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Windows 7: x86 Programs and the 7 x64 All programs list

25 May 2010   #1
darren13

win 7 x64
 
 
x86 Programs and the 7 x64 All programs list

Hi guys,

(Program Files 86 Not Showing in Start Menu)

I've checked this thread, and know how to manually copy a shortcut to a 32 bit program to the All Programs Menu folder on Windows 7 64 bit.

But, that is a major ball-ache. I have tons of 32 bit software installed. I'll be right-clicking

I'm not interested in the solutions within that thread - (shortcut copies to All Programs folder / searching from the start menu etc)

My sole question is - surely the guys at Windows have made it easier than this to just include the 32bit progs on the list?

Seems a pretty obvious one, as the majority of (at least of mine) software is still 32bit?

Anyone with any ideas on this, I'd be very happy to hear them

Thanks,
Darren.


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25 May 2010   #2
iphone

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard
 
 

I suggest making a shortcut to the Program files folder for 32bit programs in :: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

then there should be a folder in start menu that has all the 32bit programs...
and you can search them too ( i hope )
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25 May 2010   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've never heard of this issue and haven't seen it on 10 systems that are currently running Windows 7 x64 of various versions. I'd be interested in seeing if there's a solution for it as well, in case I come across it.
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25 May 2010   #4
joel406

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

I have never seen this in god knows how many windows 7 installs i have done. Check you install paths and make sure thay arent going somewhere other then the programs folder. If they are installing to the wrong location such as another drive or folder other than the programs folder may be your problem.
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26 May 2010   #5
darren13

win 7 x64
 
 

Hello again,

It just seems that whenever I install a 32 bit program, the default location given for the install is C:\Program Files (x86) - would you say I'm fine to change this default location to just C:\Program Files in future installs?

Thanks,
Darren.
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26 May 2010   #6
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Darren,

On a 64-bit system, 64-bit programs get installed to the C:\Program Files folder whilst their 32-bit counterparts get installed to the C:\Program Files (x86) folder, although this is not always followed by the installer. As long as the system knows where it is, I wouldn't worry about it.
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26 May 2010   #7
iphone

Windows 7 32bit, Snow leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darren13 View Post
Hello again,

It just seems that whenever I install a 32 bit program, the default location given for the install is C:\Program Files (x86) - would you say I'm fine to change this default location to just C:\Program Files in future installs?

Thanks,
Darren.

Open Run form startmenu and type Regedit then press enter.


in the registry editor, navigate to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

Locate the value named “ProgramFilesDir” and change the default value “C:\Program Files (x86)” to “C:\Program Files”

close registry editor and reboot!
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26 May 2010   #8
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I'm running 7 home premium x64 and to the best of my knowledge I have only had one program, an old game, that I couldn't find in my start menu after installing it. How old are the apps you are missing and how many are missing? Your current problem seems to be an exception to the way it normally works for most people. I'm not trying to down play your problem, that would really annoy me. Sounds like something got broken along the way, a path somewhere or a permission that is out of whack. You could try turning UAC off on your next install, don't forget to turn it back on again. You're not running a RC or beta are you? Or something downloaded off of bit-torrent? I only ask because some PCs don't come with media and some users don't want to use the restore function and load all the crap ware back on. If non of their buddies have a DVD they resort to bit-torrent to get a disk.
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26 May 2010   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darren13 View Post
would you say I'm fine to change this default location to just C:\Program Files in future installs?
I've heard people say this won't cause any issues, but since there's zero reason to do so, I wouldn't.

As with most configuration options for Windows 7...the phrase "leave it alone" holds true.
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26 May 2010   #10
joel406

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by deaconfrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darren13 View Post
would you say i'm fine to change this default location to just c:\program files in future installs?
i've heard people say this won't cause any issues, but since there's zero reason to do so, i wouldn't.

As with most configuration options for windows 7...the phrase "leave it alone" holds true.
very good advise!!
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