Nvidia to end driver support for 32-bit PCs

Just yesterday, Nvidia released its new GeForce 388.71 WHQL driver. As it turns out, that could be one of the last to support 32-bit operating systems, according to a support page listed by the company.

Release 390 will be the last to support the legacy architecture, and according to Ars Technica, that is likely to arrive in January. Nvidia also says that it will support critical security fixes for an additional year, but 32-bit machines won't get any new features, optimizations, or enhancements.

The change affects users running Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10, Linux, and FreeBSD, assuming that you're using a 32-bit flavor of the OS. Of course, this even applies to those that are running a 32-bit operating system on 64-bit architecture.

Indeed, there are reasons that some people may still be on a 32-bit version of an OS, and that includes legacy software. 64-bit flavors of Windows can't run 16-bit software, but 32-bit Windows can. Naturally, these users will have to use some form of virtualization for these applications.

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