Solved why 2 sets of program files folder under Windows 7

March 17, 2013 at 08:05:11
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pent., cpu g630, 4.00 GB, 64 bit
I see that I have two sets of Program files. One is called Program Files and the other is Program Files (x86). Just wondering . . .

HP Pavilion 64 bit


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March 17, 2013 at 08:25:29
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You have installed 64-bit Windows, and the dual 'Program files' structure is 'by design'. 32-bit software programs, by default, install to the 'Program files (x86)' folder. This is to minimize or eliminate the risk of having both 32-bit and 64-bit installs of the same program present, and their installation files creating conflicts and/or performance problems.

Some software applications programs install both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the program.


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March 17, 2013 at 13:25:41
Thanks for the response.

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