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Windows 7: Two Program Files Folders


01 Oct 2009   #1
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windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Two Program Files Folders

Is it normal when installing Win 7 64 bit to have two Program Files Folders, one marked (x86) on 'C' Drive?

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01 Oct 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yes, it is ...
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01 Oct 2009   #3

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

When you install new software, Windows 7 puts it automatically on Program Files folder if the software you are installing is 64-bit version.

All 32-bit programs are installed to Program Files (x86) folder.

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01 Oct 2009   #4
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windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Guys, I am not sure I can really see the advantage of 64 bit at the moment, perhaps there is some slight speed increase, but not enough for me to notice.
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01 Oct 2009   #5

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Performance can be enhanced sometimes but 64-bit was really designed to allow for more addressing space. That is, more memory (RAM) can be installed and utilized by the system.

In many cases where not a lot of RAM is needed, 32-bit Windows can still outperform 64-bit.
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04 May 2012   #6

Win 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
In many cases where not a lot of RAM is needed, 32-bit Windows can still outperform 64-bit.
Why is that?
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