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

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

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?

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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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Hello, Please help me. I have Windows 2000 Professional. I'm pretty new to all this as I have only had a computer for about a week. I got some adware threats detected by Norton Antivirus 2004 and have done a lot of reading up and I am now tring to delete them.

One of the removal instructions provided by Norton promps me to delete a file in C:\Winnt\Downloaded Program Files but when I go to view this folder it looks like there are no files inside. Now, I know there are files in there as Norton Antivirus has picked up one in there and when I view the proporties for that folder it states there are 12 files inside but when I view the folder with Windows Explorer it appears empty!

I've gone into folder option and changed the settings so it shows hidden files and hidden system files yet this still doesn't let me view the files in this folder. How can I delete this file if I am unable to view it?

If anyone can point me to a turorial that explains this or explain it to me I would really appreciate this.

Please help a n00b.

Cheers, Luke.

A:Unable to view files in C:\Winnt\Downloaded Program Files

I'm assuming you have done this to Show hidden files and folders:
Go to Control Panel/Folder Options/View and select "Show hidden files and folders"

Also,place a check in "Display the contents of system folders"
And,uncheck "Hide protected operating system files(Recommended)"

If the above doesn't work try this:
Create the REG_DWORD ShowSuperHidden (if it doesn't already exist) Set the value to 1, click OK, and close the Registry editor

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In internet options under temporary internet files and then under settings view objects there 5 java runtime environment active X controls with yellow exclamation points. Is this supposed to be this way and if not how do I fix this? Also, the setting in my temp internet files folder is set at 1192. Is this correct or should it be changed?

A:Downloaded program files and temp files folder

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I have many portable programs and some of them are x64. This is probably a stupid question but is there is any reason why should I place the x64 programs in "Program Files" and the x86 programs to "Program Files x86" or I can place them wherever I want regardless of x64/86

A:Is it necessary to place x64 programs not in the x86 program files

Let windows do the install, no need to adjust anything.

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hello team i notice i have some damaged downloaded program files. Please see attachment. Is there anything i can delete there, and what can i do to fix the damaged ones? Im always trying to clean up unneccessary files, and programs etc. I dont know much but remember the list there was smaller. I do have 2 screenshots from the past if needed but this list got big quick, and seems to have lotsa damaged files?

A:Downloaded program files

You will need to be more specific as to what program this is in reference to .
Also if you could supply the other screen shots that would be of help also.


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I have a Downloaded Program File entry, that has "unknown status", no creation date, and it says "none" under Last Accessed.

It does claim to be 4kb's in size.

This program file has no name, but instead, is a grouping of numbers and letters, all enclosed in parenthese..{}.

Highlighting it, and right clicking it only brings up the properties of the entry.

It cannot be deleted either from the keyboard, or from the menu...File>delete..Edit>cut.

The properties of this entry show it to be an Active X control, (with no creation date, no access date and no status. It does not appear to be damaged...it does not say that there are any damaged files associated with it).

I dont feel comfortable giving you the codebase http address, because Im not sure if it turns into a link that anyone can access. But I will tell you that it includes the words; fpdownload, macromedia, polarbear, ultrashim.cab

Using my search bar to go to that location brings me to a folder, with an apparent program that has yet to be installed.

There are 3 icons in this cab folder...a .dll icon, a configuration/notepad icon with the name "erma", and the remaining icon is an INSTALL icon.

Clicking on any of these icons brings up a command to "extract", or copy.

I do vaguely remember going to macromedia.com, (adobe.com) a couple of weeks ago, and downloading and installing the adobe flash player and the shockwave player. I seem to remember that when I first began us... Read more

A:Downloaded Program Files,

http://www.sophos.com/security/blog/2008/02/1075.htmlQUOTE SOPHOS:"Ultrashim.cab is normally a valid Macromedia Flash filename, and is a very good example of why you can?t trust files based on name alone. It?s pointed to in a similar way to last time so that it appears that Flash is asking you to download an update. But don?t be fooled, you definitely don?t want this ?update?."Submit it to jotti's virusscan or virustotal.com. In the "File to upload & scan" box, browse to the location of the suspicious file and submit (upload) it for scanning/analysis. Post back with the results.http://virusscan.jotti.org/http://www.virustotal.com/metodos.html

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I downloaded Norton Internet Security from the Net. Tried to install it but ran into a problem so I want to do an XP Home System Restore to a date earlier than the download. Doing so will lose all the recent downloaded Internet files so I need to find the NIS download file and burn it to CD before doing the restore. The desktop icon properties show the path but Windows Explorer only shows four temporary Internet folders, I think it creates new ones for each session, and I cannot find earlier ones. I've tried "show hidden files" but without success and have run a search in Explorer as well.

