32bit Program installed to the Program Files folder and not the PFx86 folder

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by murdock69u, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. murdock69u

    murdock69u Guest

    Is the PF folder and the PF x86 folder merely for organization or is
    there something special that happens when placed into them?

    We have an individual who has been installing a 32bit program into the
    Program Files folder instead of the defaulted x86 one on several of
    our x64 machines. I wanted to make sure that this was not going to
    cause any issues, or if there is just cause to have him uninstall them
    and install them back to the PF x86 folder.

    Thanks for the help you can provide.

    murdock69u, Apr 29, 2009
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  2. If this also causes any "Common Files" to end up in the wrong tree, then
    yes, it will definitely cause a problem. And I'm not sure but what it won't
    create other issues as well, since 32-bit applications see a different view
    of the filesystem. All in all, not recommended. Personally, I'd uninstall
    and re-install on those machines, putting things in the right location.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Apr 30, 2009
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