The upcoming version of Windows 10 (2004, or May 2020 Update), will mark an important milestone for the future of Windows.
With this release, Microsoft will no longer have 32-bit images to OEMs, which means that at some point in the future, the company will only develop 64-bit.
Let's take a look at the official announcement before going into details:
"After Windows 10 in the 2004 version, all new systems of Windows 10 should use 64 bit versions and Microsoft will no longer release 32 bit versions for OEMs. This will not affect our 32-bit client systems running older versions Windows 10. Microsoft remains committed to providing functionality and security updates for these devices as well. The provision of 32-bit ISO availability on channels other than OEMs will continue. ”
There are three things you need to know about the end of 32-bit Windows 10.
First, the announcement concerns only OEMs. In other words, Microsoft will no longer have 32-bit images with OEMs Windows 10 to install them on new computers.
Microsoft usually provides ISO images of the operating system to computer manufacturers whenever a new one is finalized update features operating system, thus giving them more time to prepare. OEMs use ISOs to pre-install the most operating system on their devices, so when sold, customers get the latest feature updates.
So after this change, OEMs will no longer have 32-bit images, and will only release devices with the 64-bit version.
Secondly, your device with Windows 10 at 32 bit will continue to work well. The change concerns only OEMs, and all their existing facilities Windows 10 on 32-bit devices will not be affected, and will continue to work as before.
Your computer will still receive updates even with its 32-bit version Windows 10. Nothing will change for now.
And we come to the third: At some point you will need to upgrade to 64-bit. And this will happen for a very simple reason. OEMs will no longer have 32-bit images. In this way, Microsoft essentially took the first step before completely eliminating Windows 32 bit.
When the version of Windows 10 When you reach the end of the support, there will be no more 32-bit versions available, which means you will need to upgrade to 64-bit to continue receiving updates. What does this mean in plain Greek?
According to Microsoft 's maintenance program, the 1909 version of Windows 10 or the November 2019 Update, which is the latest version with a 32-bit version, will end support on May 11, 2021. The Enterprise and Education editions will be retired in May 2020.
The version of Windows 10 2004 is expected to be released this month as RTM build has already been signed. According to rumors, the release will start in the last week of the month, but anyone who wants to try it now can do so from Windows Insider.