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Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/23/2017 7:59:26 AM   
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If you're running a 32-bit operating system and are using an Nvidia GPU you better start thinking about upgrading to 64-bit if you want to continue to get game ready drivers. Yes, you read that correctly. Nvidia will no longer provide drivers for 32-bit operating systems after the 390 driver release. Not surprising. Existing drivers will probably keep extreme legacy programs on older operating systems going for another 10 years or so. That should be adequate. And new games usually require more than 4GB ram (32 bit OS limit), so I don't see a problem with this.

https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4604/kw/release%20390/session/L3RpbWUvMTUxMzkwNjMzMy9zaWQvZlV4aDdfUDZZVFZsNkFIQ0NYeHliSSU3RUJSekU2bzNPeXBLN2NzeWI3UFQ4eE1OdkxyaF90Zk1zbHpibGY2UGp0VnZBUUF0Z1JicW1xZzRZWDlDb2p4N0JOcnh3eXNoNGo0ZXlGaVlBRTdOeGtBdlByVVFsQVlZclElMjElMjE%3D


End of NVIDIA Driver Support for 32-bit Operating Systems

Answer ID 4604 Updated 12/21/2017 04:23 PM

WHEN IS THE NVIDIA DRIVER ENDING SUPPORT FOR 32-BIT OPERATING SYSTEMS?

After Release 390, NVIDIA will no longer release drivers for 32-bit operating systems1 for any GPU architecture. Later driver release versions will not operate, nor install, on 32-bit operating systems. Driver enhancements, driver optimizations, and operating system features in driver versions after Release 390 will not be incorporated back into Release 390 or earlier versions. This impacts the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8/8.1
Microsoft Windows 10
Linux
FreeBSD
NVIDIA intends to support critical driver security fixes until January 2019.
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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/23/2017 1:23:32 PM   
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Thank you for the heads up.

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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/24/2017 8:03:40 AM   
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Glad I switched to Raedon back in 2008. Has been a better card all the way around as I had nothing but trouble with Nvidia cards from the get go.

I've had this PowerColor Raedon 5770hd since 2008; no other card ever lasted that long that was Nvidia. (knock on wood of course)


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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/24/2017 2:41:08 PM   
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Damn, I like to squeeze at least a decade out of every PC I have ever owned.

Maybe someone can give some basic advise. I am running Windows 10 32 bit
My "system info" states 32 bit operating, x64 based processor

Its an old intel processor, I looked it up on intels website and it does states 64 bit instruction set...

So is there any other possible hardware/driver issues I might run into? Is it as simple as just installing the 64 bit version of windows?

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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/24/2017 5:17:58 PM   
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For older processors you have to enable 64bit processing in the BIOS. Then it is as simple as installing a 64bit OS.
Technically you can just stick with your 32bit setup and older GPU drivers if all you do is play older games. The new drivers should only influence high end modern 64bit programs.

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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/24/2017 5:27:02 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: zakblood

If you're running a 32-bit operating system and are using an Nvidia GPU you better start thinking about upgrading to 64-bit if you want to continue to get game ready drivers. Yes, you read that correctly. Nvidia will no longer provide drivers for 32-bit operating systems after the 390 driver release. Not surprising. Existing drivers will probably keep extreme legacy programs on older operating systems going for another 10 years or so. That should be adequate. And new games usually require more than 4GB ram (32 bit OS limit), so I don't see a problem with this.

https://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4604/kw/release%20390/session/L3RpbWUvMTUxMzkwNjMzMy9zaWQvZlV4aDdfUDZZVFZsNkFIQ0NYeHliSSU3RUJSekU2bzNPeXBLN2NzeWI3UFQ4eE1OdkxyaF90Zk1zbHpibGY2UGp0VnZBUUF0Z1JicW1xZzRZWDlDb2p4N0JOcnh3eXNoNGo0ZXlGaVlBRTdOeGtBdlByVVFsQVlZclElMjElMjE%3D


End of NVIDIA Driver Support for 32-bit Operating Systems

Answer ID 4604 Updated 12/21/2017 04:23 PM

WHEN IS THE NVIDIA DRIVER ENDING SUPPORT FOR 32-BIT OPERATING SYSTEMS?

After Release 390, NVIDIA will no longer release drivers for 32-bit operating systems1 for any GPU architecture. Later driver release versions will not operate, nor install, on 32-bit operating systems. Driver enhancements, driver optimizations, and operating system features in driver versions after Release 390 will not be incorporated back into Release 390 or earlier versions. This impacts the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8/8.1
Microsoft Windows 10
Linux
FreeBSD
NVIDIA intends to support critical driver security fixes until January 2019.
warspite1

Thanks for the heads up - just one problem though, I haven't got a clue what you just wrote about?


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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/24/2017 5:51:32 PM   
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atm Nvidia support the 32bit versions of operating systems on windows, but this numbered update release is the last, so unless a serious bug in it is found in the future, they will after this only support 64bit operating systems with there drivers, so buying the latest card on a 32bit system of windows is now pointless, as it will work for a few months etc, 3 to 6 maybe, then some could run into errors on some games with no more updates for a given game, because of the drivers not being compatible etc

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RE: Nvidia Will no Longer Support 32-bit OS in 2018 - 12/24/2017 8:31:30 PM   
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quote:

Thanks for the heads up - just one problem though, I haven't got a clue what you just wrote about?


Graphics: GPU = Graphics Processing Unit. This primarily applies to video cards (although some motherboards have built-in graphics chips). Note that the demand for high-resolution graphics for games and streaming video has gotten so high that you will frequently find computers where the GPU is more powerful than the CPU.

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