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Windows 7: Program Folder in W7 X64


15 Jul 2010   #1

 
 
Program Folder in W7 X64

Still very "Green" to Windows 7 X64 OS, but been using XP for 7 years, noticed that there are 2 Program Folder in the C:\ Directory.
Usually I make sure the application that I install, supports X64, BUT why the additional Program Folder >>> Program (X86),?

Is it because of the XP mode that I can use in Windows 7 X64?[



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15 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello XPtoWindows7,

In the 64-bit Windows 7:

Program Files = Where 64-bit programs are installed to by default.

Program Files (x86) = Where 32-bit programs are installed to by default.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Another quarter in the swear jar! As in, each itme this question is asked, someone should put a quarter in a jar. SevenForums could have free hosting for a year!

Anyway, yes this is the norm with all Windows x64 OSes, going back about 6 years or so to Windows XP x64. Those are the defaults, so when an app picks one during it's install, leave it be.
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15 Jul 2010   #4

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello XPtoWindows7,

In the 64-bit Windows 7:

Program Files = Where 64-bit programs are installed to by default.

Program Files (x86) = Where 32-bit programs are installed to by default.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I know that,but if for example, Firefox V3.6..6 [ Latest ] supports both, the 32 and 64 bits,when I installed it "should" goes to the Program Folder, instead it ended up in the Program [X86]?
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15 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

It doesn't really matter where it sends it really. I'm going to look around to check, but I think that is just Mozilla letting you know that the software works fine in 64-bit Windows. Even if it is native 64-bit, as long as it runs, what is the issue?

EDIT: I was right. There is no official build of firefox that is 64-bit. There are a few floating around the web that random people have made, but that it it. When it says it supports 64-bit, it means it should run with no problems in a 64-bit environment. Thus, it goes to Programs (x86).

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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15 Jul 2010   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
It doesn't really matter where it sends it really.

EDIT: I was right. There is no official build of firefox that is 64-bit. There are a few floating around the web that random people have made, but that it it. When it says it supports 64-bit, it means it should run with no problems in a 64-bit environment. Thus, it goes to Programs (x86).
Thanx, for checking on Firefox, & offering an xplanation,since I am new to Windows 7 and 64 Bit machine,that makes sense then..appreciate it.
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