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Windows 7: Why is Windows 7 64-bit not 64-bit?

04 Dec 2012   #1
Spock3

7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Why is Windows 7 64-bit not 64-bit?

I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I still get that "Program Files (x86)" folder besides the "Program Files" folder. I do not and I do not want to use any 32-bit crap. How can I legally get rid of the 32-bit crap?


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04 Dec 2012   #2
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spock3 View Post
I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I still get that "Program Files (x86)" folder besides the "Program Files" folder. I do not and I do not want to use any 32-bit crap. How can I get legally get rid of the 32-bit crap?
there is still many 32 bit software.. for example many web browsers still are 32 bit.. there is some 64bit versions but for example development was stopped for firefox 64bit.
so with so many 32bit software it would be not practical to remove 32bit support.
32bit is not crap there is limitations but most of the times you do not see any difference.
64bit computing in consumer operating system is very young and still not many developers make 64bit software.. only from vista 64bit windows sees some support.
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04 Dec 2012   #3
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

What is Windows Program Files and Program Files (x86)?

You probably do need it are are using it without even knowing.
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04 Dec 2012   #4
4wd

W8+8.1, W7 ult+hp, XP
 
 

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I do not and I do not want to use any 32-bit crap
You've got nothing in your Programs Files (x86) folder ?
Whatever, I see it as a feature -> compatibility for all kinds of programs, past and future. A 64bit-only OS could (or will) be very restricting.
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04 Dec 2012   #5
VitalOd

7 ultimate 64
 
 

Windows 7 64 bit will still run most 32 bit software. If you install any 32 bit software your 64 bit system it will go into the program files (x86) folder.
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04 Dec 2012   #6
Spock3

7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

To be more precise: I do not use any 32-bit software. Sequoia 64-bit, Plug-Ins 64-bit, WinRar 64-bit, Sony Vegas 12 64-bit. That's it. I don't need Games, Internet, DVD Maker, not even MS Office and so on. How can I get rid of these? I think Microsoft is unfair to force users to have all this "crap" on the harddisk.
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04 Dec 2012   #7
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What is in your Program Files (x86) Folder? Can you post a screenshot please?
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04 Dec 2012   #8
Spock3

7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I can do that when I am at home. But I can tell you that there are all the MS folders that I also find in the "Program Files". Common Files, MS Build, Media Player, Internet Explorer (I don't even have a network connection for this computer), MS Mail, and so on. The programs I use and installed are all 64-bit. The same applies to any hardware drivers. - Now, if I read you right, you suggest that I must have installed a 32-bit program and that's why I get the x86 Program Files. I'm going to check that and let you know the result. Thanks for your comments, anyway.
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04 Dec 2012   #9
VitalOd

7 ultimate 64
 
 

I know what you mean, when you pay for a 64 bit hardware and software you expect to use it at all times. But I wouldnt let it bother you, its not worth the rise in blood pressure

Some software is so processor efficient that having a 64 bit version of it wouldn't really give you a noticeable performance increase.

Also sometimes when you install a 64 bit version of something it automatically installs a 32 bit version as well, though this doesn't happen all that often.
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04 Dec 2012   #10
Spock3

7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thanks, VitalOd, but don't worry about my blood pressure. I'm fine.
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