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Windows 7: Point new program installations to C:\Program Files NOT (x86)

23 Jan 2015   #1
rafiki

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Point new program installations to C:\Program Files NOT (x86)

I have always kept my programme installation directories in C:\Program Files and would prefer to keep it that way. So many programmes these days default to C:\Program Files (x86). It is a pain to keep editing the location required when setting up a new machine. Is there any way to persuade new installations to default to the former?


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23 Jan 2015   #2
Kaktussoft

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Only on X64 windows versions you have C:\Program Files (x86) and C:\Program Files.

C:\Program Files (x86)=>for 32 bits applications
C:\Program Files=>for 64 bits applications

Why don't you like that logic?
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23 Jan 2015   #3
rafiki

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Yes, I understand the logic but to me it's irrelevant. I would prefer they all reside in one area.
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23 Jan 2015   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

They go there for a reason, don`t change anything.
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23 Jan 2015   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

By default most 32 bit applications will install to the "Program Files (x86)" folder in a 64 bit OS, even older applications that predate 64 bit operating systems. I don't believe there is any way to force a different default because this is ultimately controlled by the application. There are good reasons for this and mixing 32 bit and 64 bit applications in the "Program Files" folder is usually a bad idea.
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23 Jan 2015   #6
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For the vast majority of cases installing in one location or another is irrelevant. But the default location is actually provided by the OS (to well behaving programs anyway, but most are in this aspect), and is the OS what makes the difference between 32 and 64 bits installers.

The reason for that is simple. Keeping them separate allows you to have both 32 and 64 bits of a particular program together at the same time, without doing too much hassle during install or risking them overwriting each other.
One example of such dual installation is the built-in Internet Explorer. Some other programs may also drop files in both places (that's where the distinction becomes most useful) and many programs come in both flavors, should you ever want to have them coexisting.
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23 Jan 2015   #7
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

It is NOT a good idea
You only have 4GB of RAM
You won't lose any memory by installing the 32-bit version of Windows

There are 64-bit stubs that call 32-bit executables. If you're moving the 32-bit executables into Program files, you're essentially using all 32-bit programs.

Rather than muck about that way, just install the 32-bit Windows.

Note: Your license allows you to install either 64 or 32 bit.
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23 Jan 2015   #8
rafiki

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I am grateful for all your comments. I am perplexed because I have been, naively, manually lumping them all together for as long as I have had a 64 bit OS. I haven't had any major problems doing that but perhaps I've just been very fortunate. I'll let the rest of the installs on this new machine reside wherever they suggest. Thanks again.
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23 Jan 2015   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

sounds like a plan rafki, it will save you from doing unnecessary work too
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