Program Files (x86)

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  1. aqua

    aqua MDL Novice

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    Hi
    Installed updates, asked for reboot, uninstalled ATI drivers first and the rebooted! Got error that updates could not be configured and rolled back! After restart did ATI / Windows updates. All updates ok, and the failed ones installed successfully! I noticed then that I've 2 "Program Files", and no "Program Files (x86)"! All installed program are there, and searching for a file shows its location in "Program Files (x86)", but "(86)" has disappeared from the second "Program Files" folder!
    Any thought on that?! And how to get the name back?!
     
  2. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    huh??? what are you trying to tell/ask?

    "C:\Program Files\" if for full 64 bit applications on a 64-bit edition of Windows 7
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\" is for 32-bit applications on a 64-bit edition of Windows 7
     
  3. aqua

    aqua MDL Novice

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    Right! Windows 7 x64. Had 2 folders, "Program files" ( for x64 programs) and "Program Files (x86)" (for x86 programs)! Now I've 2 folders, "Program files" & "Program files"! The "(86)" at the end of folder name of the second folder is gone!
     
  4. secr9tos

    secr9tos MDL Addicted

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    #4 secr9tos, Feb 19, 2010
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    press start button an type:
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    explorer "C:\Program Files (x86)" 
    if it does not open the specified folder u have a problem...
     
  5. aqua

    aqua MDL Novice

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    Have no problem as such. It's just the "(86)" missing at the end of program files folder for x86 files!
     
  6. secr9tos

    secr9tos MDL Addicted

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    If ur problem is just the name of the folder my not rename it?
     
  7. beamslider

    beamslider MDL Senior Member

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    How can you have two folders by the same name on the root?
     
  8. aqua

    aqua MDL Novice

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    Thanks. But Windows original folders cannot be renamed!
    "How can you have two folders by the same name on the root? " That's what I want to know!
     
  9. secr9tos

    secr9tos MDL Addicted

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    #9 secr9tos, Feb 19, 2010
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    There can be two folder with the same name but the second one is no "real" folder it's more a symbolic link.
    Open a cmd and type:
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    cd \
    dir /A
    If u see "Program Files" listed as <JUNCTION> it is a symbolic link
     
  10. aqua

    aqua MDL Novice

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    OK. CD\ & Dir /A. I've both ProgramFiles & Program Files (86) as Directories. The only junction is Documents And Settings. As I've saig, nothing is wrong with the files or programs, everything works as it should! Only the (86) is missing from the folder that used to have it, the x86 program folder. So under C: I've Documents and Settings, Program Files ( with all x64 programs), Program Files (with all x86 programs as before), Program Data, Users & Windows, plus offcourse those locked folders ( Sys Vol info, recovery, recycle,..).
     
  11. urie

    urie Moderator
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    Something is wrong there Documents and Settings, Program Files ( with all x64 programs) should not exist.
     
  12. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    How do people do these things ????????
     
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  13. sssubito

    sssubito MDL Novice

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    Have a look if a somewhat misplaced or corrupted desktop.ini (attributes: hidden and system) does some strange renaming. Those desktop.ini files can make the explorer show files with whatever name you like. The cmd tells you that the names are still ok, but explorer tells us something different depending on what desktop.ini tells him. I hate when important and everyday used programs don't tell the truth... [sic!]

    ///sssubito
     
  14. blackranger

    blackranger MDL Senior Member

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    #14 blackranger, Feb 20, 2010
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    Okay, there is a fast way to solve this problem, also it's the quickest way ever,
    follow the steps below and preform carefully:

    1. Input your Windows 7 install disk
    2. Next step, next step......until you are able to choose the location (C:\ or D:\, etc)
    3. Delete the drive that you would like to install Windows 7
    4. Choose the clean, empty drive and install Windows 7
    5. After about 15 minutes, you may finish your installation
    6. Finish the personal settings and login
    7. Enter your serial number or use a loader
    8. Install updates which you receive from Windows Updates
    9. Enjoy your new piece of Windows 7~!! :)

    Click ''HeRe'' for any help.

    Dizzy answering such questions - -'
     
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  15. aqua

    aqua MDL Novice

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    Thank you all. Best to close this thread now!