Any suggestions on how I can find older downloaded Internet files?

A:Where does IE6 put the downloaded program files?

Where the download is saved depends on your browser settings and whether you selected a folder at the time.
If you can remember the name of the downloaded file (or part of it) you can do a search for that file. If you cannot remember go back to the download site and follow the links to download and at some stage the filename will be visible.

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I have two programs in this folder , one of which is my antivirus(norton) and the other is Download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab. I ran an hijack this log about a week ago and it did not show up on the log. Ikeep a log to compare readings, this scan it showed up on the hjt log. Are these programs already installed and can be deleted from the folder?

A:Downloaded program files?

The Norton one will be your update ActiveX,
The Flash is macromedia ActiveX control.

Both can be deleted,

However when you next update Norton it will be reinstalled, and by deleting the shockwave control will mean you will not be able to view some websites properly

Both are legitimate controls and can be safely left on your system

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Running down a dream....Click to expand...

I have "Damaged" downloaded program files, all of them at this status. What the heck could cause this? And what are these files in the first place? I have copied them prior to this damaged thing, on floppy disks. Do not know what the heck to do with the copies, but have them.
1-What are these "downloaded program files" and what do they mean to me, my system?
2-What could have caused them all to show as "damaged" in the status of each file? How do I figure out what caused this so it does not repeat itself? (had only 1 prob that day, with install of Microsoft updates?). Really think I should find out if I did something naughty that system did not approve of, so I can apologize to it and fix it up so it is happy with me again.
3-How do I use the copies of these files, if I need to, and do the "out with the old, in with the new" dance...how do I install the new files back into the system and get the damaged ones out?
Thanx for you help, again...have a great day!!

A:Damaged Downloaded Program Files?? What's this all about??

Downloaded program files are ActiveX controls and Java programs that are downloaded automatically from the Internet when viewing certain pages. They are temporarily stored in the Downloaded Program Files folder on your hard disk.

These can include perfectly legitimate applications, like Macromedia Flash player, Quicktime player, the Google toolbar installer, and the like, but also spyware.

The best way to view them is as follows:

Go to Internet Options > Temp Internet Files > Settings > Show Objects.

If any of them are damaged, right click them, and choose Remove from the context menu.

You'll just be prompted to download them again whenever Windows or an application needs them.


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I was looking around my PC - internet prop, settings, view objects and found many DL program files. Some are listed more than once installed, same day and version; some status unknown; some total size '0'. Surely some can be deleted - if not all - but?? Surprised the control panels add-remove does not show these programs to be installed??Esp Java runtime enviroment? Where do these programs originate from?? I know the Java program I am running is 1.5.0. updated to 6 but it does not show in this file. Even found some Symantec Script Runner Class and RuFSI Utilit Class files installed created 6/06 but I deleted all AV system a long time ago??

A:Solved: Downloaded Program Files

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I have an HP Pavilion running Vista home premium.

When I am cleaning my computer out at the end of the day, I open up internet options and "veiw objects", which brings up my DOWNLOADED PROGRAM FILES folder.

In there are 3 or 4 active x files.

But 1 in particular has a status of DAMAGED.

Vista is different in that I cannot just delete this damaged file, like I could in XP, or in earlier windows versions.

All I can do is right click it, which brings up a "properties" link.

This damaged file is an active x file, and the "code base" reads like this:

http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp dot cab (I changed this to read 'dot com' because it appears to be a direct hyperlink to my computers files...and I dont know if anyone could click on this and open my files...so, i added the dot com)

The link takes me to a gp[1] file that looks like it originates from my adobe illustrator installation, and inside this file are several Adobe GetPlus application files, a .dll and a .ocx active x file.

Here is the explorer folder trail to this GetPlus folder that is apparently corrupted.

Temporary Internet Files>Low>Content IE.5>PO6ALQ9S>gp[1] (which appears to be a cab file, as it has that icon that looks like a two drawer blue file cabinet with the bottom drawer half open).

