Why does Program Files (x86) exist?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by hwood, May 20, 2007.

  1. hwood

    hwood Guest

    I installed the 64bit version of Vista Ultimate. I know that 64 bit
    programs are installed into the
    Program Files directory while 32 bit programs are installed into the Program
    Files (x86) directory.

    My question is; why is this done?

    So far, I only have one real problem with it. That is; Vista's backup
    utility insists on backing up the files located in Program Files (x86).
    This actually seems like a bug to me. If the utility doesn't backup Program
    Files, why would it backup Program Files (x86) files?
    hwood, May 20, 2007
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  2. hwood

    Ben Dover Guest

    It is most likely sloppy programming code from the development team. They
    changed the locations of the 64 bit programs going into the correct
    directory, but the person/team who worked on the backup portion probably
    didn't think about it. That is my guess anyway.
    Ben Dover, May 20, 2007
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    If you think about it, the reason is obvious. An example. The 64-bit
    Internet Explorer is iexplore.exe. So is the 32-bit version. Putting
    them in the same directory would be pretty ugly.

    I'm not aware of the backup situation since I do not use the Vista
    backup program. It doesn't give me enough control over which files are
    backed up. I like to do things my way. ;-)

    But I do have one question. Except for IE7, windows Mail and windows
    Media Player, how many 64 bit applications do you have?

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    Feliks Dzerzhinsky, May 20, 2007
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