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Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive

Q: Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive

Hi have have a new PC running Win7 Home Premium 64bit. I have 2 drives:

1 x 120GB SSD (running the OS) (C Drive)
1 x 1TB HDD (D Drive)

The SSD is running the OS and a couple of main programs which i use quite often (ie. Office 2010, Antivirus, etc).

The HDD i want to use to install and run Games, iTunes, etc...

My question is, if by default installing programmes want to install to C:\Program Files or Program Files (x86). How to i make them install to D:\ and what file structure should i use to make sure the 64bit and 32bit are in the right file and run as they should at the correct bit version??

Is it just a case of creating Program Files & Program Files (x86) folders on D and navigating to these folders on install?


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A: Program Files (x86) & Program Files Installed On Another Drive

you could try mounting the the hdd partition to your program files folder in your SSD.

I have never done this before and cannot say it will work properly. but its an idea.

Mount Drives or Partitions as a Folder

P.S. I would definitely backup your program files before trying that.

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I have a program installed under "C:\Program Files (x86)\CompanyName\SWName".
When the program runs it's supposed to copy some files, say
"C:\Program Files (x86)\CompanyName\SWName\Drivers\*.abc
"C:\Program Files (x86)\CompanyName\SWName\Drivers\*.xyz

The program works on every machine it's been installed on, except for one (customer's) Win 7 64-bit machine. On that machine, nothing happens.

It's noteworthy that on that same machine an "insufficient access privileges" (or some such) message pops-up when an administrator trys to copy a folder to "C:\Program Files (x86)\CompanyName\NewName".

Any guesses as to why this particular Win7 machine is being so picky? What should I have the installer do so that the application will be able to copy/rename its own files?


A:Allow installed program to rename files under Program Files (x86)

Try right clicking on the program installer and select Run as Administrator. See if that allows it to complete.

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I have a program that wanted to install in a document folder

I have installed it in Program Files, but it requires elevation or it produces errors when running. I know I can tick the Run As ... box in the shortcut, but is there a better way, such as taking ownership of the install folder?

A:Program installed in Program Files requires elevation?

You could try using this tutorial to see if it helps with this program.
Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User

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Am not sure if this is the right place to ask for this problem, let me know.

I gave a try to the Setup Project of VStudio 2008 to create and distribute an x86 installer of a program I develop in win7.

After installing, uninstalling and executing over and over some of the features of my release distribution, I suppose I broke a windows registry or something related. I can't run anymore this app, whether from executing from the shortcut or directly, it just sends an error "Couldn't start the application correctly (0xe06d7363). Accept to close", there is no other option.

Later I found out that moving exactly the installed content somewhere else out side the Program Files x86 dir, the application works flawlessly.
Browsing, finding and deleting all references in regedit for my program didn't fix anything. I double checked my project is fine, and also created another installer version using the tool Inno setup producing exactly the same behavior; good install, error message when executing it inside the Program Files folder.
Am clueless what else to do with the OS to fix this. Using CCleaner and/or my anti virus don't show any broken reference to my program, it seems clean. Can anyone help me?

A:Can't run installed program within Program Files (x86)

When you were installing the Program did you do so in the Programs File Folder? The Program that is not portable would not normally work by installing it elsewhere and moving it to another location later.

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My computers are both running Win 7 64-bit. I am thoroughly confused when it comes to placing programs that I download into their proper folders: That is, program files (x86) vs program files. I have read stuff on this, but still confused. for the most part, even when a dl'd program suggests being installed into PF, I, for whatever reason, place it into PF (x86). Although I have read that placing the program into the wrong folder may cause the program not to work properly, so far I have not had this problem...nor any other problems that I am aware of. Could someone please set me straight on this issue?

A:Program Files or Program Files (x86)-Where to place downloaded program

I let the installer put it where it is supposed to.

If I trust the software I trust they know best where it should be installed/placed.

If I can't trust the software maker why am I downloading/installing their program?

