With the release of the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.2.1 drivers AMD has stopped supporting Windows 8.1 32-bit.
First, we thought that this was some kind of a mistake but it has been confirmed that AMD has stopped supporting the operating system. Upon further inquiry, we found that it was due to the small number of downloads that the Windows 8.1 32-bit was getting.
It is understandable that AMD does not want to spend resources on an operating system that only a small number of people are using but the people that are using Windows 8.1 32-bit will need to shift to Windows 10. Something that not everyone is prepared to do right now.
AMD is cutting costs when it comes to the companies driver development team and this is nothing new. First support for Windows XP was taken away and now the same is the case with Windows 8.1 32-bit. The 64-bit version, on the other hand, is getting regular updates just like Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Keeping this in mind one would think how long will it take before AMD decides to drop support for Windows 7 as well. Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 on people for some time now and it would not surprise me that everyone started dropping support for Windows 7 in the upcoming days.
Windows 7 has been regarded as one of the best operating systems ever seen and there are still plenty of people using the older operating system. I am sure that there will be many people that do not want to make the shift to Windows 10.
While this would be something alarming I am sure that people still have time to enjoy Windows 7 while it is supported. Talking about Windows 7, AMD Ryzen will not be supporting the older OS completely and this means that if you come by some problem you will either have to live with it or shift to Windows 10.
Let us know what you think about AMD no longer supporting Windows 8.1 32-bit.