Windows 10 ARM64 will support some Epson printers right out of the box, at the moment all Epson scanners are not supported by Windows 10 ARM64.
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What is ARM?
ARM is a different type of processor architecture from the standard Intel x86 and 64-bit Intel architecture used on PCs today. (Even AMD produces chips that are compatible with Intel’s architecture.)
Mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, and Android phones—along with many other smaller devices—have ARM chips instead of Intel chips inside them.
So why the change to ARM processors?
Low-powered ARM PCs have some advantages over traditional x86 ones (which are most of the desktops and laptops we use today). ARM PCs have built-in LTE cellular connectivity, often offer better battery life than Intel and AMD CPUs, and the hardware is less expensive for manufacturers.
What is Windows 10 ARM?
Microsoft would like Windows 10 to run on ARM hardware so it can reap those benefits. Sure, you probably won’t use an ARM desktop any time soon, but ARM could be a great choice for tablets, 2-in-1 convertibles, and even smaller laptops.
Rather than creating a more limited version of Windows for this platform, like they did with the failed Windows RT, Microsoft has decided to release a full version of Windows 10 for ARM hardware, one that can even run traditional Windows desktop applications.
The resulting devices are designed to be “Always Connected” and promise up to 20 hours of active use and 700 hours of “Connected Modern Standby”. And they can even run traditional Windows desktop software.
Support for Older Hardware Devices May Be a Problem
While Windows 10 on ARM can emulate traditional desktop applications, it won’t be able to install hardware drivers written for traditional x86 or x64 Windows operating systems.
It will need ARM versions of those hardware drivers to support different hardware devices.
Microsoft promises that Windows 10 on ARM “will have great device support for USB peripherals using the in-box class drivers”. That’s great for modern USB peripherals. But read between the lines: Devices that aren’t supported by the built-in drivers won’t work. Printer utilities and other hardware driver utilities may not work, either. This could be an issue for older or more obscure hardware peripherals.
When can you expect to buy a ARM powered Device?
Believe it or not, the first Windows 10 on ARM device was the Asus NovoGo, which shipped before the end of 2017. Most ARM-based devices, such as the HP Envy x2 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, were available in 2018, but it is only now where demand is growing and people are switching to this new system.