2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


  1.    24 Mar 2009 #1
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    2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


    Hi there, Ive just changed from 32bit to the 64bit OS, and I have noticed that I have 2 Program Folders one has x86 next to it. I take it that this is for 32bit programs and the other for 64bit applications. The question I have is most of the programs are in both folders which means taken up valuable harddrive space, is it advisable to delette the 32bit folder.
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  2.    24 Mar 2009 #2
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: 2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


    Hi, smudger1767.

    As you guessed, Program Files (x86) is for 32-bit applications. The x86 is
    somewhat outdated now, but it refers to the family of Intel processors,
    starting with the 8086, followed by 80186, 80286 and 80386 - and the 486 and
    then the Pentium. The main Program Files folder - without the x86 - is for
    64-bit applications, of which there are still only a few. Most applications
    have not yet made the transition and are available as 32-bit only.

    Some programs (Internet Explorer is one) come in two versions. The 32-bit
    version, which runs by default, is in PF86 (pardon my shorthand); the 64-bit
    version is in PF. To run the 64-bit edition, you can browse to C:\Program
    Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe and click on it; you can also create a
    shortcut or pin it to your Start menu, just like any other application. You
    can even run both versions of IE at the same time, each running from its own
    PF folder.

    It is best to keep BOTH versions and not try to save disk space by combining
    them because each uses its own version of certain .dll files, drivers and
    other support files, stored in the separate Program Files folders.

    When I first saw the (x86) folder in Windows XP x64 several years ago, I
    guessed wrong about it and tried to put my 64-bit programs there for about 6
    months before I learned its true meaning. Things got very tangled because I
    was still dual-booting with 32-bit WinXP Pro and tried to run a single set
    of executable files for Microsoft Office and other programs from the PF (no
    x86) folder. :>( Please don't make that mistake!

    In time, as 32-bit apps fade into history, the (x86) folder will disappear,
    I suppose, but I expect it will take several years.

    Welcome to the 64-bit world! ;<)

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
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    "smudger1767" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > Hi there, Ive just changed from 32bit to the 64bit OS, and I have
    > noticed that I have 2 Program Folders one has x86 next to it. I take it
    > that this is for 32bit programs and the other for 64bit applications.
    > The question I have is most of the programs are in both folders which
    > means taken up valuable harddrive space, is it advisable to delette the
    > 32bit folder.
    >
    >
    > --
    > smudger1767
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  3.    25 Mar 2009 #3
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    Re: 2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


    So I supose when you download a new file its best to keep the destination to the default i.e Program Folder x86 instead of putting it into the Program 64bir Folder as I have been doing.
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  4.    25 Mar 2009 #4
    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: 2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


    You don't want to "download" files to those locations. You "INSTALL"
    programs to those locations.

    Save your files downloaded from the internet elsewhere.

    --

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "smudger1767" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > So I supose when you download a new file its best to keep the
    > destination to the default i.e Program Folder x86 instead of putting it
    > into the Program 64bir Folder as I have been doing.
    >
    >
    > --
    > smudger1767
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  5.    25 Mar 2009 #5
    R. C. White Guest

    Re: 2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


    Hi, smudger1767.

    What Richard said.

    Always download to your downloads folder (either the default
    \Users\<username>\Downloads, or one that you create). Then install from
    there; any well-written installer should know to select the proper Program
    Files folder for that program. In almost all cases, that will be the PF86
    folder, not the PF folder.

    RC
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    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8064.0206) in Win7 Ultimate x64 7000

    "smudger1767" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:07c32cd8e843d1001739740d83207f72@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > So I supose when you download a new file its best to keep the
    > destination to the default i.e Program Folder x86 instead of putting it
    > into the Program 64bir Folder as I have been doing.
    >
    >
    > --
    > smudger1767
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6.    25 Mar 2009 #6
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      Thread Starter

    Re: 2 Program Folders in 64bit Vista


    Thanks Guys, you learn something new every day.
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