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.