Although for a long time Intel has provided legacy BIOS support to consumers, the company recently announced that it will be killing off support for the software as the company wants to completely transfer to more secured UEFI by the end of 2020.
Although UEFI has been around for a long time, Intel’s Class 0-2 versions of UEFI have included support for legacy BIOS via a Compatibility Support Module. However, the company is going to make UEFI Class 3 mandatory in the coming years and as a result, will stop supporting the CSM feature completely.
With the upcoming change, Intel will make it mandatory that all of the new motherboards run UEFI Class 3. As a result, you won’t be able to run 32-bit versions of Windows or Linux. Apart from operating system, you won’t be able to run 32-bit software. Although majority of the modern PCs are capable of running 64-bit system, a solid chunk of old PCs relied on 32-bit system. This is the main reason behind Intel’s continued support for BIOS although UEFI provided better security.
This latest news comes as earlier this week, reports revealed that Intel’s modern processors contain some major security vulnerabilities to put a large number of consumers at risk.
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