Nvidia to end driver support for 32-bit PCs

Saturday, 23 Dec, 2017

At this point, it is unlikely for any enthusiast to be running a 32-bit OS but there probably are some users with old machines sitting around that get used from time to time. After its upcoming GeForce 390 drivers, the green team will no longer support 32-bit operating systems. Nvidia will, however, continue to deliver critical bug fixes for another year. This includes Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Linux and FreeBSD.

Given that gamers are usually obsessed with performance, this may be the final prompt for gamers to upgrade their hardware or OS to a better-supported version. Linux 32-bit users were still furnished with a driver. 64-bit flavors of Windows can't run 16-bit software, but 32-bit Windows can. Of course, this even applies to those that are running a 32-bit operating system on 64-bit architecture.

As NVIDIA noted, driver enhancements, driver optimizations, and operating system features in driver versions after Release 390 will not be incorporated back into Release 390 or earlier versions.

This change will be applied to all versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, And Windows 10.

In other Nvidia support news, the firm has given notice for the end of support for NVS 310 and 315 products, and Select Nvidia Quad-buffered Stereo Features (bar security updates).

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