Why are there two program files on my new Dell with Windows 7 Prof? Program Files and Program Files(x86)?

Is there a difference?  What type of programs go in each?
 

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HammerMe wrote:
> Is there a difference? What type of programs go in each?


You apparently have the 64-bit version of Windows 7. The "C:\Program
Files" folder and tree is for 64-bit applications, and the "C:\Programs
Files (x86)" folder and tree is for 32-bit applications. The separation
is necessary the applications will often share the same file names
between the 32 and 64-bit editions, but can't use one another's versions
of the files.


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On Mon, 7-Dec-09 18:03:49 GMT, HammerMe wrote:

> Is there a difference?


Yes.

But first of all note that these are *not* program files. The are
folders--program folders. Each of these folders contains program
files.


> What type of programs go in each?


You are running 64-bit Windows 7. 64-bit programs go into Program
Files and 32-bit programs go into Program Files(x86)


Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003

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