Greg Helledy on 19 May 2016 12:49:38 -0700

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[PLUG] Looking for help with Chrome on lubuntu 14.04 trusty i386

But WHEN? How recently? What was the most recent year they shipped 32
bit in a commodity desktop or laptop (not netbook or tablet)?

The Dell Optiplex 790 desktop was *introduced* in early 2011 and shipped with 32-bit Win 7.

The Optiplex 3010 was *introduced* in mid 2012 and shipped with the same OS.

I looked up models of Optiplex on the wikipedia page and then searched for them on Amazon with "32 bit" added in the search field, to find out which OS they shipped with.

So, just using that one model, we know that a mainstream manufacturer introduced a mainstream (not bottom-end, not netbook) new model less than 4 years ago with a 32-bit OS. I'll assume that a mainstream model would be on sale for a year before being discontinued, meaning you could still have bought one as current production about 3 years ago.

I bet if I worked at it I could find an even more recent example. My best guess is it could be as little as 2 years ago that the last 32 bit (OS) Windows machines disappeared from shelves at Best Buy and the Office stores.

MS's automatic Win 10 upgrade won't give you a 64 bit Win 10 if you're running a 32-bit Win 7 or 8.1. You have to download an .iso, back up your data and application and effectively do a clean install (or convince someone else to do it for you).

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