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Windows 7: Program files,32bit & 64bit?

03 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Program files,32bit & 64bit?

Today,I've installed 64bit version of windows 7 for first time ever,and I see that I have 2 Program Files folders in C partition(beside Program files in D partition ),Program Files 32bit&Program Files 64bit.
Is that normal,or maybe I have messed up something when I was making another partition.
And another question,if that is alright,then I'm suposed to install 32bit programs in Program Files 32bit folder,and 64bit programs in other folder,or Windows 7 do it by default?

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03 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 RTM

LOL, nothing to worry about.
I believe in Windows 64-bit, it installs a component called WoW (Windows over windows, or something like that) that allows the OS to run 32-bit applications.
Windows seperates all your program files, based on whether they are 32- or 64-bit.

When you install a 32-bit application, in my experience, it will always auto-detect your C:\Program Files (x86) as the default folder to install.
The opposite goes for 64-bit apps, it just installs in the C:\Program Files folder.

Windows 7 does this by default, I believe Vista also did this in the 64-bit flavours.
Nothing "messed up", its the default behavior.

Hope this cleared it up.
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03 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yes,it did.First time ever,like I said.
Thank you very much
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