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  • So I just started using windows vista and i was wondering about the two program files folders.  I havent been using the x86 folder, is this a problem?  If I install a 32bit application in the 64bit folder could any problems arise?  Or if I install a 64bit app in the x86 folder is that a problem?  (I'm more concerned about the first one considering that is the way Ive been doing it)  Or are the folders just there for the user's convenience and they dont actually mean anything?
    Monday, May 11, 2009 1:03 AM

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  • Hi Liitz,

    This normal on a 64bit system.

    When a 64bit windows vista recognizes an installation of a 64 bit application.
    The system will install the aplication by default in the C:\program files directory.

    If windows vista 64bit detects an 32 bit application the system will install the application by default in the c:\program files (x86) folder.

    So agian, these are default installation directory's.
    It is still possible (for 90% of all applications) to change in the installation directory to the directory you choose. (not recommended. Use only with incompatible applications. :))

    Does this solves your problem?

    Kind Regards
    • Proposed as answer by daft Monday, May 11, 2009 8:22 AM
    Monday, May 11, 2009 8:22 AM