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    I have 2 Program files, one labeled" Program (x86)". I installed one program recently (not knowing about these 2 different file locations) and my new program would not launch properly. In speaking with tech support I was informed of this other program file (x86) and was instructed to uninstall and then delete any residue files from that (x86) location. Reinstalling the program in the" Programs" file allowed the new installation to work properly, Now I am installing a suite of programs (Paint Shop Pro X2) and it is also giving me problems. I installed it to "Programs" and certain functions would not work. I uninstalled it, installed it to the "Programs (x86)" which allowed the program to work correctly.

    My question here is ... what are these 2 "Programs" files and what function to they serve? When should I use one "Programs" file over the other? I plan on installing some other programs in the future and would like to have them work the first time rather than trouble-shooting each installation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbara Garrett View Post
    I have 2 Program files, one labeled" Program (x86)". I installed one program recently (not knowing about these 2 different file locations) and my new program would not launch properly. In speaking with tech support I was informed of this other program file (x86) and was instructed to uninstall and then delete any residue files from that (x86) location. Reinstalling the program in the" Programs" file allowed the new installation to work properly, Now I am installing a suite of programs (Paint Shop Pro X2) and it is also giving me problems. I installed it to "Programs" and certain functions would not work. I uninstalled it, installed it to the "Programs (x86)" which allowed the program to work correctly.

    My question here is ... what are these 2 "Programs" files and what function to they serve? When should I use one "Programs" file over the other? I plan on installing some other programs in the future and would like to have them work the first time rather than trouble-shooting each installation.

    Any Windows Secrets would be very welcome.

    Hi Barbara and welcome

    The two "program" folders allows 64bit to be installed in one location and 32bit in another. You should allow the installer to choose where it wants to put it. It is just a way for the legacy apps (32bit) to be installed where they need and the 64bit where they do. All perfectly normal


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    Program Files (x86) is the 32 Bit location and as Ken has stated this is where all 32 Bit apps will automatically install. Conversly, the regular Program Files are for 64 Bit apps. I know it's somewhat confusing that the 32 Bit apps would be in a folder that has (x86) in it's name, but that's the way it is.
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    Is it possible that the first program I installed required the 64bit access and that was why it would not work installed in the x86 file? Also, does this special "32 bit" program location mean I can install one of my older programs? I have a graphics program, CorelDraw 12, that purportedly will not work under 64 bit but works OK under 32 bit. If this be the case then my CorelDraw should work? (which would make me very happy )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbara Garrett View Post
    Is it possible that the first program I installed required the 64bit access and that was why it would not work installed in the x86 file? Also, does this special "32 bit" program location mean I can install one of my older programs? I have a graphics program, CorelDraw 12, that purportedly will not work under 64 bit but works OK under 32 bit. It this be the case then my CorelDraw should work? (which would make me very happy )
    You should check with Corel about Win 7 compatibility. No, it does not mean that because there is a 32 Bit folder that all 32 Bit apps will work. When you check the web sites for apps, the sites should say whether the app is Win 7 compatible.
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    Good morning Ted.

    " it does not mean that because there is a 32 Bit folder that all 32 Bit apps will work"

    I run all kinds of 32 bit apps on my 64 bit 7, none have refused. I run a Checkbook, PF2000, Paintshop Pro, a French Larousse (98), and many others, they all run.

    Which ones did not run for you ? I was puzzled at first by this twin IE and its twin IE64, I guess that it will use the relevant app when the site is/is not compatible.

    I am still trying to get my three Athlon machines to accept the SP2 or SP3 updates, you should read the uproar on the sites. No Intel OEM here, all homebrewed.

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    Some programs are so old that they are 16 bit and NO, they will NOT work with any version of Windows 7.

    Some of the 16 bit programs are not really that old. I have a Family Research program that was 16 bit until the 2008 version.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Parrot View Post
    I run all kinds of 32 bit apps on my 64 bit 7, none have refused. I run a Checkbook, PF2000, Paintshop Pro, a French Larousse (98), and many others, they all run.
    According to Microsoft most 32 Bit apps should work on 64 Bit OS with a few notable exceptions as shown. As I stated not all 32 Bit apps are guaranteed to run in a 64 Bit environment. Also many 32 Bit apps that run in a 64 Bit environment will run somewhat slower. The additional overheads in running 32 bit software in 64 bit mode could cause a slight degradation in performance. It will take some time for 64 bit software to become the norm.

    Also, 32 Bit drivers will not work in a 64 Bit environment. All drivers must be updated to 64 Bit if available, otherwise the device may not be compatible due to the lack of drivers.
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