Microsoft has just announced that the Windows 10 OEM channel will be completely out of the 32-bit version as of the May 2020 update, also known as Version 2004. After that, the software giant will no longer provide the original equipment manufacturer with a non-64-bit version of the system. For customers who are still using the earlier 32-bti system, Microsoft will continue to provide them with the necessary features and security updates, including continued 32-bit media available in non-OEM channels, as well as various upgrade installation options.
In short, this bulletin covers only three areas:
(1) First, this policy change will affect only new machines in the OEM channel, and subsequent PCs will be installed in 64-bit versions.
(2) Second, old devices, as well as 32-bit systems for non-OEM channels, updates and security patches are not affected.
(3) According to Microsoft’s maintenance schedule, the latest 32-bit version, Windows 10 1909 (updated November 2019), will end on May 11, 2021.
When the Windows 10 32-bit version reaches EoL, users who want to continue receiving features and security updates must try to switch to the 64-bit version.
With this in mind, we recommend that you be ready to switch to the Windows 10 64-bit version as soon as possible, although the number of devices affected by this announcement may be small.
It is reported that after the RTM version is approved, Windows 10 2004 will be launched to the public later this month.
For friends who want to taste it, sign up as an Insider tester, open the Release Preview preview channel, or download the latest Pure Installation Image via the MSDN channel.