Windows 7 New to W7, program files x86?

#1
Hello, I am a new user to windows 7. I have used XP but skipped Vista. I am wondering what is the difference of "Program Files" and "Program Filesx86"? Most of my files download onto Program Files x86. Thanks:p
 


fjgold

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#2
Hello, I am a new user to windows 7. I have used XP but skipped Vista. I am wondering what is the difference of "Program Files" and "Program Filesx86"? Most of my files download onto Program Files x86. Thanks:p
You must be using 64 bit Win 7, the Program Files x86 is where Win 7 64 bit places program files for 32 bit programs you install. There is another folder called Program Files for 64 bit programs.
Unlike in Linux Win 7 64 bit appears to be able to install and use 32 bit programs.
In Linux (Ubuntu to be precise) trying to install a 32 bit program in 64 bit Ubuntu will result in an error complaining about
the wrong architecture.
Fortunately there are 64 bit versions for just about every linux program.
 


#3
Alright, thanks for clarifying!
 


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