Microsoft has updated the documentation with the minimum hardware requirements on which Windows 10 must be installed. According to it, the company is gradually starting to refuse to support 32-bit versions of its operating systems and applications.
This solution primarily affects computer manufacturers. It was to them that the company from Redmond stopped sending a new assembly of Windows 10, the devices with which they were about to exit.
I have a 32-bit system, what threatens me?
The company will still continue to maintain and update your Windows 10, so there is no reason for concern.
However, sooner or later it will stop. Another question: when exactly? I do not think this will happen in the next couple of years.
What will happen to 32-bit applications?
It’s hard to say. Many commentators believe that they will run on 64-bit systems without problems. However, it is possible that in the future Microsoft will refuse to support such applications, as Apple did with the release of macOS Catalina.
But if you look at the recent Microsoft Surface Pro X, built on an ARM processor, then 32-bit applications should not be threatened: this computer works only with them, but does not support 64-bit ones. I talked about this pain in a review:
Why did Microsoft do this?
Over the past few years, all released processors support the launch of 64-bit operating systems and applications.
In fact, 32-bit operating systems are a relic of the 80s and 90s when they became widespread. They are limited in computing resources and the amount of RAM used. 64-bit ones use this whole thing much more efficiently.
How do I check which version of Windows 10 I have?
You can find this out by following the path: “Start” → “Settings” → “System” → “About System”. On the right is the “Device Features” section. In the item “System Type” the bit depth of your OS will be indicated:
When will the latest update be distributed to users?
The release of Windows 10 build 2004 will begin from May 26 to May 28.