The writing was on the wall. Microsoft has started, what promises to be a very long process, that of no longer supporting 32-bit versions of its latest operating system. It began on May 13, 2020.
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Microsoft is no longer offering a 32-bit version of the operating system to OEMs for new PCs. The company has made official this change on the Minimum Hardware Requirements documentation, which basically means that hardware vendor cannot make new PCs with 32-bit processors.
To be clear, this change does not affect existing PCs. Microsoft made it known that it is still committed to offering 32-bit builds in other channels. In other words, you can still buy a retail copy of Windows 10 and use it for these older processors.
But seeing as these 32-bit CPUs will not be supported by chip vendors anymore, and with Microsoft not allowing vendors to make new ones, they will just go away at some point. This development is simply the beginning of the long road towards the move away from these machines.
Almost all modern PCs that you can buy now come with a 64-bit CPU, and the demand for 32-bit processors has plummeted. With that said, there is nothing to worry about if you own a 32-bit PC. There likely will not be any issues going forward, unless we have a surprise change in Microsoft policy. These devices will go out on their regular support timelines — there is no hurry to see their demise.
This is only Microsoft taking the necessary step to keep up with times. Last year, Microsoft pulled a similar move. It increased the minimum amount of storage that a Windows 10 PC can have from 16GB on 32-bit devices and 20GB on 64-bit ones, to 32GB across the board. That doubling of storage requirement seems like it was a subtle step towards what we have now.
What Microsoft fails to mention is that these 32-bit computers have a limit of about 3.5Gb of RAM, as memory addresses above this level cannot be used, regardless of how much RAM above that limit is installed on those computers. With the growth of Windows 10, the maximum memory on 32-bit computer provides poor performance for most systems. Most moderate users require 6-8Gb of RAM, or else the system is constantly swapping memory contents back and forth to the disk drive to achieve the processing of most workloads.
As an example, on my 64-bit system, that has 8Gb of RAM (and all non-essential programs have been halted), I only have about 2.2 Gb of RAM available to start other programs. The operating system, drivers, and processes take 2.9Gb of RAM, and the Standby memory that contains the cached for Windows 10 is 2.9Gb.
So, if you do not mind 20 minute plus boot times, eating breakfast while attempting to open a browser, you can certainly use the minimum requirements that Microsoft specifies. With my 8Gb, and a solid-state disk drive, my system completes the entire boot process in less than 23 seconds. Note: I measure the boot process from power-on, to the completion of loading memory and my disk drive is idle.
Microsoft has just released a new minimum requires document that contains 905 pages of technical details of what hardware, and hardware functions should be on all new computers.
In Section 3.2 of that document it specifies the minimum RAM requirement as 1Gb for 32-bit system, and 2Gb for 64-bit systems.
Most hardware vendors understand the problem here as it reflects poorly on the performance of their hardware. Most vendors have been shipping systems with a minimum of 4Gb, but most are now upgrading the new systems to a minimum of 8Gb.
The HP line of computers are starting to convert their products to use solid- state disk drives, thus replacing the slower HDD drives. Dell has most desktops and laptops with solid-state drives and are utilizing an HDD and SSD combination for computers that have large storage requirements.
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George Cox is the owner of Computer Diagnostics and Repair. He can be reached at 346-4217.