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Nvidia announces it is ceasing support for 32-bit driver updates

Nvidia has announced that it will no longer be releasing ‘Game Ready’ driver updates for 32-bit operating systems after April 2018, and will cease even offering critical security updates after January 2019. 

As if you needed any more reason to stop using a 32-bit version of Windows, Nvidia has now announced that doing so will lose you access to the most recent graphics card drivers, reports Engadget.

64-bit computers have been the default for over a decade, and as software has been updated, the reasons to continue using old 32-bit versions, which are restricted to 4GB of RAM or less, have reduced to near zero. Most 32-bit software runs perfectly well on 64-bit Windows.

However, Microsoft has continued to produce 32-bit versions of Windows over the years, including the most recent Windows 10 to support the small number of programs that continue to be unable to run on 64-bit systems.

So unless you’re one of those people that absolutely needs a system to run one of these niche pieces of software, it’s probably about time you made the upgrade. Nvidia’s announcement is as close to the final nail in the coffin as it’s possible to get.

If you’re still running 32-bit Windows, what’s your excuse? Let us know @TrustedReviews.

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