Windows 9 Might Not Work With 32-Bit Computers

Another great day for the Internet! This time the Windows 9 rumor mill is onto CPU architectures, claiming that Microsoft’s upcoming OS might not work with 32-bit computers.

This sure is something not many saw coming, but there you have it.

Reports indicate that Redmond is dropping support for the x86 architecture, and instead plans on releasing versions of the platform that only work on 64-bit and 128-bit machines. Essentially, those with older PCs will not be able to deploy the new operating system on their hardware.

If this does happen, it is going to result in another wave of criticism for the company, not just from people that are still running old PCs, but also those that bought x86 based Windows tablets.

You may recall that the first wave of Intel Atom tablets were only 32-bit devices.

However, statistics do show that the x64 versions of both Windows 7 and Windows 8 clearly dominate the charts, and besides, not many people want to run computers with only 3GB of RAM — the most apparent limitation of the 32-bit architecture.

Microsoft is yet to confirm this, in any capacity, though.

And while report like this also surfaced back in 2012, the company will definitely settle this during the September 30 press event that will see the first public appearance of Windows 9.

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  • BootDrive

    I think if you have a 32bit computer system then you should be accustom to many things not working. Unfortunately (and fortunately) technology changes fast.

    I can already hear the complaints across the internet.

    • Fahad Ali

      True, and they’re just going to get amplified. Even if it’s only 10% of the market, they are going to make their voices heard.

      Luckily, this is something that will be settled this month. Here’s hoping Microsoft makes it a point to mention this, one way or the other. I have a feeling they would want a more streamlined approach not just to development but also patches, updates and support.

  • Arnold

    I call BS on this. I would like to see it happen, but the backlash would just be to great and would be a huge mistake at this stage.

  • JF

    We heard this with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Hopefully, Microsoft isn’t so stupid that they would actually shoot themselves in the foot and leave out an entire market.

    • Walter

      No, but on the other hand you can’t make everyone happy.

  • Yannick

    This isn’t going to happen, they would kill of almost every Windows tablet.

  • Duece

    This would be great. The argument that this would somehow cut off customers is ridiculous. Microsoft does not make their money from joe blow. They make their money from the enterprise. Most enterprises are running Windows 7 x64 bit. As for windows tablets they would remain running the OS they are currently running. No one is forcing you to upgrade. This is not an Android or IOS update. For Atom based processor tablets there is Windows 9 RT. Which Microsoft says is still a thing. Who else are you going to go to OSX, Chrome? Both are 64 bit based now. This is bad as the people hanging on to Windows XP. 64 bit computing has been around for ages now. Time to move on.

  • Little John

    When W8 was release 32 bit OS was going the way of dodo bird, but MS release a 32 bit version. Also W8 was going to be first 128 bit OS and again no 128 bit. At beginning of making W9 I called out this version would be first OS without 32 bit and start of 128 bit. Will there be 128 bit software in future and hardware support? Like W9 support for 8K monitor, who whats 8k machine? Movie maker? What would be price tag for 8k system? What would be limit of memory of 128 bit system? (2^128=3.4e38)

  • Fredrick

    I think it’s safe to say that there are going to be alot of people with alot to say no matter what is done.

    • PeterPan

      Absolutely! There is no way to make everyone happy so they just have to do what they think is best and hopefully its best for most of us.

  • Yannick

    Also, we’ve heard this claim so many times now. Windows Vista was also going to be 64 bit only. So was Windows 7, heck, Windows 7 would even went 128 bit. Windows 8 idem dito. And guess what? Windows 8.1 too! Back in 2009, 128 bit was pointless. Now, and in the upcoming years, it still is. There sure will be a time where Microsoft kills of 32 bit versions of Windows. But that’s not going to happen in the near future. Not in Threshold.

    • tinytim

      I think they say this to see how people feel about it.