Nvidia to cease producing new drivers for 32-bit systems

Nvidia to cease producing new drivers for 32-bit systems

By | December 25th, 2017
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Version 390 of Nvidia's graphics drivers, likely to arrive in January,

will be the last to contain support for 32-bit versions of Windows (7,

8/8.1, and 10), Linux, and FreeBSD.


														
							

Reasons to stick with 32-bit Windows are at this point few and far between. 64-bit Windows has superior security to 32-bit, and while it varies with workload, 64-bit applications can run somewhat faster than 32-bit counterparts; for workloads that won’t fit within the constraints of 32-bit software, the difference is of course enormous.

There can be software issues, too: 32-bit Windows can run both 16-bit Windows and 16- and 32-bit DOS applications. 64-bit Windows cannot. Virtualization software such as VMware, or emulation software such as DOSbox, is arguably the better option for anyone who still needs that kind of compatibility.

While the PC has a long history of backward compatibility and legacy support, 16- and 32-bit software and ancient hardware are set to become a lot harder to use in the next few years. The loss of driver support is one part of this; another is Intel’s plans to drop BIOS compatibility from firmware by 2020. This change will make it impossible to boot all 16-bit (and almost all 32-bit) operating systems on modern hardware.

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Nisheeth Bhakuni