Curious questions regarding 64-bit apps on a W2K8 64-bit server

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by AllenM, May 27, 2009.

  1. AllenM

    AllenM Guest

    I also posted this in the windows server general NG so pardon the double
    posting. It would be great to get as many opinions as possible. Thanks.

    I got a DELL 64-bit server that I am configuring with W2K8 Standard 64-bit.
    I've got plenty of disk space and made my C: partition 60GB. I noticed by
    default W2K8 created a C:|Program Files and a C:\Program Files (x86)
    directories. Pretty much self explainatory. When I load 64-bit apps by
    default the install directory points to C:\Program Files I assume because it
    recognizes the application as being a 64-bit app. On the other hand when I
    load a 32-bit application be default the install directory points to
    C:\Program Files (x86). So my question is are 64-bit applications required
    to be installed in the C:\Program Files directory in order for it to be
    recognmized and run as a 64-bit app or can I create and install all my
    64-bit and 32-bit applications on a different partition such as D:\Program
    Files for 64-bit apps and D:\Program Files (x86) for 32-bit apps?
    AllenM, May 27, 2009
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  2. You can install anything anywhere (e.g., F:\AllPrograms\<<Program>>)
    randy.buchholz, May 27, 2009
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  3. AllenM

    AllenM Guest

    Hi Randy and thanks for your input. Not really sure if you answered my
    question. My apologies and I don't mean to offend you but I simply cannot
    accept your answer that "You can install anything anywhere (e.g.,
    F:\AllPrograms\<<Program>>)" without some kind of technial explaination.
    There's a reason why by defualt two folders are created. One is for 64-bit
    apps (C:\Program Files) and the other is for 32-bit apps (C:\Program Files
    (x86). So given by default W2K8 will install 64-bit apps in the C:\Program
    Files folder is because it recognizes the program as a 64-bit application.
    So how does it determine that D:\Program Files is also an installation
    location for 64-bit applications?
    AllenM, May 27, 2009
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