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Windows 7, 8 64 bit "C:\Program Files (x86)" or "C:\Program Files" install Folder for old 32 bit apps?

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  • Windows 7, 8 64 bit "C:\Program Files (x86)" or "C:\Program Files" install Folder for old 32 bit apps?


    What I want is a simple answer. Failing that, an answer that is not too complicated.
    In my line of work, I am continually installing and reinstalling Windows and, on top, client-specified applications.
    Ever since I went over to Windows x64; first, version 7; then 8, now 8.1, I have had recurring niggles and problems.
    Initially, I always went with the suggested default installation base folder, which, for all the older 32 bit applications was, and still is: "C:\Program Files (x86)"
    I continued accepting this default location, after I upgraded to Windows 8, and yes, with 8.1.
    Now, I don't remember exactly when the very first niggles got me scratching my head but it started, so far as I can remember anyway: When an application that I had installed, could not find its associated icon because, according to the shortcut, it could not be found in its default location: "C:\Program Files\...". Of course it couldn't! The program in question, take your pick: Opera, Thunderbird, (Yes, I know they're both from the same place), was installed in "C:\Programs Files (x86)\" but the shortcut was looking for the associated icon in "C:\Program Files"! Now, yes, I know, that all 32 bit programs are, by default, installed to "C:\Programs and Files (x86)". This is easy to understand and explain: it separates all those 32 bit applications from their superior 64 bit brethren.
    NOW WE'RE GETTING TO THE MEAT SO WAKE UP.
    I have since adopted the policy of changing the default location, when installing any of my old 32 bit programs, from "C:\Program Files (x86)" to the plain old vanilla "C:\Program Files" with no problems so far.
    MY QUESTION IS THIS: If I choose to install ALL my old 32 bit programs to "C:\Program Files" rather than the default "C:\Program Files (x86)", WHAT, IF ANY, ARE THE POSSIBLE NEGATIVE CONSEQUNCES. THERE. I HAVE ASKED A STRAIGHT QUESTION. I EXPECT A STRAIGHT ANSWER. Thanks, Chris Bodragon

    Friday, April 18, 2014 10:33 PM

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  • Hi there,

    I know where you are coming from here. If you have ever installed any Adobe suites on your computer the 64-bit versions actually get placed into Program Files not Program Files (X86). But the typical path if your running a 32-bit computer they already install into program files. If you have a 64-bit they install into Program Files (X86). But Microsoft does suggest that Program files is for default installations. So if it's 32-bit it should have no issue as Program Files is used in a 32-bit OS. And even if you are using a 64-bit I imagine it will move it or install into a different area.

    Monday, April 21, 2014 2:20 PM