What is the difference between c:\Program Files and C:\Program Files(x86)?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Will Pittenger, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. If the later is for 64-bit programs, I don't see why it matters which go
    in which folders. In fact, I find it rather confusing because I have
    programs in both and never seem to know which folder to look in.
     
    Will Pittenger, Aug 2, 2009
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    kword88 Guest

    the "x86" folder is created by the 64bit operating system. "x86" is
    essentially the same thing as 32bit.
     
    kword88, Aug 2, 2009
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  3. So why two folders? Seems redundant and confusing.
     
    Will Pittenger, Aug 2, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi,

    The (x86) structure is for 32-bit programs, and the system knows that
    programs accessed from this location must run in 32-bit emulation mode.
     
    Rick Rogers, Aug 2, 2009
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