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[PC] Installation - Cannot install PTCGO on Surface 2/ARM based processors

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Muggleslayer

I recently bought a new Surface 2 tablet (which runs Windows RT 8.1). When I tried to download Pokémon TCGO I got the message "This app not supported by this version of Windows". Which is weird, because it ran fine on my old Surface 1 which ran Windows 8. Any suggestions?

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Mod_Elderberry

Seeing that it has Windows RT installed, that means the computer has a 32-bit ARM architecture (ARMv7) processor.

As said on wikipedia in the Windows_RT#Software_compatibility page:

 

However, while Windows RT inherits the appearance and functionality of Windows 8, it contains a number of limitations, which includes only being capable of executing software that is digitally signed by Microsoft (which includes pre-loaded software and software obtained from Windows Store). [...] Due to the different architecture of ARM-based devices compared to x86 devices, Windows RT has software compatibility limitations. Although the operating system still provides the traditional Windows desktop environment alongside Windows 8's touch-oriented user interface, the only desktop applications officially supported by Windows RT are those that come with the operating system itself; such as File Explorer, Internet Explorer, and Office RT. Only Windows Store apps can be installed by users on Windows RT devices; they must be obtained from Windows Store or sideloaded in enterprise environments. Developers cannot port desktop applications to run on Windows RT, since Microsoft developers felt that they would not be properly optimized for the platform. As a consequence, Windows RT also does not support "new-experience enabled" web browsers: a special class of app used on Windows 8 that allows web browsers to bundle variants that can run in the Windows RT "modern-style user interface" and integrate with other apps, but still use Win32 code like desktop programs. [...] Windows RT was criticized for its poor application support - its ARM architecture did not support standard Windows applications built for x86 chips, thus it lacked a proper app ecosystem

 

 

 

In short, there are very few application that can run on ARM Processors and Windows RT, the ones that can are made specifically by Microsoft and can be obtained in the Windows Store.

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