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Windows 7: Program files/Program files(x86) HELP

29 Dec 2010   #41
WillPeskett

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I have 64-bit Windows 7 and have been trying to use my old copy of Microsoft Office 2007, which MS's W7 Compatibility Centre says should work OK. Up to a point. When I click on an Excel file, it fails to open the Excel application. OK if I manually open Excel and then browse for the file, but this could prove tiresome. I found that I had loaded Office 2007 into the Program Files (x86) folder. When I right click on my Excel file, go to 'Open With', and browse for a program to open the file, it's not there. This is because 'Open With' gives you Program Files to browse, not Program Files (x86). I boldly moved the Office suite from PFx86 to plain PF. Now Excel shows in the 'Open With' list and I can point my file in the right direction. Everything now back to normal. Hope this helps!


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16 May 2011   #42
jpaul3

Windows 7 HomePremium 64bit
 
 
Program Files, etc...

I recently purchased a Seagate External Hard-drive from Best Buy to back up our computers at home. It does not back up program files (or windows system files.) Should this have been something to consider before getting an External HD for Backup?

Thanks,
John
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16 May 2011   #43
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello,

You can create a Windows System Image to backup Windows settings and program files: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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28 May 2011   #44
hoangngochieu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry, I posted it at a wrong place
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29 May 2011   #45
hoangngochieu

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Thank you very much, all of you!




Join Date: May 2011

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Thank you very much, all of you!
Your answers have solved my problems. I was going to delete the file C:\Program Files x86 as I thought it was so useless when I saw this article. Thank you so much!!! You've saved my laptop!!!

These answers have solved my problems.
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08 Jun 2011   #46
Rack4u

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I have two hard drives can I just create another file on the second hard drive called Program Files x86 to store new programs that I may not want on my first drive to prevent it from getting to full?
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08 Jun 2011   #47
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rack4u View Post
I have two hard drives can I just create another file on the second hard drive called Program Files x86 to store new programs that I may not want on my first drive to prevent it from getting to full?
Hello Rack4u, welcome to Seven Forums!


You can install progs/apps to wherever you like but don't name it Program Files, too confusing, a word of caution though, not letting some things install to the default location may cause serious issues when they try to run but I haven't had it happen yet.
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24 Oct 2011   #48
vbrown

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

So if by chance, there should potentially be some type malware located in the Program Files (x86) folder, would it be a bad idea to completely delete the folder?
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26 Oct 2011   #49
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vbrown View Post
So if by chance, there should potentially be some type malware located in the Program Files (x86) folder, would it be a bad idea to completely delete the folder?
Hello vbrown,

Deleting the Program Files (x86) folder would likely delete many programs that are installed, so it's not recommended. A better idea would be to run a virus scan on that folder using a program such as Malwarebytes or the ESET Online Scanner.
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26 Oct 2011   #50
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenEleven View Post
Should I install the Windows7 32bit also or I'm OK as is?
You will need 32bit windows only if you have 16 bit legacy applications. These applications can not be run on 64 bit windows.

The 32 bit windows can be run as XP mode on Windows 7 x64.
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