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Windows 7: Program file?


02 Jan 2012   #1
fluidmotion

Win7 Starter 32 bits
 
 
Program file?

can i delete 'Program file' in hard disk drive?


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02 Jan 2012   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

More information. What is the name of it? File or folder? More the better.
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02 Jan 2012   #3
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Program Files and Program Files (x86) are Windows system folders. A 32-bit Windows 7 stores programs and applications on Program Files, a a 64-bit Windows 7 stores 32-bit programs to Program Files (x86) and only 64-bit programs to Program Files. Notice that Program Files (x86) folder only exists on 64-bit systems.

You may not delete or remove a Windows system folder. Other system folders are Perflogs, ProgramData, Users and Windows.

Kari
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02 Jan 2012   #4
bbearren

7 Ultimate x64/7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The system folders can be relocated and/or renamed, but it is by no means a simple process.
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02 Jan 2012   #5
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
The system folders can be relocated and/or renamed, but it is by no means a simple process.
Of course it will most likely result in other problems in installing programs. And cause you a real headache which is really not necessary.

I don't understand why anyone would want to either remove or rename the programs folder..

But then I am old and set in my ways.

Rich
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02 Jan 2012   #6
bbearren

7 Ultimate x64/7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bbearren View Post
The system folders can be relocated and/or renamed, but it is by no means a simple process.
Of course it will most likely result in other problems in installing programs. And cause you a real headache which is really not necessary.
Actually, the result (when done correctly) is increased system stability and security. In almost two years, I have not encountered a single problem with installing programs, Windows Updates, or any other software problems of any kind. No BSOD's, no hangs, no lockups, nada; just a quick, responsive system without issues on my desktop and two laptops.

As I said, it is not a simple process, but it only needs to be done once. And it's not for everyone, either. I recommend that only advanced users attempt it.
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02 Jan 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Deleting the Progeram files is one sure way to destroy your system. Why would you want to do that.
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02 Jan 2012   #8
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

You can delete files inside Program Files, for example you uninstalled CCleaner and CCleaner remains in Program Files, you can destroy the CCleaner folder but never the actual PF folder.

Remove programs if it is using disk space.
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04 Jan 2012   #9
fluidmotion

Win7 Starter 32 bits
 
 

name of programs are listed in this folder,
web browsers, webcam, mc office...
does each program run from this folder?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Infinite View Post
You can delete files inside Program Files, for example you uninstalled CCleaner and CCleaner remains in Program Files, you can destroy the CCleaner folder but never the actual PF folder.

Remove programs if it is using disk space.
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04 Jan 2012   #10
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Yes, some system files run from there too.
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