This thing was created 11/2006, but I cannot remember if tha... Read more

A:Downloaded Program Files, Damaged

Get KILLBOX.EXE at http://killbox.net/

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I have a desk top PC with Windows XP SP3 and use IE 8. When I clicked on Tools> Internet Options.>General Tab>Browsing History>Settings and then View Objects I found there were 17 entries with one dating back to 2005. Some entries are associated with programs that have long since been removed. Of the 17 files listed 10 were shown as "Installed" in the Status column while 6 were shown as"Damaged" and 1 as "Unknown".
Some of the "Damaged " files have either "none" in terms of size or "none" shown as a creation date.
Can anyone tell me whether or not it is safe to delete these entries?
I would appreciate any advice
Thank you.

A:C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files

Hi -Have you attempted to go - Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup ?? Wait while it loads (can take a few minutes)Tick the boxes in there and click OK > OK - This removes many older built up files Now run Defrag (also in the same area System Tools) and see if many are removed -

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Hi.I have an HP Pavilion running Vista home premium.When I am cleaning my computer out at the end of the day, I open up internet options and "veiw objects", which brings up my DOWNLOADED PROGRAM FILES folder.In there are 3 or 4 active x files.But 1 in particular has a status of DAMAGED.Vista is different in that I cannot just delete this damaged file, like I could in XP, or in earlier windows versions.All I can do is right click it, which brings up a "properties" link.This damaged file is an active x file, and the "code base" reads like this:http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp dot cab (i did not put the . in there because it creates a hyperlink.)The link takes me to a gp[1] file that looks like it originates from my adobe reader installation, and inside this file are several Adobe GetPlus application files, a .dll and a .ocx active x file.In fact, I believe this all began with an adobe reader automatic update, that installed adobe reader from 9.0, to 9.1.I have removed, uninstalled adobe reader 9.1, and reinstalled it, and i have even installed a lower version of adobe reader (8.5, 9.0), and when I do this, the damaged file changes and is not longer damaged......until I restart my computer, or perhaps it when my browser uses an active x applilcation, I dont know.How does one remove a damaged downloaded program file from Vista?I have deleted that gp1 cab file, but I dont think that is even installed into my computer....(I really do... Read more

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Installation support file version 2007,11,28 in the Downloaded Program Files has been damaged, due to which my pc is showing unexpected errors, is there any way to solve this problem..
should i delete it or do something else, kindly help me..

A:damaged downloaded Program Files

Installation support file has been damaged, version 2007,11,28,1
Program file\yahoo\common\Yinsthelper.dll
due to this i am not able to install yahoo messenger and my pc is also showing some unexpected problems..
kindly help me..

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first of all if i am in the wrong section , my apoligies.if you could tell me the correct section, i will delete and repost. Also i have a post already on games not working,if the two are linked, i will also remove this post.

My question is do i need to delete and replace the damaged programsand how.

Or can i just delete them.

my problem is as follows,
start/control panel/internet properties/browse history/settings/downloaded program files.

creative software autoupdate: damaged
creative software autoupdate support package: damaged
get_atlom class: damaged
MUWebcontrol class: installed
NVIDIA smart scan: damaged
System requirments lab class: damaged
Trend Micro activex scan agent 6.6:installed
Windows live safety center base module: damaged
WUWEB control class: installed

A:Downloaded program files damaged

Hello and welcome to TSF

Sorry for the long delay to answer your thread, we have been very busy lately

This looks like failed ActiveX downlaods too me

Please tyr this

Open up Internet Explore, click Tools, Internet Options, click on the tab Security and underneath 'Security Level for this Zone' put it on Medium.
Then click on the tab Privacy and under 'settings' put it on Medium. Click Apply then Ok.

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Good evening everyone---

First, I will state that I'm using WinXP Home and IE6...

I was wondering if anyone could please tell me how to get the files within the C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files folder to appear? It used to display all the active x controls and plugins that I had downloaded, but now it shows zero items? However when I right click on the folder and choose properties it says it contains 6 files. They also do not appear under add/remove programs in control panel.

I would like to get these files to appear, so that I can right click on them and choose the remove option.

If it isn't possible to get these items to appear, is there some command I can execute in order to remove/unregister these active x controls/plugins?

Much Thanks in advance!

A:Removing Downloaded Program Files?

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I only do what the voices in my head tell me to do...Click to expand...

