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Windows 7: Why 2 sets of Program Files?

07 Jul 2010   #1
Dick H

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Why 2 sets of Program Files?

When I open my hard drive there are two sets of Program Files, PROGRAM FILES and PROGRAM FILES (X86). There are a few duplicate entries, but they have different created dates.
PROGRAM FILES has 24 folders, PROGRAM FILES (X86) has 42 folders.
What is going on?
Here is a screen shot of both.
http://www.pbase.com/dickh/image/126318244.jpg


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07 Jul 2010   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

64 bit system.

Program files are 64 bit

Program files (x86) are 32 bit
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07 Jul 2010   #3
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
64 bit system.

Program files are 64 bit

Program files (x86) are 32 bit
I believe you are correct, sir!
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07 Jul 2010   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It's funny how this puts so many into a panic. It's been that way through Vista's release almost four years ago, and is perfectly normal. When you go to install software, the system will choose one of the two based on the app being installed. Let the default path be used, and you'll be fine.
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07 Jul 2010   #5
Dick H

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
It's funny how this puts so many into a panic. It's been that way through Vista's release almost four years ago, and is perfectly normal. When you go to install software, the system will choose one of the two based on the app being installed. Let the default path be used, and you'll be fine.
Thanks for the info. Very confusing since I never had VISTA (thank God!).
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07 Jul 2010   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick H View Post
Very confusing since I never had VISTA (thank God!).
I honestly can't remember if XP x64 did this or not. It's been a long time since I ran that OS. Since you have Windows 7 now, you aren't missing anything from the Vista era anyway.
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07 Jul 2010   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

To the best my little brain can remember windows 7/64 has 32 and 64. I will shift back and forth when need be all by itself. There is nothing to worry about.
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07 Jul 2010   #8
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dick H View Post
Very confusing since I never had VISTA (thank God!).
I honestly can't remember if XP x64 did this or not. It's been a long time since I ran that OS. Since you have Windows 7 now, you aren't missing anything from the Vista era anyway.
Yes, Windows XP 64-bit edition did the same thing;

Here is a document explaining it briefly.
Frequently asked questions about Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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