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I am about to install Windows 7 (64bit) on my new 60GB SSD drive. I will keep a separate 1TB drive for all music, etc. and I intend to install most applications on the 1TB drive as well.

However, since 64-bit windows by default has both a "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" folder for 32-bit apps I wonder if I could get in trouble by not installing 32-bit apps in the x86 folder?

A:Program Files and Program Files (x86) on another drive

Hello front243!

It is really better to let programs/apps install where they need to but have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it may be a help to you and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation

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Hello there, everybody!
Half a year ago my laptop's hard disk's clusters began to fail, so I finally had to change it with a Western Digital Scorpio Black 750 GB - 7200rpm (WD7500BPKT).
When reinstalling Windows 7 Home Premium x64, I decided to dedicate the C:\\ unit to the OS "only", and E:\\ to programs and files of all sorts.

I've then installed all of my programs by sending them to their respective folders, E:\\Program Files\ and E:\\Program Files (x86)\ .
But I'm now noticing all of them are running in x32 mode!
The only programs running in x64 are those forcedly installed into the C:\\Program Files\ folder (which my Italian OS calls C:\\Programmi\, although program installers install into C:\\Program Files\).

Is it that Windows isn't recognizing any Program Files folders but the default ones in C:\\?

Any clarifications, suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance!

A:Programs installed in E:\\Program Files run as x32

A program does not run in 32 bit or 64 bit depending on where it is installed. It does not matter where you install it. A 64 bit program will run as 64 bit and a 32 bit program will run as 32 bit. I can only assume your software is 32 bit...or it is running as 64 bit. The limited information you have given is not enough.

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I know when you uninstall a program when either using "uninstall" or through "add and remove programs" through the controll panel you not only remove the root file but all its associated files in the registry etc...............but is there a way of taking out a program with all its files so that I could format my disk and then reinstall the program after? Is there a utility out there that will do that? Thanks in advance, Ed

A:Is there a way of extracting an installed program with all its files to a disk?

Hi Ed...


EasyUninstall 2.0 lets you:

Safely remove unwanted programs
Right-click to remove programs in a snap
Remove temporary Internet files and clutter that take up lots of space
Monitor program installations for more accurate removal later
Back up and restore installed programs
Make copies of installed programs you remove from your system so you can easily reinstall them later
Quickly reverse any modifications if you change your mind
Free up disk space with just one click
Safely transfer installed programs to a different drive or computer
Clean your Windows registry
Easily get the latest program updates over the Internet

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I am trying to uplift our 32 bit Eclipse RCP application to 64 bit end state.In order to do that I have updated all the required dependencies and dlls. Also I am able to launch the application under 64 bit environment only when the application is kept anywhere
outside Program Files or Program Files(x86). When it is installed in the said location it could not be launched , a result view could not be created because it tries to write a search file in the place where it is been installed.

But the main problem is the same set of code works for 32 bit version no matter where it is installed. Also the 32 bit version of application can read or write result to any desired location without being launched as admin. And the 64 bit version of the application
does the same when launched as admin.

In order to find out more I tried with eclipse_mars_x86 and eclipse_mars_x86_64 with different location.When the workspace is
inside Program Files or Program Files(x86) 32 bit of eclipse can access it without being launched as admin but the same can not be done through 64 bit of eclipse, without launching it as admin.

The same behavior is
seen with sample RCP Application which I created  to investigate the issue . The 64 - bit version of the sample application , if kept inside Program
Files or Program Files(x86)  , is not launching(\.metadata\.locl(Access is Denied)). Where in for the same sample application built in 32 bit environment is working fine i... Read more

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Hi, I have Windows Vista Ultimate x64, and it came with 2 set of program files: program files, and program files x86. Since my hard drive is only 100 gigs, I was wondering if I could delete the normal program files and keep the x86 ones, or would that cause problems?

A:Deleting program files and keeping program files x86?

would that cause problems?

