2025, Windows 10 users will finally get access to the feature.
  • Windows 10 users can still use their Windows on ARM for X86 emulation and standard 32-bit, but will not receive the x64 support. 
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Microsoft finally provided the x64 support  to Windows 10 on ARM, last year in December. The move fostered an emulation environment, which allowed 32-bit programs to smoothly run in x64 emulation. 

The feature has been in preview since that period. However, Microsoft has some disappointing information concerning the much needed feature. 

Exclusive access to Windows 11

The x64 emulator for Windows on ARM will still be available, however, Windows 10 users will not be able to access the feature. The feature will be exclusive to Windows 11 users only. 

Currently, there is an emulation that is already in place reaching general availability on the new platform. Moreover, Microsoft has not clearly indicated why they are only allowing Windows 11 users to access the feature and not Windows 10 users. 

Microsoft disclosed that the x64 update for Windows is exclusive to Windows 11. Therefore, users interested in utilizing the x64 emulation feature must have a device running Windows 11 on ARM

Windows 10 gets the feature

Despite this restriction, Microsoft is still on the move to also cater for Windows 10 users. Users on Windows 10 on ARM will get the feature by October 14, 2025. 

The move by Microsoft clearly indicates that they wanted to add new exclusive features to the new platform.  Windows 10 users can still use WIndows on ARM for x86 emulation and standard 32-bit, however, they will not receive support from x64. 

There are plans underway, where Microsoft will work together with AMD to develop its own ARM processor. The processor will cater for WIndows on ARM PCs, both OEM and Surface hardware.

Both Microsoft and AMD are trying to come up with a chip that will most likely be used in Surface devices. However, it will not be exclusive. 

Therefore, Windows on ARM OMDS will have access to the chip and even use it on their devices. 

Are you excited to see the x64 support feature come to Windows 11? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.