I'm trying to figure out whether to install programs in Program Files or Program Files (x86). I do understand (hopefully correctly) that PF(x86) is meant for programs which will not run either on Windows7 or on 64 bit; that PF(x86) was set up to allow those programs to run on this machine. Ok. I have seen programs where there are 32 bit and 64 bit versions. But by far most of the programs I intend to download don't offer different versions. Most of them do say whether they will run on Windows 7, but not 32 vs 64 bit.
I was thinking that unless the download website said otherwise, most programs should be installed in Program Files. However, the 1st few I set out to install, in the installation wizard, when I came to the page where you type or browse to the place where you want to install it, already it shows the file that it suggests or assumes that I should install to. And contrary to my expectations, most of them "suggest" installing in PF(x86).
So is it a correct assumption that when the wizard "suggests" installing in PF(x86), that it in fact can't run on either Windows 7 or 64 bit? If so, then that's my answer, just follow that "suggestion" or "prompt". But sometimes the obvious thing isn't the right thing to do, so I wanted to consult tech support.....somewhere (Dell is apparently tired of all my questions).
So for clarity, my question: 1 - Does the fact the install wizard prompts installation in PF(x86) mean in fact that the program doesn't run on Windows 7 or 64-bit and should properly be installed in PF(x86)?
Thank you very much for your patience and attention to my problem here. I really appreciate it :-D