More than you know. You delete that and you delete any and all 64 bit programs, and probably also have to re-install Vista. That and if the Program Files folder on mine is any indication (just under 1 GB), then you're not going to save a whole lot of space anyway.

Since my hard drive is only 100 gigs

Better idea that trying to bugger Windows up, get a bigger hard drive.

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I do not work much with windows, but I do a lot of work in different distros of bsd and linux.

What I want to do is 'ln -sf c:\program files g:\program files' that is how I would symbolic link the folder in linux, but I can not figure out how to do this in windows.

I need this done so after the folder is moved to a new drive/partition all the Start Menu links still work, and also the short cuts.


A:Sym Link: Moving C:\Program Files\ to G:\Program Files\

not sure if this will work, but how about just creating a shortcut of the C:\folder on the G:\ , or vice versa..

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When I attempt to open anything with Adobe,it loads the page but then a box comes up with the following message:
Microsoft Visual C++ Debug Library Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 9.0\Acrobat\Acrobat.exe The application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way. Please contact the application's support team for more information. "
Uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe was no help.Be aware,I'm pretty 'puter illiterate.

A:Solved: Microsoft Visual C++ Debug Library Runtime Error! Program: C:\Program Files\A

Until more experienced help comes along, leave Adobe uninstalled and try the Free Foxit Reader, it reads PDF files and loads a bit quicker and is lighter on resources and takes a hell of lot less disk space.

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I have an Advent (PC World brand) Laptop that comes with its own custom On-Screen Display software.

The software is made for 32 bit Windows with no 64 bit version available as far as I'm aware.

I have upgraded to 64 bit Windows recently and everything seems to work great except the OSD.

When installing. I'm given a choice of where I want to install the program in which I choose

C:\Program Files

after installation a mandatory restart is required and after the reboot OSD always ends up in
the other Program Files folder and I receive a error when trying to launch the OSD

I assume this error is because it gets confused being in the wrong directory (although I could be wrong and its simply just not compatible with 64bit Windows)

Anyone have a way to force it to install in the standard Program Files folder?

its the only way to tell if things like caps lock are enabled or not, so its pretty frustrating without it.

A:Program refusing to install in standard program files folder

In 64-bit Windows, the folder Program Files (x86) is for 32-bit applications. Try installing your OSD application there instead of the Program Files folder which is meant for 64-bit applications.


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I now realise i should of hit custom install, and installed it on another drive, is it to late to move them, the only things in there are what were installed by microsoft.

A:Moving program files to a different drive.

Have you backed up the entire HD?
It's recommended to alway backup before an installation.

You can't move the operating system to another HD, best way is to delete it during the re-installation.

Start your install again, use this tutorial: Clean Installation with Windows 7

When you get to steps 7 & 8, format the drive you put the last install on, then format the drive you want to put the new install on. Then proceed with the tutorial.

Let us know how it goes.

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My C drive is nearly full, I want to move quite a bit of executable files to another internal drive, but I still want to launch from desktop is that possible? or don't I have a launch shortcut on another drive. Please advise your thoughts most appreciated.

A:Copying some program files to another drive!

Moving installed applications to another drive is very problematic and prone to error. Shortcuts to the files are the least of the problems.

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I want to change my set up so that I can run 2 windows os's 32bit & 64bit on seperate hard drives whilst using a third hdd for program files. note: I have never run a 64bit setup so I am not to sure

hdd0 - 32bit
hdd1 - 64bit
hdd2 - Music, Videos & Games and other Programs

The intention is to install the game/program on to hdd2 and be able to run it from both hdd0 and hdd1 (if the program is compatible with both that is).

Can anyone give me advice on whether this is possible and the potential complications/pitfalls that I might encounter?