All of the Downloaded Program Files on my WinXP were listed as "damaged". So... I went off road and just simply deleted the file...the Downloaded Programs File, not each seperate file, as I had some type of error when I tried to do so, I believe something about the file was being used somewhere else, to close everything and try again, but would not delete no matter what I closed down.

Now, go figure, there is no longer a Downloaded Program File on the system.

My question is...does this return when there are new files that are downloaded for use? Or???? This is sounding more and more like an X-Files case...should have not cancelled the show!

Thanx for your time and help!! Hopefully I will get it some day!!

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I ran ad-aware 6.0
then spybot.search destroy
then hijackthis 1977

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 3:22:52 PM, on 4/17/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Gearbox Connection Kit\bin\confsvr.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Config\ConfigHighSpeed\3.52.1010.10\IACLiM.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\eber.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\rnathchk.exe
C:\Program Files\Sierra Imaging\Image Expert\IXApplet.exe
C:\Program Files\CallWave\IAM.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\hpgs2wnf.exe
C:\Program Files\Gearbox Connection Kit\bin\gbConMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Gearbox Connection Kit\bin\gbTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Gearbox Connection Kit\bin\gbdash.exe
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A:windows\downloaded program files\bridge.dll

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When I click on Internet Options, Settings, view objects. Under dependency all show damaged. Is this right? I am running IE 7, Windows XP Home Edition and using Service Pack 3. I have been trying to get help and noone has responded. It won't let me delete disabled downloaded Active x controls.

A:Is it safe to delete all downloaded Program Files

I see no Settings tab in IE 7 .


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Hi, I am still having a problem trying to get rid of a file dealing with Dialer.one0none. The only time this shows up is when running Norton Anti Virus scan, as being in c:/windows/downloaded program files\109554.exe. I cannot delete it using NAV. When searching for this file, it is no where to be found.
My question is this, Can I delete the entire contents of the c:/windows/downloaded program files? Maybe this would get rid of it.
I am running Windows XP Home ed. I am on cable and do not have my phone connected to the computer. There don't seem to be any problems other than this keeps coming up on my virus scan as a threat and when I try to delete it, it fails. I have tried the Safe Mode way, also have submitted a HJT Log earlier. I just need to know if the c:/windows/downloaded program files is needed. Thanks for your help. Roger

A:Can I delete c:/windows/downloaded program files

yes, you can safely delete the contents of that folder.

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In c:\ windows\downloaded program files, I see references to Java and Shockwave. But there are a number of files in this folder that I do not see. I have all files visible in the folder options.

I know that there are other files in this folder because I can see them when using command.exe.

Advice please


A:Making All Files Visible In Downloaded Program File

It may be better to get the folder out from under the Windows folder. I have been downloading to C:\download since Win9x and it's worked well.

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I am trying to delete an active x file MSN Games - Installer but when I click on File-Remove Program File, nothing happens. I tried to just delete the file and still nothing happens. Im trying to follow instructions from MSN games support because I can no longer play multiplayer online games.

Thanks in advance,

A:Solved: deleting damaged downloaded program files

go to control panel open up Internet options. then click on programs. then click on manage add ons. in there look for that active x file. you can disable it there or delete it . if you cant delete there try disabling it and the go to add and remove to try to delete it.

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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 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 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?


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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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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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 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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I understand the process of how to remove downloaded Active X controls using the Disk Cleanup Utility.

My question is, exactly how many versions of the same Active X control do I need to keep?

For example, I have 3 Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0 controls showing in the list.
Two of them were installed on 07-28-2010 and are both for updates. They appear to be the same kind of control as each other.

The third is called "Classic Java plug in for Netscape and ..?' which I don't know where that came from....if it was an option in an update, I didn't choose it. I wouldn't choose that because I don't have/use Netscape. It was installed on 2-2-2011.

Can I remove the classic plug in for Netscape and one of the other update controls?

p.s.....I am utilizing your suggestion page about "Slow Computers/browser ..check here first". this is where my question originates from. I run XP Professional Service Pack 3.

A:Using Disk Cleanup Utility to remove Downloaded Program Files -Question

In order to remove older Java Installations we recommed this: JavaRA it remove all older versions of Java.

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i m using vista home premium 32 sp2..
Machine! Hp Dv6 Core 2 duo 2.10GHZ -3 GB RAM- 512MB AtI Gaming card....
i have got 2 major problems now !!!!
1) in Windows/downloaded program files i have got a file which is damaged and when i right clicked on it. only Properties occurs! and that thing i basically got from IE's(Version 8) Tools>Options under the heading of browsing setting> and View Objects...

