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Programs vs. Programs X86

#1
In Vista, when I need to add software manually, I'm unsure whether to place it in Programs, or Programs X86. A local retailer tells me that Windows 7 doesn't have the programs divided into these two sections, and doesn't know what 'X86' means. I've looked through the contents of both and can't discern a pattern that offers any clues. What's this about? Thanks.
 

Chase

americano
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#2
My computer has the "Programs" and "Programs X86" folders. My computer is also a 64bit version of Vista, I would presume that is the case for you. All of my program files are located in the "Programs X86" folder.
 
#4
Americano! I'm so jazzed about your Avatar! best one I've ever seem. Gotta get one for myself (different purpose, yeah) that'll run on FFox.
Response to both you, and to mansrm81: Thanks for the clarification, and yes, I'm 64bit. I imagine that most (??) software designers for Windows know how to configure the install code so that it will seek & find it's way to the correct of the 2 sections...I have plenty that show up in both. But now & then I dwnld. something that I have to put there myself, the way it behaves-- w/ no instructions and no automation. --Shakur100
 

whs

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#5
A local retailer tells me that Windows 7 doesn't have the programs divided into these two sections, and doesn't know what 'X86' means
If I were you, I would switch retailers. You don't want to be stuck with one that does not know Computer 101.
 

ripbox

Nerd
Vista Pro
#6
Yes it is true that if you must install anything manually then it will most likely belong to the x86 folder..... anything 64bit should automatically install by default to "programs" without the x86 as the instaler should be indexed to install to that location for system references and indexing

you may install any program to any director without cause for alarm or risk killing your system, it is just more logical to index installs to pre given directories for better house keeping and performance

On my personal system i have 4 directories
2 preset (programs & programsx86) for every day essentials e.g antivirus ect
2 custom built directories (D://Installed programs\software | D://Installed programs\ Games) software is for bloatware and untrusted installs and Games is for Game installs

so yes you can install you programs to the 64bit preset programs directory but it has no beneficial factor
 

Chase

americano
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#7
Americano! I'm so jazzed about your Avatar! best one I've ever seem. Gotta get one for myself (different purpose, yeah) that'll run on FFox.
:D Thanks. I love the stick figure animations!

Yes it is true that if you must install anything manually then it will most likely belong to the x86 folder..... anything 64bit should automatically install by default to "programs" without the x86 as the instaler should be indexed to install to that location for system references and indexing

you may install any program to any director without cause for alarm or risk killing your system, it is just more logical to index installs to pre given directories for better house keeping and performance

On my personal system i have 4 directories
2 preset (programs & programsx86) for every day essentials e.g antivirus ect
2 custom built directories (D://Installed programs\software | D://Installed programs\ Games) software is for bloatware and untrusted installs and Games is for Game installs

so yes you can install you programs to the 64bit preset programs directory but it has no beneficial factor
Just out of curiosity, why would you want to make two custom directories? Would that prevent possible nasty programs/files from corrupting others in the directory?
 

ripbox

Nerd
Vista Pro
#8
Just out of curiosity, why would you want to make two custom directories? Would that prevent possible nasty programs/files from corrupting others in the directory?
Nope not at all, though it can help in some cases, it just helps trace,track and troubleshoot problems
at least in my case anyway....


If a program has a set directory then it will in most cases also install parts to another directory without your knowledge.... by placing an untrusted install in a custom directory i can monitor its behaviors by locating part files in unspecified locations
so even if you install on disc D:// it may very well place parts on C:// regardless of your specified location

An install that requires by default a manual input directory will tend to only install to that set location..... anything by this means will be1 of 2.... 1 very old / 2 badly programed and thus rising suspicions to its safety
Id just say in this case it would be safer to place in an user defined location to be able to monitor the programs behavior
 

Chase

americano
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#9
Just out of curiosity, why would you want to make two custom directories? Would that prevent possible nasty programs/files from corrupting others in the directory?
Nope not at all, though it can help in some cases, it just helps trace,track and troubleshoot problems
at least in my case anyway....


If a program has a set directory then it will in most cases also install parts to another directory without your knowledge.... by placing an untrusted install in a custom directory i can monitor its behaviors by locating part files in unspecified locations
so even if you install on disc D:// it may very well place parts on C:// regardless of your specified location

An install that requires by default a manual input directory will tend to only install to that set location..... anything by this means will be1 of 2.... 1 very old / 2 badly programed and thus rising suspicions to its safety
Id just say in this case it would be safer to place in an user defined location to be able to monitor the programs behavior
I see, well thanks for the info. :)