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Windows 7: 64bit Creates a folder for x86

25 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7
64bit Creates a folder for x86

I installed the 64bit Window 7 Ultimate. When I installed a game that run on 32bit, it created a folder 'Program File x86' in my C: drive.

Every other application I installed is defaulted to install into x86. I guess it is because the last application I installed was a x86 compatible only.

My question is, when I install new programs, should I set the path to use the 64 bit Program Files directory instead of the default x86. Does installing into the x86 folder only run the application in 32bit mode?

I'm a bit confused on this. Any advise would help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You do nothing during the install process. Windows will put the files in the correct directory, based on 32 or 64 bit compatibility.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2009   #3

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate

You don't have to do anything as kegobeer said.

Windows 64 bit includes the WoW (windows on windows) emulator that will let 32 bit applications run. It handles this for you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7

That's great. Thank you for explaining that. :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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