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12-09-2011, 03:42 PM
At last I have got myself a new computer. HP "all in one" and am very pleased with it. I did decide that this time I
would try to get everything installed correctly but have already run into a problem.
On my C drive I not only have Program Files but right next to it I have Program Files (x86)
Many of the folders are duplicated across them but there are a lot more folders in the x86 version.
Obviously I want to end up with only one Program Files folder but am a bit worried how to go about it.
At the moment I am thinking of copying the larger folder to the smaller and then deleting the x86 version.
What do you think?

12-09-2011, 03:46 PM
Do not change the location of the files within Windows!!! You will regret it!!!

The Program Files are for X64 bit Programs and the other is for anything else.

Speedy Gonzales
12-09-2011, 03:50 PM
Its because its 64 bit. It has / uses program files (for 64 bit installs), and program files (x86), for 32 bit programs folder. DON'T delete the folder/s. Or copy anything from one folder to the other

12-09-2011, 03:54 PM
Leave it as is.
Stop fiddling unless you REALLY know what you are doing .
its a 64bit version of Win would be my guess here

12-09-2011, 04:49 PM
I'm guessing windows uses seperate folders for a reason...

Speedy Gonzales
12-09-2011, 05:27 PM
One would probably be, you wont be able to install / run 64 bit programs, if you deleted its folder, and used the x86 folder

13-09-2011, 10:32 AM
Blimey - I nearly completely blew it didn't I.
Glad I checked.
Now I'm more confused than ever.
But I will leave the folders alone.
I have another query - which is even more puzzling but I'm
not sure of my facts yet so will leave it for the moment.
Again Thanks chaps.

13-09-2011, 11:26 AM
Good show. When you did not come back I thought maybe you had done it. :groan:

13-09-2011, 07:46 PM
Blimey - I nearly completely blew it didn't I.

If you really want to mess around, make an image of the O/S now,.

Have your data on another partition or drive. (Add one if it hasn't got one).

Then you can play without fear, you can always restore if you kill it.:lol:

But yeah, that is like that because of the 64bit thing. There are limits to what you can do to Windows without it selfdestructing. But IMAGE first, then play around with things. Sometimes it's a good learning experience.