2)i don;t know what is the problem with my IE8 whenever i open Hp's website it wouldnt opened and for other websites it words but for a very few minutes. but after that i get the error that the webpage can't be displayed---- but In google Chrome it works gr8 ..

A:[VISTA-32HOME-Premium]windows\downloaded program files and other Problems

Originally Posted by amar4ever

i m using vista home premium 32 sp2..
Machine! Hp Dv6 Core 2 duo 2.10GHZ -3 GB RAM- 512MB AtI Gaming card....
i have got 2 major problems now !!!!
1) in Windows/downloaded program files i have got a file which is damaged and when i right clicked on it. only Properties occurs! and that thing i basically got from IE's(Version 8) Tools>Options under the heading of browsing setting> and View Objects...

2)i don;t know what is the problem with my IE8 whenever i open Hp's website it wouldnt opened and for other websites it words but for a very few minutes. but after that i get the error that the webpage can't be displayed---- but In google Chrome it works gr8 ..

Hello amar4ever;

Please have a look at this link and see if can help you remove the damaged file:

Cannot Rename or Move a File or Folder in Vista Fix

If not there are some other steps we can take.


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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 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 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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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 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'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 had to perform a drive swap so that my old installation of windows 7 and all my programs are on one drive, and my current installation is on the other. I would like to know if there is a way to get all of those programs on my current installation, and also recover my preferences, start menu etc.
Specifically when I try to run word or excel I get the message "the Operating system is not currently set up to run this program"
If anyone can help me that would be great, I don't care even if I have to dive into the to fix this but please someone help

A:Installing a program from program files

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

I don't want to give you wrong advice, but I'm fairly certain that unless you cloned the old drive onto the new one you'll have to re-install all your programs on the new hard drive.

The reason you are getting the message you quoted is because it'll be a system registry issue i.e. Windows on the new hard drive can't see Excel on the old hard drive.

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Running Windows 7 Pro, 64bit.

We have a package of scripts and programs that comprise a custom application for OpenOffice 3.2 (do not want to upgrade OO at this point). We must support our package on Win XP, Vista and 7.

A bunch of our scripts start up OpenOffice by running the command:
C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 3\program\soffice.exe (with arguments).

Works fine on XP. Fails on Win7 because the OO program installs itself into Program Files (x86). Even if I change properties of the installer file, in the Compatibility tab, to Win XP SP3, AND tell the installer to put it in C:\Program Files, Windows 7 still installs it into Program Files (x86).

We would LIKE to have the same script work on both flavors of Windows. I know we can modify our scripts to branch on which Windows, and choose two different paths to soffice.exe, but that's messy.

I can't solve it by creating a shortcut in Program Files, to the program in Program Files (x86); that's not allowed.

Is there some solution in Windows 7 to find the program no matter which place it lives? Like, a semi-intelligent environment variable for ProgramFiles that looks in one place, then the other? Ie.:
"C:\%ProgramFiles%\OpenOffice.org 3\program\soffice.exe

Maybe I'm missing some easy solution, but so far I don't see it.

A:Finding a program in Program Files (x86)

The reason the programs plonk themselves in the Program Files (x86) must be because they are 32-bit applications.

By default, Windows 7 64-Bit installs 32-bit applications in the Program Files (x86) folder, whilst 64-bit applications reside in the Program Files folder.

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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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The file is called "Myway" wnen you open it the folder is called "Mybar" when you open that there are four folders: 1.bin
Cache History Settings The first folder when opened has an uninstall readme file that looks like this:

; myBar uninstall inf
; Copyright (c) 2002, 2003 My Way



HKLM, "SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\My Way Speedbar Uninstall"

HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{0494D0D1-F8E0-41ad-92A3-14154ECE70AC}"
HKLM,"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar","{0494D0D9-F8E0-41ad-92A3-14154ECE70AC}"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser","{0494D0D9-F8E0-41ad-92A3-14154ECE70AC}"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\ShellBrowser","ITBarLayout"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser","{0494D0D9-F8E0-41ad-92A3-14154ECE70AC}"
HKCU,"Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser","ITBarLayout"
HKCR,"MyWayTo... Read more

A:Found odd program in program files

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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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