Finding Program Files(x86) in Windows® 7
Get to know more about program files(x86) folder in Windows 7
Windows 7 is the latest installment in the highly popular Windows operating system versions from Microsoft and packs some of the most advanced features aimed at enhancing both user experience and productivity. Windows 7 operating systems have both 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions which support computers with 32 and 64-bit computing capabilities. The users can install and use most of the 32-bit applications for Windows on the 64-bit edition of Windows 7 but cannot install 64Bit applications on 32Bit systems. Windows 7 64-Bit versions are designed to separate the 64bit applications/programs from the 32-bit ones and it does so by storing the 32Bit applications in a separate Program Files-(x86) folder in the Windows 7 system partition. Although the installation and use of 32-Bit applications are supported by the 64-bit editions of Windows 7, it is highly recommended that the users prefer the installation of 64-bit applications so as to enhance overall functionality and decrease compatibility issues.
Some points regarding Program Files(x86) folder and ways to find the folder in Windows 7 system are discussed below:
- Program Files-(x86) Folder
- Access System Partition
- Locating the Folder
Program Files-(x86) Folder
The Program Files(x86) is a folder in Windows 7 64-Bit edition which serves as the default installation directory for the 32-bit program installed in 64-bit editions. The Windows 7 64-Bit editions support some of the 32-bit applications and these applications/programs when installed in the system are stored in the Program Files-(x86) folder which helps to differentiate between the 64bit and 32-bit applications installed in Windows 7 computer.
Access System Partition
Users should first determine their system partition from among the accessible hard drive partitions before trying to locate the Program Files(x86) folder. The Program Files(x86) and the normal Program Files directory will be located in the system partition of Windows 7 computer, i.e. the hard drive partition into which the operating system is installed. After conforming a partition as your system partition the users can proceed further for locating the program files(x86) folder in Windows 7 computer.
After confirming the system partition, users should open the partition by using the 'Explore/Open' option. A number of files and folders will be listed in the system partition of Windows 7 and users can find the Program Files(x86) folder just next to the original Program Files folder in the system partition. The users might require permissions to access this folder as it contains critical files and folders that are accessed by the 32-Bit applications and programs installed in the system.
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