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Mathematica on Windows 10 on ARM64, native or with x64 emulator

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I asked Wolfram in 2020 if they plan to port Mathematica to Windows 10 on ARM64. The answer came from salespeople and was vaguely NO. In November 2020 came x64 emulator for these Windows in Insiders Preview. I have Surface Pro X with SQ1 processor but do not have (yet) Insiders´ version of Windows. There are mixed opinions on x64 emulator, some software runs in it, some crashes, some does not even start. I have recently been shown Matlab 2021a running in x64 emulator, same for SPSS 64-bit software. The architecture of Mathematica is quite different from all these software by having a kernel which is architecture and OS optimized.

  1. Anybody of you tried with a success running Mathematica in Surface Pro X (or any other ARM64 Windows 10 computer) in x64 emulator?
  2. If, so is it stable, or crashes or have some limitations? I may understand that GPU running will not work, but I can live without it.
  3. Any known plans of Wolfram to port Mathematica to ARM64 Windows 10 (or M1 Mac, where I heard that Mathematica runs well under their emulator, except of shell scripts)?

If there is positive answer for question 1 and 2, I will install Windows Insiders´ Preview. Regards Marcin

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I haven't tried 12.3, but 12.2 would not start for me in the x64 emulator. If you are interested in Windows ARM64 support, you should email Tech Support to let them know of your interest in it.

Ok, but does Mathematica 12.1 at least install without any issues? Is there any message or log about the error? When I tried to launch Mathematica in Windows 10 WSL2 Ubuntu on Surface Pro X (without InsiderĀ“s Preview), it installed correctly from Shell (sh) script, but upon running there was an error, that I cannot run AMD64 architecture file on aarch64 architecture, although the build was for Linux. My friend runs Mathematica in Mac M1 (ARM64 chip from Apple) with their x64 emulator.

Ok, but does Mathematica 12.1 at least install without any issues?

I believe 12.1 behaves in a similar manner to 12.2. My memory is a bit fuzzy here, it has been a while.

When I tried to launch Mathematica in Windows 10 WSL2 Ubuntu on Surface Pro X (without InsiderĀ“s Preview), it installed correctly from Shell (sh) script, but upon running there was an error, that I cannot run AMD64 architecture file on aarch64 architecture, although the build was for Linux.

The x64 emulator is for Windows executables. i.e., it does not apply to x64 binaries running in WSL.

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