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Windows 7: C:\ Program Files

16 Dec 2014   #1
Hikermann

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 
C:\ Program Files

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)?

Many thanks.


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16 Dec 2014   #2
Gator

Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Program Files is the default directory for 64-bit programs
Program Files (86) is the default directory for 32-bit programs

Just in case you are interested..

32-bit and 64-bit explained
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17 Dec 2014   #3
Hikermann

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

So .. one should probably not move files from one to the other, if only to keep housekeeping neat?

Thanks.
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17 Dec 2014   #4
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Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 & Server 2012r2 VMs: Kali Linux, Backbox, Matriux, Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hikermann View Post
So .. one should probably not move files from one to the other, if only to keep housekeeping neat?

Thanks.
No it should be left as is.
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17 Dec 2014   #5
Hikermann

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You're the AnswerOne tonight. Appreciate.
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