Bitdefender extends support to ARM-based Windows computers

This article provides information for users seeking to install Bitdefender security solutions on ARM-based Windows computers. As of August 28, 2023 Bitdefender’s security solutions are compatible with ARM-based Windows computers, providing users with reliable protection against cyber threats.

ⓘ  While Bitdefender VPN and Bitdefender Parental Control are currently not available for ARM-based Windows PCs, Bitdefender is actively working to make them compatible in the near future.


What is an ARM processor?


ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) processors are a type of processor architecture commonly used in mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and now increasingly in Windows-based laptops. These processors are designed to be power-efficient, enabling longer battery life while maintaining performance levels suitable for various computing tasks.

However, ARM-based laptops do not run native Windows 10 or Windows 11. Microsoft has created a custom Windows version for ARM hardware, one that can run traditional Windows desktop applications but comes with some limitations. ARM processors can run 32-bit apps, but not all 64-bit apps: only those that have been ported to ARM64. App availability and compatibility may vary. More information about Windows ARM-based PCs and app limitations is available in this article.


How do I know if my PC has an ARM processor?

To determine if you have an ARM-based Windows computer, use any of these steps:

  • Look at the description available on the manufacturer’s website.
  • Do a search on Google with your model name and the term «ARM».
  • Click the Windows Start button, then choose Settings. In Windows Settings open System, scroll down, and click About. Review the information that appears next to the words «Processor» and «System type» to find details about your processor. You’ll see the manufacturer (e.g. Qualcomm, Intel, or AMD) and architecture (e.g. ARM-based processor).
  • Open the Windows Start menu. Search for Task Manager and click the top result to open the app. Click the Performance tab, then click CPU on the left-hand side. The CPU information appears in the top-right corner.
  • Open the Windows Start menu. Search for Control Panel and click the top result to open the app. Click the System icon. Review the information that appears next to the words «Processor» and «System type» to find details about your processor.

After you complete the steps, you’ll know if your device is using a processor from Qualcomm (ARM), Intel, or AMD.


Bitdefender’s security solutions support for ARM-based Windows Computers

Users can install and use Bitdefender on their ARM-powered Windows devices. Bitdefender’s commitment to user safety extends to this growing platform, allowing users to safeguard their digital assets and personal information effectively.

Currently, all Bitdefender security solutions support ARM-based Windows computers:

  • Bitdefender Total Security
  • Bitdefender Internet Security
  • Bitdefender Antivirus Plus
  • Bitdefender Antivirus Free


Compatibility status of Bitdefender VPN and Parental Control

While Bitdefender security solutions seamlessly integrate with ARM-based Windows computers, it is important to note that the following features are not yet available for these devices:

  • Bitdefender VPN
  • Bitdefender Parental Control

Bitdefender is actively working to make these features compatible soon. This ongoing effort aims to ensure that ARM-based Windows users can also benefit from Bitdefender’s VPN service, which enhances online privacy and security by encrypting internet traffic. Additionally, Bitdefender’s Parental Control feature empowers users to create a safe online environment for their families, offering customizable controls for regulating online activities and protecting children against inappropriate content.

VPN & Parental Control

Further updates on the compatibility status of Bitdefender VPN and Parental Control features will be posted on this page.