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Microsoft limits support

by Tejas Dhawan

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In addition to the Windows 10 version, which most people know and use, there is another variant that has been regularly supplied with important updates by Microsoft since the market launch. However, support for 32-bit systems is now limited.

32-bit version of Windows 10: Microsoft discontinues official support

Since Windows XP, Microsoft has offered its popular operating system in two versions: 32 and 64 bit. However, since the 32-bit versions of Windows don’t even support 4 GB of RAM or more, they were gradually forgotten.

Nowadays, almost all current PC systems that can be bought use a 64-bit version of Windows. That should also be the reason why Microsoft has now decided to give the 32-bit variant the pass – at least for OEMs. This is the result of an entry in a new official Microsoft support document.

This mentions that the upcoming May update can only be installed by PCs with a 64-bit system. Computers with a 32-bit system will therefore not be able to benefit from the new functions of the upcoming software update.

How to keep Windows 10 up to date:

Security patches and even function updates should continue to be provided to users. There is also the option to switch to the 64-bit version at any time. Microsoft also plans to continue to provide 32-bit media to further cover any upgrade scenarios.

Which version of Windows do I use? How to find out!

If you are not sure whether you are still using a 32-bit version, you can find out with a few simple clicks:

  • Presses Windows key + Eto open the Explorer.
  • In the left column you will find the point “This PC”.
  • Right-click on it and then left-click on it “Properties”.
  • You will then end up in the Control Panel under the menu item “System”.
  • Under the section “System type” very much whether you are using a 32 or 64 bit version.

The fact that Microsoft is discontinuing support for the 32-bit version is annoying for the corresponding users – but it is astonishing that Microsoft has kept this Windows version up to date for so long.

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