A:Program files on third hard drive + 2 os's

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Hello, Bleeping Computer.
My computer has two drives:
C: drive is a 64gig Solid State Drive.  The intent is for this to be the boot drive.
E: drive is a 1TB Solid State Drive.  This is meant to be the storage drive for everything else. 
C: drive is consistently getting nearly full.  Once in a while I can trim it down a bit using disc cleanup utilities (cautiously, of course.  I heard that disc defragmentation software can wreak some havoc on these things).  The bulk of the drive's capacity comes from the  Windows and Program Files drives.
These are the folders in C: and their capacities:
Expat Shield - 4.00 KB on disc
inetpub - 952 KB on disc
Intel - 1.07 MB on disc
NVIDIA - 225 MB on disc
PerfLogs - 0 
Program Files - 3.21 GB on disc
Program Files (x86) - 15.3 GB on disc
temp - 0
Users - 5.09 GB on disc
Windows - 29.7 GB on disc
Would it be safe to relocated the Program Files (x86) to E:?  Would the two files merge?  What can I do to minimize information loss if I merge the files?  Is there another alternative to free up space?  The ideal function of C: is to only contain what is necessary to run the OS. 

A:Moving Program Files to another Drive

You cannot put program files anywhere but C: with Windows... doesn't work.
If you are running hibernation you can turn that off and delete hyberfil.sys, which will clear up a load of free space.
Make sure you have nothing on your desktop, and change you folder path of my documents, download etc. onto your E: drive. (move the current files over too) That will help a bit.
TFC is a great cleanup tool, finds a lot of other stuff other file dumpers don't.
I'm sure some other members have other suggestions on how to free up some drive space.

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I have Win7 installed on an SSD and I'd like to keep the default program location on another drive with more room. I know how to redirect personal folders, but how do I redirect the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders to a different drive. These folders already have some data in them; should that date be manually moved to the other drive or are they OK where they are?

Actually, the real problem I'm having is browsing my computer as Administrator. My current account is an administrator type, but it seems that that is not the same as actually being logged on as the account Administrator. I'm sure if I was right clicking on the folders I want to redirect as Administrator, the Location tab would pop up just fine.

A:Redirect Program Files to another drive

Frank -

Remember that programs write keys to registry which integrate them into the OS, so it's best if possible to keep them on same partition as OS for imaging purposes.

But if you're still short on space after linking User profile or folders to another HD, you can change the default program directory with this Regedit: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-installs.html

Here's how to enable hidden Admin.. This is only for those who know what you're doing - and you know who you are: Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

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I used an uninstaller to remove some files as the left over bits were slowing my computer down, the uninstaller was called REVO Uninstaller, but i unknowingly deleted something important for the start menu it appears because the start menu no longer displays the system files and folders and programs i installed.

So now, every program i had is still there, but i can't access it from the start menu, i have to go into my computer, then find the programs company name, then access it. I tried creating a new account but it has also affected that one so i am stumped as to what happened. I can ordinarily solve most of my computer's problems, but this one i cant seem to fix.

A:I uninstalled a program and now i can't see all my program files in the start menu, h

It looks like you are running in Classic Mode? Right click the Start button/Properties and choose Start Menu. instead of Classic Start Menu. You may be using a Default profile.
Go to C:\Users open up your original User Profile name. Copy the Start Menu, Desktop, Favorites, Music, Pictures etc and paste them into the new profile name you are using to log into.

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I have windows 8.1 and c-drive is system drive.
Programs are mainly installed to C: but I have also some programs installed to E: Program Files, Program Files (68), Program Data etc .
Now I want to to move E-drive contents to another hard drive (all files stored on e-drive).

I think the safest way is to reinstall all programs, but I don't want to do this. Also it is possible to move files to new partition which has another drive letter than e: and create link, but this I don't want to do either.

Can I do it like this:
1) Change e-drive letter to x
2) Create new e-drive to another hard drive
3) Copy e-drive contents to new e-dive
4) that is it?

Can I use normal copy - paste to copy all files?
I think register references are the same after these steps because drive letter and content of the e-drive are still the same.

Does my method work? It sound so easy to do. Is it "too easy"? Does it have any risks?

