Beginning with Windows 10 version 2004, 32-bit Windows 10 is being phased out (beginning with OEMs)

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Well, even Linux is phasing out 32bit. Developers don't like to maintain 2 set of code.
 

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That said, I wish that MS would then provide a "32-bit Mode OS" (in a VM image), similarly to how "XP Mode" was supported in Win7 Pro. Just for those older games, whos installers used 16-bit InstallShield, which only runs on 32-bit Windows, and DOES NOT RUN on 64-bit Windows.
 

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That said, it is about time, many Linux distros have dropped 32-bit support, or at least "i386" support, I don't know about "i686" support. And even Core2-era PCs are 64-bit compatible, as were, I believe, Prescott P4s. Anything older than that, hardware-wise, has probably turned to dust by now. :p

OH! But what about those little 7" Windows OS tablets running on Bay Trail atoms, which are 64-bit capable, but for whatever reason, were saddled with a 32-bit UEFI.

I guess the mfg's could offer a firmware flash to switch to 64-bit mode, followed by a mandatory re-installation of the OS image using a 64-bit installer. Could happen, I guess. Or maybe they'll just be stranded on Windows 1909 or 1903 32-bit ... forever.
 

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32-bit probably only hung around with 8 and 10 because Microsoft had dreams of tablets and phones running Windows. Those dreams are dead now.
 

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Just one very important question: I have Windows 10 Home 64 version and I have quite a few programs that I only needed and installed the 32 bit version of. I don't care if they force the OS itself to be 64 bit only, as long as we can still install 32 bit programs which go to the Program File (x86) directory .. Does anyone know if this will still be the case ? ?
 
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Just one very important question: I have Windows 10 Home 64 version and I have quite a few programs that I only needed and installed the 32 bit version of. I don't care if they force the OS itself to be 64 bit only, as long as we can still install 32 bit programs which go to the Program File (x86) directory .. Does anyone know if this will still be the case ? ?
I’m sure 32 bit programs will be safe for a long time.
Microsoft has far too many corporate customers that would go nuts if their 32 bit programs or crm or schedule tracker or whatever stopped working.
This is only about new windows installs. They will all be 64 bit going forward.
 

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