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Windows 7: Why is Windows 7 64-bit not 64-bit?

04 Dec 2012   #31

openSUSE 13.1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Spock3 View Post
Howdr, why does a (so-called) 64-bit operating system reference to a 32-bit folder? All I am saying is that Microsoft is fooling consumers (on purpose).
MS isn't fooling customers, LINUX, MacOS all have backwards compatibility and that's all it is.

If you want pure 64bit computing you will need to compile your own OS from source. There are limitations place on MS and other OS's by hardware that still need 32bit drivers etc.

32bit will die eventually as did 8 and 16, but not quite yet.

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04 Dec 2012   #32

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

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04 Dec 2012   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Here's an example I came across just now, installing a very popular program. It's the latest version of the software. Notice the path it chose by default.

The reason you are used to seeing only one Program Files directory, is because your previous versions were likely all 32 bit, and couldn't handle 64 bit there was never a need to separate out Program Files into two directories.

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04 Dec 2012   #34
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Spock3 I guess the best way of finding your answer is just remove your 32 bit and see how it works. Recommend printing out this Tutorial before you do it.

Clean Install Windows 7

Have a nice day.
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04 Dec 2012   #35

7 x64

Please do not feed the trols.
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04 Dec 2012   #36

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I thought that, too, but I'm holding out hope that Spock3 would come back with some good ol' fashioned questions and turn this into a learning event.
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04 Dec 2012   #37

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

It`s already there when you install windows. Has nothing to do with if you installed a 32 bit program or not.

Right click the folder to see what the size is.
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05 Dec 2012   #38

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

It supports 64 bit. But not all of it is. Some things don't need to be.

What is your underlying concern? Are you taking a perfectionist tact of wanting to keep your installation "pure" 64 bit? There's no such thing, and it's pointless to feel like it's "not quite right." What matters most is efficient and reliable program execution. And that's what you're actually getting. I would just accept it and move on. There's far more compelling things to nitpick on.
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05 Dec 2012   #39

7 Ultimate 64-bit

cytherian, that is my "underlying" concern. Yes, I want it to be "perfect". Unfortunately Windows is far from being "perfect". Never mind "backwards compatibility". I do not intend to use any 32-bit programs. I also surely don't need 'Paint' or 'Wordpad', neither do I need 'Notepad' or MS 'Mail'. The least MS could do is give the consumer a choice to install what he wants. - I remember having had an Atari Falcon in 1993. The operating system (TOS 4) came on a 1.44 MB floppy, gave me multitasking, virtual memory management, 3d desktop, and the essential file operations. And then I could add whatever I wanted! Now I get more than a gigabyte of stuff and what I only want is a 64-bit operating system to run 64-bit applications, and only those!
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05 Dec 2012   #40

7 Ultimate 64-bit

Layback Bear, I always make "clean" installations of Operating Systems! But the installation itself is "unclean", as it doesn't let me choose what I want to install.
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