Microsoft’s announcement that it will gradually stop supporting the 32-bit version of the Windows 10 operating system looks like a long process. Starting with the 2004 version of Windows 10, the company will no longer provide 32-bit versions of the operating system to OEMs and developers, and new PCs will no longer pre-install 32-bit versions from OEMs, a change already described in the Windows 10 Minimum Hardware Requirements documentation.
But the change doesn’t actually affect existing PCs, and Microsoft says it remains committed to providing 32-bit builds in other channels. This means that you can still purchase a retail version of Windows 10 and install a 32-bit version. But in the end, the CPU of the 32-bit system will no longer be supported by the vendor, and these devices will disappear at some point.
But in fact, as long as you’re not shopping from the antique market, almost any PC processor you can buy now has a 64-bit CPU, at least from a personal PC’s point of view, and it’s not really that long road.
In last year’s Windows 10 version 1903, Microsoft raised the minimum storage capacity requirement for Windows 10 PCs from 20GB on 16GB and 64-bit devices on 32-bit devices to 32GB. It now appears that doubling the storage capacity required for operation and being on the same side as a 64-bit PC may be a delicate step towards the day it moves away from the 32-bit system.