Converting things from x86 based (intel or AMD) chip types to ARM is definitely not easy, generally the only way for software written for x86 to run on ARM chips is to go back to the source code and edit it a bit then recompile for an ARM architecture. In general trying to make x86 software run on ARM in any way makes getting Windows exe software running on linux look utterly trivial, that's what a bother it can be. Now the whole point of a Windows OS is to let people run exe file programs*, x86 based exe file programs, many of which do not have available source code and many of which are legacy and no longer in development and for which the source code is not only not publically available but is probably lost forever. Emulating x86 on ARM can get around this but it too is tricky, and quite slow compared to programs running without emulation.
No wonder Ms's project to put Windows 10 on ARM is struggling. ARM chips can do really great things but they are so different from x86 at the very lowest level than going between the two is a total nightmare.
*this is the case in the real world, not however in microsoft's dream world where they become a fashion brand and set up a walled garden of M$ products which no-one in their right mind would actually want. In such a dream world a Windows OS exists to take a user to a magic cloud where all the cool people hang out and have their data sold to advertisers and not to run useful programs.
Edited by rp88, 14 April 2018 - 03:03 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB