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Windows 7: When I download programs, it default to the correct "program files" ?


04 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS
 
 
When I download programs, it default to the correct "program files" ?

I have been confused if programs automatically download to the optimum "program files" for 32-bit or 64-bit or do I have to select which if the two program files I want it in? It seems everything has been going into the x86 file. I don't want to just move them all over to the 64-bit file if they really belong in the x86 file, but I am sure my new photoshop programs belong in the Program Files file yet they seen to have downloaded into the Program Files (x86) instead. Also, how am I to know which programs are better suited for either folder?

Update: I tried copying the Photoshop file and moving it to the 64-bit folder but it won't let me do so, saying a file is in use somewhere. I do not have any files from this open; I even restarted the computer to completely close anything that MIGHT be open and I get the same message. Is this maybe because it does not belong in the Program Files folder for 64-bit programs? Any other hints on how I can move this program, along with Adobe Premiere Elements (for making videos) that gives me the same message? I have been told these programs would work better running as 64-bit programs so that is why I want to move them.

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04 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Windows 7 64-bit uses WOW64 (a x86 emulator) Running 32-bit Applications (Windows)

This means you'll see two Programs folders: Program Files, which is the container for your 64-bit applications and Programs Files (x86), which holds your 32-bit applications.

Any program you install will be put in the correct location. Your new Photoshop programs will be under Program Files (x86) because they are 32-bit applications, with the exception of the 64-bit version of Photoshop, which will be under Programs Files.

Do not try and move the location of your applications, just let Windows 7 put them where they belong.
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04 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS
 
 

Thanks so much, and I am sure glad to know Windows 7 decides automatically to put them where they belong! I thought maybe they were just going to the last destination I picked and that I have been messing up all along. Sure do wonder why they didn't call the files "Program Files (x64) and (x32), though, instead of (x86)! Would have made things a LITTLE less confusing....

Again, thanks for the fast response.
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04 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

Information here on the x86 architecture: x86 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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05 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

"Update: I tried copying the Photoshop file and moving it to the 64-bit folder but it won't let me do so, saying a file is in use somewhere. I do not have any files from this open; I even restarted the computer to completely close anything that MIGHT be open and I get the same message. Is this maybe because it does not belong in the Program Files folder for 64-bit programs? Any other hints on how I can move this program, along with Adobe Premiere Elements (for making videos) that gives me the same message? I have been told these programs would work better running as 64-bit programs so that is why I want to move them."

Photoshop CS4/CS5 comes in both the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version. All other Adobe software that you mentioned are 32-bit versions and you can't move them to the 64-bit programs folder.

The assumption that you change 32-bit software by moving it to the 64-bit Programs folder will change them to the 64-bit version is completely wrong.

As I've said, 32-bit software will be in the Program Files (x86) folder and 64-bit software will be in the Program Files folder.

If you want 64-bit versions of Photoshop you will have to buy them as a standalone product. Adobe Design Premium does however contain both versions of Photoshop, but of course it is very expensive.
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02 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
download location

Hello
It seems whenever I want to download a file like erunt, it should go to program files, like all the tutorials or videos, but in my pc it wants to go to C:\,users, us etc. as do all of my downloads.
When there are browser options I can choose a folder of my choice but my point is that it seems program files should be the default location and is not in my pc.
Any corrections appreciated.
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02 May 2012   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seven2 View Post
Hello
It seems whenever I want to download a file like erunt, it should go to program files
I'm not following your logic.

Why would you expect the download of a program file to automatically land in a different spot on your hard drive than the download of a picture of a cat?

As you say, that's generally controllable through the browser. If you have chosen C:\users as the default download location, I would expect ALL downloads to land there.
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02 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 

If there is no "browser" opportunity, do all Win 7 downloads go to the same place?
When I look in computer I see C:\,users, us, downloads.
With the exception of 'us' which is our pc name, do all Win 7 have the same download location or do you create a location?

We all need someone to help us learn at some time in our lives.
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02 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Unless you specifically change the download location, your downloads should default to C:\User Name\Downloads.

If you want to change it you should click on the download link at the bottom of your screen and click Save As then point the download to a folder of your choice.
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02 May 2012   #10

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seven2 View Post
If there is no "browser" opportunity, do all Win 7 downloads go to the same place?
When I look in computer I see C:\,users, us, downloads.
With the exception of 'us' which is our pc name, do all Win 7 have the same download location or do you create a location?
I have no idea what browser you use or what you mean by "browser opportunity".

I use Firefox.

In Firefox, you can set a default location for ALL downloads.

I have set my default to D:\downloads.

All downloads land there. Cat pictures and programs.
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