Microsoft is phasing out Windows 10 32-bit support for OEMs

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Windows 10 operating system can run on both 32-bit and 64-bit
processor architectures. A 64-bit processor is more capable
than a 32-bit processor and it handles more data at once, which
is why modern PCs are shipped with a 64-bit version of Windows
10.

If you have a computer running the 32-bit version of Windows
10, you can upgrade to the 64-bit version as long as you have a
compatible processor.

With an increase in the availability of 64-bit processors and
demand of Windows 10 64-bit version, Microsoft is beginning to
phase out 32-bit support for future devices. In an update to
minimum hardware requirements, Microsoft revealed that it won’t
offer Windows 10 May 2020 Update to OEMs for their 32-bit
machines.

“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,” the
company noted.

Windows 10 May 2020 Update could potentially be the first step
in ridding us of 32-bit operating systems and apps. Microsoft
says that it will still support users with the 32-bit version
of the OS and both security and feature updates will be
delivered on 32-bit systems.

“Microsoft remains committed to providing feature and security
updates on these devices, including continued 32-bit media
availability in non-OEM channels to support various upgrade
installation scenarios,” the company added.

As we highlighted above, most new devices are released with the
64-bit version of Windows 10. All modern processors are also
64-bit based and the system is capable of storing more
computational values and memory addresses than the 32-bit based
CPU.

If you’re using older hardware, this move likely isn’t much of
a concern, at least for now.

The update arrives in the last week of May

Windows 10’s May 2020 Update (version 2004) is poised to begin
rolling out in the last week of May. While we don’t know the
official date for when the May 2020 Update will roll
out, the company has confirmed that a three-day launch
window.

Based on a schedule highlighted by Microsoft, the next

feature update will be delivered on May 26, May 27, or May
28.

The rollout schedule aligns with a rumour which suggests that
Windows 10 version 2004 will arrive on May 28.



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