Best regards

A:Move program files to another hard drive

Yes, it should as long as the drive letter is the same and also I would move instead of copy to retain the ownership of the files.

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hey guys, does anyone know the best software to copy data from one external USB drive to another external USB drive(an empty one)? i'll need to copy around 400-500GB so i'd rather not copy each folder in explorer, but at the same time i want something that will not miss any files and ensure that it copies every file properly and every byte of every file.

thanks guys.

A:Best program to send files from one external drive to another?

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I have a Dell XP that must be old because I am. Anyway I ordered it with two hard drives, both 30Gig. Both are full. Who knew back six or seven years ago that 30-gigs was (were?) not enough?

I have tried to keep C:/ for programs and D:/ for files. I would like to get an external HDD and move programs onto it in order to free up space on C:/

What kinds of problems will I run into? Will the registry be able to keep up or tag along or edit itself or...? Is it even doable? Will it give me nightmares?


A:Move program files to new hard drive

There is no real simple way to do that. the only way I know of is to uninstall the programs one by one and reinstall them point at the external drive instead of the C:\ Drive. the best way to do it, in all honsty is to just buy a larger hdd (500gb are around 50.00 these days) and just do a direct drive to drive clone from your old HDD to the New one. A Program like Symmantec Ghost (it's not free but there are others out there that are) will clone everything at a bit level and automatically resize the partition to encompass all the free space.

Just Moving the Program Files directory will only serve to make the programs non-usable. Registry entries will not follow the move.

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Ok I have a 120Gb SSD as my C drive, for the Windows and Program files while all my data are stored on 2Tb HD (D drive). Yet I'm now getting the warning that my C drive is 90% full.

When I look into it, the biggest folder is my own personal folder, which comes out to 60+Gb. Once I clicked into it, it's got a "links" folder (which again, is 60+Gb in size). Within the "links" folder, I have the following shortcuts:

iCloud Photos
Receipts or Invoices
Recent Places
Recorded TV

Notice that Library shortcut & Receipts or Invoices shortcut both got a Folder icon w/ Arrow. Once I click into it, I'll be on my D drive. Funny enough these directories in my D drive would make up about 60Gb in total!!! So are the 'links' not properly setup hence I'm having problem like this? Any idea? Tx in advance.

A:C: Drive nearing full when it's containing ONLY program files...

Did you check the size of other folders?
Also to make sure that you can make optimal use of your SSD, reduce the space allocated for recycle bin.
Right click on Recycle Bin and click on 'Properties'. Now reduce the size allocated to Recycle Bin by C: drive.
Also you can either turn off system restore for SSD and enable it on 2TB HDD, or you may reduce the storage size allocated to system restore by C: drive.

You can execute the following command in Elevated CMD
vssadmin delete shadows /for=c: /all

make a restore point after executing this command as above command will delete all the restore points.

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If I were to install XP on one drive, then install all of my programs on a separate drive, would I be able to access my programs if I were to format my OS drive and reinstall Windows?

I ask this because I just had to wipe and reinstall Windows due to an irrepairable corrupt system file... luckily I had all my data on a separate drive, but now I have to reinstall all of my programs.

A:Program Files on separate drive/partition

Some programs do allow you to access them after a rebuild, some don't. The only way to test is to...well...test them.

Others may have a better idea than me, but that (as far as I know) is the only way to be sure.

In any case, it's always best to reinstall them anyway.

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I installed windows 7 (Ultimate SP1) x64 on my machine. After installing some tools/apps when I looked at my C:\ drive I saw the following shape (left hand)! That is, there is one folder named Program Files (x86) folder! And I saw the right hand one when I opened that Program Files (x86) folder. I?m not sure do all of my tools were in x64 version or not but I tried to install those that I was sure about them. Is this x86 folder typical in C:\ drive of x64 or it was my fault of installing the x86 apps please?

A:Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7 x64 C:\ drive,

It is normal to have both of those program file folders on a 64 bit OS.

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I installed windows 7 (Ultimate SP1) x64 on my machine. After installing some tools/apps when I looked at my C:\ drive I saw the following shape (left hand)! That is, there is one folder named Program Files (x86) folder! And I saw the right hand one when I opened that Program Files (x86) folder. I?m not sure do all of my tools were in x64 version or not but I tried to install those that I was sure about them. Is this x86 folder typical in C:\ drive of x64 or it was my fault of installing the x86 apps please?

A:Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7 x64 C:\ drive

32bit programs on Windows 64 run emulated in WOW (windows on windows). 32bit programs end up being installed there by default, whereas 64bit programs get installed to regular Program Files.

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my program files folder is totally missing... i dont know what happened if it deleted it self or what....

A:2nd hard drive program files missing...

Quote: Originally Posted by sotorious

my program files folder is totally missing... i dont know what happened if it deleted it self or what....

No one, here, can answer what happened. But, whether you did it manually or it was by default, once a week. You should have everything on "backup and restore". Set it to a date prior to your problem and eveything will be restored.

Does not work? Use system restore. Back up and restore will restore your personal data. System resore returns the OS to the restore point date.

I am not sure as to what you actually lost, but I have given you the answer for either situation.

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Basically I bought an SSD to put Windows 7 on along with some of my most used applications.
However, I want to some how put my users folder and program files folder onto my 500GB HD. I?ve tried multiple times to mess with the registry settings but it doesnt seem to work..? I?ve also tried an application but that just meant when I restarted my PC it diddn?t recognise my user account meaning I couldnt log in at all forcing me to reinstall again?
Any ideas? I basically want only OS & a coupel of aps on SSD while having my desktop/users/prorgam files on my 500gb.

A:How can I move my user&program files to a different hard drive?

Well this trick may help
User Folders - Change Default Location
Once you've moved the location you should be able to just copy the contents in question.

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I have a computer that quit working and I need to put the hard drive in another one as a secondary drive and take files off of it. Is their a program to find the files or can I browse it like a regular drive? The files were saved on the desktop.

A:Is their a program for Vista that lets you get files from a hard drive

You should be able to install the HD in an other computer as a secondary drive and then transfer the files. Assuming that the HD is in good working order. What caused the computer to quit working? Mother board, PSU, Memory, HD ?????

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I have an HP laptop and windows 7. The recovery d drive is almost full. It is storing program files (86) which consists of an 'Adobe' folder and when I click on that it lists my Adobe CS3 and Adobe bridge etc. a 'recovery' folder and' HP_WSD. dat' and 'HPSF_ Rep' are also listed on the drive.

I have an external drive where I hope I have backed up my files following the back-up procedure. When I look at the is lists 'SHAZ HP', Windowsimagebackup and mediaID.bin

MY 2 QUESTIONS ARE: Can I delete what is on the recovery d drive and do I appear to have backed up properly on the external drive.

any help much appreciated

A:Recovery d drive storing program files (86) and is almost full.

Why are you installing programs to D: drive?
& not C: drive.

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I don't know where all the space in my C: is going. Is there a program that searches for files of a large size or lists files according to their size?

A:Is there a program that searches a drive or given directory for large files?

The following is freeware and doesn't require installation. It will find the 100 largest files on your drive:

Largest Files Finder

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Re: The two Vista x64 "Program Files" folders.

I usually don't install programs in the OS drive (C:\). In XP I always created a Program Files folder in D:\

On my new PC w/ Vista Hm Prem x64 there are, of course, 2 separate Program Files folders in C:\.

I've only installed one or 2 small prgms on it & they (so far) seemed to automatically select the folder for 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit folder in C:\.

Question: Will creating 2 Program Files folders on D:\ (naming one "Program Files (x86)" be of any value? Other than if I know some prgms are 64 bit & just want to put them in a separate folder?

