Thursday February 23, 2017

AMD Ends Windows 8.1 32-Bit Support with Latest Radeon Software Release

This information is essentially for trivia purposes only, since I can’t imagine how anyone could live with 4GB of user addressable memory in 2017, but AMD is officially killing off driver support for the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1. Nvidia continues to offer support for the lower-bit edition, but I think AMD’s decision is pretty justifiable.

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When we got in touch with AMD, we were told that the company doesn't have new drivers for 32-bit Windows 8.1. We were even told that it's because nobody cares about 32-bit Windows 8.1 anymore, citing extremely low download numbers. Apparently, AMD is cutting down costs and time for its driver development team by discarding operating systems and architectures that only a few people use. It was first to dump Windows XP support, and support for Windows 8 (in favor of Windows 8.1). While the company does provide 64-bit Windows 8.1 WHQL drivers as regularly as its popular Windows 7 and Windows 10 ones; it is skipping support for 32-bit Windows 8.1 going forward.