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What is with having locations called "program files" and "program files(86x)"???

What is the difference wouldn't i be easier to just have one "Programs" folder?
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I'm pretty sure the (x86) is for a 64 bit system/copy of windows. Whenever I remake my minecraft server, it's required that I change the path to the x86 files since its a 64 bit OS.
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Program Files(86x) stores 32bit programs and Program Files stores 64bit, but it can work vice versa.Each time you download 32bit program by default it will be installed in Program Files(86x)
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Your "Program Files" folder contains your 64-bit applications and your "Program Files (x86)" contains the 32-bit applications by default.
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post #5 of 13
Program files is for x64 (64 bit) applications and you guessed it Program files(x86) is for 32 bit programs.

EDIT: Wasnt fast enough
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program files has your 64 bit ones in

edit: Multi Ninja'd!!
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It is just to separate the 64bit and 32bit versions of software. Right now it is pretty pointless. I am thinking Microsoft expected 64bit porgraming to take off faster than it has. you could put them all in the same folder and it would not matter
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post #8 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by remnant View Post
What is with having locations called "program files" and "program files(86x)"???

What is the difference wouldn't i be easier to just have one "Programs" folder?
On 64-bit versions of the Windows it separates the native 64-bit apps from the 32-bit apps. The "Program Files" are your 64-bit native apps. The "Program Files (x86)" are your 32-bit apps. It's for interoperability purposes.

[edit]

Son of a... so much for "First!!!!"
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Originally Posted by Shame486 View Post
Program Files(86x) stores 32bit programs and Program Files stores 64bit, but it can work vice versa.Each time you download 32bit program by default it will be installed in Program Files(86x)
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the program files x86 folder holds windows 32 bit programs and the program files folder holds the 64 bit versions. This make it easier for users to know if the are using 32 or 64 bit versrion of programs, of course when installing your own programs you can install in any location you wish
    
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