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#1 Hikermann

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 11:10 PM

New to Windows 7 - why are there two Program Files in the C:\ drive (Program files; Program Files (x86))?  I'm only used to there being one.  When a new program is loaded in, to which of these does it go by default?  If there are files in the x86 one can (should) they be moved to the other Program Files (or vice versa)?

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 12:29 AM

http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/windows-7-64-bit-two-program-files-folders/


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 07:42 AM

In simplistic terms...

C:\Program Files is used to store 64-bit files
C:\Program Files (x86) is used to store 32-bit files; this folder is used for backwards compatibility which allows older programs to run under the 64-bit operating system. Doing this ensures legacy 32-bit applications continue to work the same way they used to work on a 32-bit operating system without imposing rules which apply to 64-bit applications.

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