What is the difference between "Program Files", and "Program Files (x86)"? I have Windows 7 64-Bit I have both of those files, and no I never upgraded, or changed os.
Answer by Blind Fury · Jul 12, 2010 at 11:00 PM
When you're running Windows 64bit you will have both of these folders.
"Program files" is the 64bit (x64) program files folder, and "program files (x86)" is your 32bit (x86) program files folder.
Because with Windows 64bit you can run 64bit and 32bit software.
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
Hope I helped.
Answer by LukeSBE · Jul 14, 2010 at 02:37 AM
Wouldn't it be simpler to keep only a 'Program Files' folder? I have Vista 64-bit, and the same duology of folders. Seeing as both types of programs run OK, I believe the folder structure should be transparent. (then again, I'm not working for Microsoft...)