OR... are the 2 Prog Files folders only of value or serve some function when in the OS C:\ drive (as far as Windows or the prgms running are concerned)?


From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_Files

On 64-bit versions of Windows, there are two folder for application files; the %ProgramFiles% folder contains 64-bit programs, and the %ProgramFiles(x86)% folder (called "\Program Files (x86)" on US-English systems) contains 32-bit programs. On Windows NT-based operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, etc), the Program Files folders are protected, meaning that only Administrators can change its contents; while this is a more secure solution, it does mean that programs which were accustomed to running as administrator and creating logs or other files in the folder containing the application can not do so when the user is not an adm... Read more

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I have been having lots of problems. I think that I almost have it cleaned up. Can I please get an EXPERT to comment on my HJT log?

When I re-boot I get the following Runtime Error Massage:

MicroSoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:08:33 PM, on 9/25/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Support.com\bin\tgcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Windows\services32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\services.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\WINWORD.EXE

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.comcast.com/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.comcast.net/
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\WINDOWS\about.htm
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Window Title = Microsoft Internet Explorer provided by Comcast
R3 - Default URLSearchHook is missing
F2 - REG:system.ini... Read more


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I have uninstalled Sophos via Add/remove programs but it is still showing in the c drive, program files. Some of the files are causing problems - can I delete them from here?

A:Uninstalled program still showing in program files

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I posted in the XP forum because that the OS we are using and I really don't know what other problem it could be.

I have never seen this before or anything like it - we had a computer with SPSS installed on it - control panel shows it is installed and last used on a particular date (around March 2008) - the program is gone - finit - nowhere to be found - registry shows that it was installed - we ran an undelete recovery program which found files and programs that had been deleted several years ago but did not find the SPSS program - it found the SPSS prefetch and some temp files but no program. We are totally baffled. If an individual had deleted the folder, we would have been able to recover it but it is like it was never there to start with. The only thing we did find was the Vmundo malware but I am having a hard time believing that it could have erased all traces of a particular program

Has anyone ever hear of anything like this happening at all? Ev-er?

A:Program Totally Disappeared From Program Files?!?


It is possible to overwrite files with shredder programs so that even recovery programs can't see them.

I started my computer yesterday and found my Spyware Terminator program was just gone. No one could have accessed my computer to unistall it. Not sure if it's at all related, just thought I should mention it. Anyways, I reinstalled it and everything's fine here.

If this is malware, then it's just really bad.

Anyone else seen anything like this?

With Regards,
The Panda

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I have always kept my programme installation directories in C:\Program Files and would prefer to keep it that way. So many programmes these days default to C:\Program Files (x86). It is a pain to keep editing the location required when setting up a new machine. Is there any way to persuade new installations to default to the former?

A:Point new program installations to C:\Program Files NOT (x86)

Only on X64 windows versions you have C:\Program Files (x86) and C:\Program Files.

C:\Program Files (x86)=>for 32 bits applications
C:\Program Files=>for 64 bits applications

Why don't you like that logic?

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I have program files to several files on my PC. But when I try to run the programs it doesn't run. Hmm... I can't find the setup files either. Is there a way to reinstall the programs so they work? I don't have the install disks but I have the complete files..

A:Solved: Program files there but program doesn't run

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I have Tools/Options set to download files to Program Files. I believe I understand the difference between general Program Files and Program Files (x86); some programs can only be run in 32, not 64 bit. But there are many duplicate .exe programs in x86 and PFiles (Acronis, Belarc, Carbonite, Firetrust, Foxit, HP, Firefox, etc.). I've tried to delete than from x86 or cut/paste them but get this message: "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or a file and try again." I don't understand why a program that can run in PF 64 bit is also in (x86). This is not an earth-shaking question but would like a clarification from this great forum. Thanks. ellenc

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I'm pretty sure this is a dumb question, but here goes:

So I've finally upgraded to Win7x86 Pro. But I've noticed something kinda odd. I've found that some programs' configuration settings are not being saved. I've also noticed that in each instance, the configs are being stored in appdata/roaming or in the "program files" subdirectories for the given app.

