Cygwin x86 end-of-life

Jon Turney
Fri Nov 11 15:50:33 GMT 2022

As has previously been announced, Cygwin is dropping support for x86 
Windows. Cygwin 3.3.6 is the final version supporting x86 (32-bit) 
Windows, and the forthcoming Cygwin 3.4 will be released for x86_64 only.

Concurrent with that, updates to x86 packages will be stopped, and the 
Cygwin x86 package repository will be archived.

(Instructions on the special steps needed to install from that archive 
will be forthcoming, once we've worked out what they are.)

If you're using x86 Cygwin under WOW64 on a 64-bit Windows OS, please 
strongly consider moving to an x86_64 Cygwin installation.

(If you have ARM hardware, we believe that x86_64 Cygwin works correctly 
using the x86_64 emulation in Windows 11)

If you're one of the tiny percentage of Cygwin users using x86 Cygwin on 
a real x86 Windows OS, don't panic! The current installation will 
continue to run on your system. You just won't get any more updates.

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