Even though 64-bit systems have become the norm, there are still many people and organizations that are using legacy machines with 32-bit operating systems. It’s not avoidable for some people as they have to run 16-bit or 32-bit applications that are not supposed on 64-bit systems. However, if they rely on NVIDIA hardware, they might have to think about updating their machines. NVIDIA has announced that it will soon end support for 32-bit operating systems.
NVIDIA has confirmed that after Version 390 of its graphics card driver it’s not going to release any drivers for 32-bit operating systems for any GPU architecture. It reiterates that drivers released after the aforementioned version will not operate and install on 32-bit operating systems.
Driver enhancements and optimizations as well as operating system features in driver versions released after Version 390 will not be incorporated back into Version 390 or earlier versions. This decision impacts 32-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 10, Linux, and FreeBSD.
The company does mention that it intends to support criticial driver security fixes until January 2019.
Users who are still running a 32-bit system and also require drivers for their NVIDIA graphics cards will now have to think about upgrading their machines as soon as possible.