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Advice on desktop specification

We are currently doing a refresh of all our IT infrastructure and I was interested on what the current advice is on purchasing desktop equipment. One question which jumps to mind is whether purchasing 64 bit hardware is a better option in regards to future proofing our systems. We currently refresh equipment on a 10 year interval.  Is VDI technology still popular or is it really only viable for companies with 50+ workstations?
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One question which jumps to mind is whether purchasing 64 bit hardware is a better option in regards to future proofing our systems.

I hope today you do not have any 32-bit hardware.  YES, if purchasing hardware, only purchase 64-bit machines capable of at least 16 GB of memory. We have not see need for more, but some companies might. Desktops often allow 32 GB of memory.

We currently refresh equipment on a 10 year interval.   <-- That is too long for desktops systems. Even top quality systems are long in the tooth after about 7 years and manufacturers have started limiting BIOS updates (Necessary) to 5 or 6 year old machines.

In my space of 15 to 50 employees, desktop computers, and more and more laptop computers are still very standard.

Windows 10 Pro 6-bit or Enterprise 64-bit is the preferred operating system.
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and be sure to use SSD's for the OS and applications;  sata, or NVMe types for having optimal disk speed
You cannot buy 32 bit preinstalled anymore.
M$ in their infinite wisdom has seen fit not allow ANY  major OEM to sell it preinstalled.
Been there done that.
You cannot buy 32 bit preinstalled anymore.
Preinstalled - no. Installed by the end user though, yes. Cheap Mainboards that also do not support 64-bit software can also still be purchased, unfortunately, usually by bargain basement suppliers, so worthwhile noting to ensure whatever hardware is upgraded fully supports 64-bit software imo.
Well,in some cases if you have a 32 bit custom app that only runs on 32 bit ,having the flexibility to order it from say Dell or HP or Lenovo is a nice thing to have.

I talked to one of the guys from Dell and was told M$ basically said no,not allowed.

Why they would do this is anybody's guess as they still push you to install 32 bit over the 64 bit version of office.
@Author:  I dumped 32-bit hardware 10 years ago and never once looked back. You should not buy cheap hardware (referenced above) if you wish to future proof as you said.

Purchase only commercial high quality 64-bit hardware and upgrade any software applications that will not run in Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (or Enterprise).
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Thanks to everyone who responded. Was really helpful.
You're very welcome rabpwh1000, and thank you for returning to close this question.

Regards, Andrew