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[Solved]New install of Windows 7, creates two Program Files (x86) folders

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EDIT: Reinstalled windows again and no longer have this problem.

Okay. I just installed Windows 7 because I got tired of Windows 8. I repartitioned, installed 7 along side 8, and then moved over everything, and then formatted 8. Now, I have no idea why this happens. It created two Program Files (x86) folders. Any ideas? Should I just back them up, then merge them to see what happens?

Here is inside the folder that was edited most recently.

Here is inside the folder that was edited longest ago.

Edited by ./Cy4n1d3\. - 1/20/13 at 7:23pm
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I am not sure why it would have done this, if I had to make a educated guess however I would say that for some reason when you install 7 alongside 8 and transferred your files it took the Program Files(x86) from 8 and just added it alongside the one from the 7 install. I think that backing them up and then merging them is a perfectly fine idea and as far as I see shouldn't cause you any problems.
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I am not sure why it would have done this, if I had to make a educated guess however I would say that for some reason when you install 7 alongside 8 and transferred your files it took the Program Files(x86) from 8 and just added it alongside the one from the 7 install. I think that backing them up and then merging them is a perfectly fine idea and as far as I see shouldn't cause you any problems.

This shouldn't happen. It should move your files to a Windows.old folder.
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Strange. I didn't use any software to move around my files. I just picked them up and moved them. The only thing that may have caused it was me repartitioning the drive. When I formatted Windows 8 partition, I couldn't expand the Windows 7 partition because the drive began with free space (or something like that). I had to use EaseUS to move the data to the left of the free space. It was very strange.

Now, I tried to back up the newest one, it worked. I tried to back up the older one, and it gave this. So I guess I'm just going to delete the folder.
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I have Windows 7 and also got two "Program Files (x86)" folders. It seems one of them is intended for programs installed in compatibility mode.
Since it is not write protected I assume it is to allow those programs to save their .ini files directly in the program folder.
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