Wonder whether Windows 11 will have 32-bit or not? This post gives some analysis on Windows 11 32 bit. Still, if it is still supported, ways to help you get Windows 11 32-bit version are also included. For more computer tips and solutions, you can visit MiniTool Software official website.
Microsoft announced the new Windows 11 OS on June 24, 2021, and indicates that Windows 11 will be rolled out in late 2021, maybe October 2021.
Based on the Windows 11 specifications & requirements, you can see it supports 64-bit and users can easily conduct the Windows 11 64 bit download and install task. But will Windows 11 still support 32 bit? How to get Windows 11 32 bit downloaded for your PC?
Learn how to download PC Health Check app to test your PC for Windows 11’s compatibility.
Will Windows 11 Have a 32-bit Version?
There are some rumors online saying that Windows 11 will not support 32-bit any more. Is it true?
Rumor 1. Checking the Windows 11 minimum system requirements from Microsoft, the processor requirement is: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC). Based on this, some people predict that Windows 11 will only support a 64-bit processor and there will not be a 32-bit version. But the 32-bit apps can still work well on 64-bit Windows 11 PC.
Rumor 2. It’s said that Microsoft will start a process of no longer supporting the 32-bit version of its latest operating system. It might be a long process, but it has begun on May 27, 2020, since Windows 10 Version 2004.
Begin with Windows 10 Version 2004, Microsoft has announced that it won’t support the 32-bit version for the operating system for new OEM PCs. In other words, any computer you buy in the future that has Windows 10 OS preinstalled will be running the Windows 10 64-bit version.
But there is nothing to worry about if you already own a 32-bit PC. Microsoft says that it will continue to update the OS with new features and security patches.
Our Prediction: Windows 11 might not provide a 32-bit version for OEM computers anymore. But it may not affect the existing PCs. If you are running on a 32-bit Windows 10 PC, you can still upgrade to Windows 11 32-bit version if your computer meets the hardware requirements of Windows 11. But this is not the final word. We can look forward to the official announcement from Microsoft when Windows 11 rolls out for the public.
But one good idea is, you may choose to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit now since 64 bit Windows can take better advantage of hardware specs and the 32-bit Windows may have several limitations like weak security measures.
If your PC can’t run Windows 11, then you may upgrade your computer hardware to meet the system requirements to download Windows 11 32 bit/64 bit.
Learn how to upgrade from 32-bit Windows 10 to 64-bit Windows 11 in this post. A step-by-step guide is provided.
How to Download and Install Windows 11 32 Bit If It Is Supported
If Windows 11 still supports the 32-bit version, how to get Windows 11 32-bit downloaded and installed on your PC? You have several ways to go.
One way is using Windows Update. For Windows 10 users, you can upgrade to Windows 11 for free. You can click Start -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update and click Check for updates button. Windows will automatically check for the latest Windows 10/11 update. If you see a Windows 11 build is available, you can click Download and Install link to automatically download and install Windows 11 32 bit on your PC.
Another way is to download Windows 11 32 bit ISO file and perform a clean install of Windows 11. Microsoft doesn’t release the official Windows 11 ISO image file yet. You may find some Windows 11 32/64 bit ISO download resources online, but do find a reliable resource or it may cause system crashes.
Based on the analysis, it’s likely that you may be able to get Windows 11 32 bit if your Windows 10 computer already runs on a 32-bit version. But for OEM computers with preinstalled Windows 11 OS, they may have the 64-bit version of Windows 11 by default and there is no 32-bit version.