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Windows 11 AI-powered Recall feature can run on unsupported PCs with no NPU, but Microsoft doesn’t want you to

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft unveiled a host of next-gen AI features that will ship with Windows 11 exclusively to Copilot+ PCs with powerful NPUs.
  • A user bypassed these stringent requirements and got Windows Recall to work on Arm64 hardware.
  • The feature runs surprisingly well on unsupported hardware, but you’ll likely have a better experience on PCs with dedicated NPU hardware.

While Microsoft’s stringent requirements limit its new and controversial Windows 11 Recall feature to Copilot+ PCs with powerful NPUs like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X chips, Windows sleuth Albacore has seemingly found a workaround that lets the neat feature run on traditional Windows 11 PCs, spotting Arm64 hardware (via TechRadar).

Per the video by the well-known Windows hacker Albacore, the feature functions precisely as Microsoft explained. However, it’s clear that much of the Windows Recall experience doesn’t actually require an NPU. As you may know, an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) is designed to help light the processing power load from the GPU and CPU on PCs to a dedicated chip designed to handle these AI workloads.

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