Microsoft to stop offering 32-bit Windows 10 to PC makers

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  • Microsoft intends on doing away with 32-bit versions of Windows 10 at some point, in a gradual phase out.
  • Starting with Windows 10 2004, OEMs will only be receiving 64-bit versions of the operating system.
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Windows 10 32-bit discontinuation

Microsoft intends on doing away with 32-bit versions of Windows 10 at some point in a gradual phase out. Starting with Windows 10 2004, OEMs will be getting only 64-bit versions of the operating system.

64-bit architecture is the future CPU systems

Microsoft published minimum hardware requirements that OEMs in relationship with the company have to address. The company announced that it will stop releasing 32-bit builds of Windows 10 to device makers, beginning with version 2004.

“Beginning with Windows 10, version 2004, all new Windows 10 systems will be required to use 64-bit builds and Microsoft will no longer release 32-bit builds for OEM distribution.”

Microsoft’s decision is in line with the ever-rising demand and preference for high-performance CPU systems. That is why more and more gadgets are coming out with 64-bit processor architectures.

The main reason behind this trend is that 32-bit processors handle only a small amount of RAM. Their 64-bit alternatives are capable of utilizing much more system memory.

Unfortunately, 32-bit Windows 10 is unable to get the most out of modern 64-bit chips. So it makes sense that, in the long run, Microsoft will be focusing on building OS versions with 64-bit processor architecture in mind.

You can still use your 32-bit Windows 10, for now

In the meantime, you need not worry that your PC may be running on the 32-bit version of Windows 10. The change is only affecting newly manufactured devices that have not received any OS from Microsoft yet.

So, if your PC came with the 32-bit OS pre-installed, you will continue receiving support from Microsoft. That includes security updates and regular fixes from the company.

It still makes to prepare for that time when OEMs will not be making 32-bit chips anymore.

With Windows 10 32-bit also gradually dying out, other app and software developers will have little choice but to focus on building for the CPU architecture of the future.

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