Microsoft confirms Windows 11’s Copilot+ PCs with Snapdragon have some limitations | Laptop News

Microsoft has confirmed that Copilot+ PCs with Snapdragon X (ARM) chips still have certain limitations, but are the current limitations a big deal? Not anymore.

While Windows 11 24H2 does make a difference and Windows on ARM performance is now on par with other chips, you might still run into certain limitations, including limited gaming.

In our tests, Windows Latest observed that Copilot+ PCs live up to expectations with faster performance and longer battery life. These Snapdragon PCs are not designed for gaming, but thousands of games have been tested, and they do manage to get up to 30 frame rates under most conditions.

In a support document spotted by Windows Latest, Microsoft has acknowledged five known limitations with Windows 11 on ARM (Copilot+ PCs). As compared to Windows 11 24H2, Windows 10 on ARM has over seven limitations, but things have gotten much better in 2024.

Does this mean you can now use Windows Fan and Scan features on Snapdragon Copilot+ PCs? No. Windows 11 isn’t supposed to support these features on ARM for several reasons, including technical limitations. The fan and scan features are tied to old specific drivers, features and legacy software which are not optimized for ARM.

As a result, Microsoft says it isn’t possible to use the feature on Windows ARM.

What else is broken? Drivers for some apps and games may not work. While Windows on ARM can run anything via the Prism emulation, you may not be able to use apps or games that rely on specific drivers not developed for Windows on ARM.

“If a driver doesn’t work, the app or hardware that relies on it won’t work either (at least not fully),” Microsoft warns in the support document.

As Windows Latest previously reported, most peripherals and devices…

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