Windows 11 Is Here But These PCs, Laptops Won’t Get To Taste It

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It is now confirmed that Windows 11 is a 64-bit operating system, unlike Windows 10, which was available in both 32-bit and 64-bit architecture. This means any PC or a laptop with a 32-bit processor will not be able to run Windows 11 OS despite having all the other requirements of Windows 11 OS.

 
Windows 11 Is Here But These PCs, Laptops Won’t Get To Taste It

What Are 32-bit And 64-bit Architecture?

64-bit is the latest computer architecture that is used across computing devices like PCs, Laptops, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and more. A PC with a 32-bit architecture processor will have all the data like memory address and integers in 32-bit integer or four octets. It can store a maximum value of 2^32 and can only use 4GB of memory at max.

Similarly, a 64-bit architecture will have 8-octet and can store a maximum value of 2^64. It can support up to 16 Exabytes of memory which means, 64-bit architecture will remain as a standard at least for the next few decades, at least in mainstream computing. Hence, 128-bit computing could be limited to super computers.

Due to the limitations of the 32-bit architecture and given the number of active 32-bit architecture computers, Microsoft might have decided to make Windows 11 OS a 64-bit only operating system. Hence, anyone with 32-bit architecture-based computer won't be able to enjoy Windows 11 at all.

Do note that, Microsoft was actually one of the last major OS developers to stop supporting 32-bit architecture. However, Windows 11 still supports 32-bit apps and software. This means you can still download on install a 32-bit application on a computer running Windows 11. Do note that, the latest version of the macOS does not even support 32-bit app installation.

Should You Worry?

If you bought a new Windows laptop or a PC in the last 6/7 years, then it is highly likely that it will be a 64-bit architecture-based computer. Hence, there is nothing to worry about the same. However, if you have a legacy device, which is more than 10 years old, then, there is a possibility that the computer might be using a 32-bit architecture and might not support Windows 11.

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