What to do besides installing all my software outside "program files"? And what to do about programs that save configs in appdata?

I'm pretty sure something can be done in Security (I'm familiar with setting permissions/ownership/etc, but I'd rather not tinker until someone drops me a line on this).

I'm an experienced user, so I'll probably get any instructions easily, so don't feel the need to over-explain =)

Thanks so much for reading, and thanks for the help!


A:Program Access in Appdata; Program Files

Hi, welcome to the new world of computing what you see is by design and very effective it is too. I could wear my fingers out trying to explain how this works and why I support it, however, easier if I just give you a link:- (references Vista applies to Seven as well)

Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide

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I have a question about Windows 7 Program Files folders. There is a lot of discussion on why the distinct folders are necessary, but I remain unclear about this problem.

Let's say I have a portable 64-bit program whose binaries and dll's arrive in an archive like a .zip package. Will plopping those in the Program Files (x86) folder potentially cause problems for that program?

A:Will installing a 64-bit program in Program Files (x86) cripple it?

Why take a chance? Put them where they belong.

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Hi! Can anyone help?

There are 2 explorer.exe, one under program files and the other under program files (x86). Recently my ie8 homepage was hijacked, and this ie8 is under (x86). And every changes I made by Regedit are made on the other ie8 under normal program files and therefore cannot fix the problem.

When I give up fixing it and use ie8 under normal prgram files, the Adobe Flash Player cannot be installed. It seems that it automatically chooses to install under the (x86) ie8.

What can I do to target changes and installation to the specific ie8 I want?


A:How to Target changes of IE under Program files and Program files (x86

Have you tried a repair install? Repair Install

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Good/Bad of using Program Files (x86) vs Program Files

How do I know what to put where?
How do I knw if a program is x86 or 64?
Running Win7 64

A:Good/Bad of using Program Files (x86) vs Program Files

64-bit software will (should, if the installer is correctly written) automatically install to Program Files.

32-bit software will (should, if the installer is correctly written) automatically install to Program Files (x86).

If in doubt, use Program Files (x86).

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I recently had to reinstall Windows Vista onto my pc which deleted all my old data (I backed it up on an external hard drive). It's 100gb of data and half of it is part of my Program Files folder. I was wondering if I could drag all the contents of my backed up Program Files into my new Program Files folder. I heard it wouldn't work but I dont know so can anyone help?

A:Dragging Old Program Files into New Program Files

You can't do this.
Programs have to be reinstalled.
Except for a handful of programs, which don't require installation.

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I noticed there are 2 of these folders in local disk C:

when installing programs, which one should they go to? Are there differences between these 2 folders?

A:Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders?

Program Files x86 is for 32 bit applications and Program Files is for 64 bit applications. Windows is smart enough (well most of the time) to know which one they got into.

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Ive read that windows automatically suggests file install
locations for 32bit progs into program files(86)
and 64bit progs are installed into program files.

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but whenever I install
any progs I always choose my own file location, i never actually
install anything into program files, but choose another hard drive
entirely, this is just my method of managing the progs i install,
so they dont fill the c drive.

Does this matter ? or are the files that are installed there merely
system files that I have no control over anyway ?


A:Program Files and Program Files(86) question

Personally, I would never install anything outside of those directories. You may find some older utilities don't work well because of references to them. Either way, I prefer to leave defaults where they should be. If your C drive is that low on space, you should work on fixing that isue first, as that could cause some major problems down the road.

AS for causing issues with what you are doing...I guess as long as the apps run after install and don't complain...you should be fine. If you are doing this to avoid reinstalling them down the road after a clean install...it isn't going to work, thanks to Window's reliance on the registry.

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Both the Prgram Files X86 and Program files are taking up abut 10GB so I was wondering if I could delete one to make some memory room on my laptop?

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