Quote: Originally Posted by a cooperator
But I know all programs which are 32bit installing in the directory Program Files (x86)\; however, 64bit installing in the directory Program Files.
But Belarc, being a 32-bit
program, will install in the Program Files (x86)
folder on a 64-bit OS. Keep in mind that the x86 designates 32-bit.
If you install Belarc on a 32-bit OS it'll be placed in the Program Files
The older 32-bit OS/machines couldn't run 64-bit programs so programs would typically install to the Program Files
folder. There was no need to have two separate folders.
Newer 64-bit system can run both 32-bit and 64-bit. But they must be kept separate. Say you found a new program you want to try on your 64-bit system called My New Program
. But it's available in both 32 and 64-bit versions. When you install the 32-bit version it should install into the Program Files (x86)
folder, the 64-bit version will keep its files separate from the 32-bit version and should install into the Program Files
folder. You can now try out each version; in your Start Menu you'll find 2 entries for My New Program
, one for the 32-bit and the other for 64-bit. But I think it's up to the developer how they appear. He might label them as My New Program
for the 32-bit and My New Program (64-bit)
for the 64-bit, but he can label them however he sees fit.