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Program refusing to install in standard program files folder

Question: Program refusing to install in standard program files folder

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.

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Answer: 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.

Kari

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Hi all,

i've installed Adobe Premiere CS4 on my new computer with Windows 7 Home edition. CS4 is a 64bit app. During install I assumed that Windows would determine the best destination.

2 questions: why did Windows decide to install it in the x86 Program Files folder, which is normally for 32bit apps?

Will Premiere still be able to take advantage of the 64bit processing if its running from the x86 folder? or should I reinstall?

thanks

ps: bonus question: is there any way I can determine whether a program is running in 64 or 32 bit mode?

Answer:Why did Win 7 install my 64bit app in the Program Files x86 folder?

Actually, not all of CS4 is 64-bit. Photoshop CS4 has a 64-bit version but I don't believe the other programs are 64-bit in CS4. Not sure about what CS5 will bring.

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I have been running 32 bit XP Pro SP3 for quite some time and decided to purchase an SSD and Win 7 Pro 64bit. I unhooked all my drives except for the SSD and installed Win7 (So I can choose which OS in BIOS during boot). I have the XP install on a seperate drive and I have another extra hard drive (Call it G: for reference below) that my STEAM games were installed under 32bit XP Pro.

My question is this:

Can I create another folder under under G:\Program Files like (Program FIles\STEAM 64bit\) to install STEAM so that my 32 bit STEAM folder will still be there if I boot up XP for some reason and still want to run STEAM from within XP? I realize this is probably a stooooopid question and I apologize in advance for my ignorance.

I know the 64bit 7 creates the x86 and 64bit Program Files on the C: drive, so I was wondering if this might work on other physical drives like my G: drive.

Thanks for any help!
 

Answer:Program Files Folder Install Question

Isn't steam still 32bit?

What you could do is leave the steam file where it is, then install steam on the new drive (for windows 7) but then use a symbolic link to direct the "steamapps" folder of this new installation to the old steam folder. That way both copies of steam will place game data in this location and read from it, but either version will have their own program to launch from.
 

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Answer:Clean install Windows 7 32 bit and I have a Program Files x86 folder.

are you trying to say after the install there is a Program Files (x86) Folder?

are you sure it is a 32 bit OS?

Try to check you system specs .. dxdiag on the search bar of the start menu

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Answer:program files on desktop,program folder empty

help,all my program files are on my desktopwhile the program folder is showing empty.anyideas on how to rectify-win98

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I'm trying to instal Skype on my PC and I keep getting this error message: 'An error occured while attempting to create the directory: c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu.

This is what I've done to try and remedy it:

1. Right clicked the installer file and tried to run as Administrator. Didn't work.
2. Changed security permissions on the folder ProgramData and give full control to me. Didn't work.

The folder is 50% transparent and something's not right with it but I can't figure out why.

Answer:Can't install program - Program Data folder permissions?

Hi kentabu,Welcome to the forums , Have you tried this little trick ? Take Ownership Shortcut

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In the coming week I will be installing Windows 10 Home on my new computer. I will be using an SSD and an HDD, the SSD for the OS, programs and games and the HDD for photos, music and all the other slow stuff.
So, my question. In case the OS were to ever get corrupted, or I had to reinstall the OS for any other reason, is it possible to have the SSD set up as follows; Partition 1 - OS, Partition 2 - Program Files/Program Files((x86) plus other associated folders/files) and Partition 3 for my games, so that any re-install does not wipe out my already installed programs?

I had no problem doing this in with my XP desktop(OS in C and Progs in D, although not perfect, but was never able to do it with Windows 7.

Can it be done?

Tom.

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Win 7 Helpers,
I would like to know how to configure Win 7 ownership/permissions so I can modify files in my C:\Program Files folder when logged in as Standard User. I can do this when logged in as administrator (after configuring ownership/permissions,see below) but when I try to edit>save when logged in as Standard User, I get 'Access is Denied' and no 'over-the-shoulder' prompt for admin password. FYI, I configured ownership/permissions for this program folder when logged in as Standard User by right clicking the root folder of the program: Security>Advanced>Owner>Edit>Admin_UserName>click on 'Owner of Underlying Containers and Object' box>OK. After Win 7 distributes the rights click OK.
Then I right clicked the root folder again: >Security>Edit>Add>Admin_Username>Check Name>OK>Full Permissions>OK.
How can I configuring the settings such that, I can edit and save files in this program folder when logged in as Standard User via Admin_password prompt?

I'm using Win 7 Pro on a Lenovo T500 laptop.
Thanks for any pointers.

Answer:edit program files as Standard User?

You could try to Take Ownership by Elevating through Command Prompt

Start > CMD > Right Click and Run as administrator Then it will prompt for Administrator User name and Password Type that in

Then Follow this Tutorial Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums Option1 - Method 2

Hope this helps,
Captain

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okay, i am having a major problem with this..

i have been trying to fix for hours. and am begining to think i am going to have to re-install windows vista.

i am using vista 32-bit.

and for some reason, when i go to the C:\ drive on my computer there is no Program Files folder.

i have already enabled "show hidden files and folders" in the folder options.

and still nothing.

so i opened up command prompt and changed the directory to C:\

typed in dir to show the directory of the C drive.

and still nothing.

but when i changed the directory to C:\Program Files\

it came up with all my installed programs in program files.

could this be a windows explorer problem? (explorer.exe under proccess list when hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del)

if so, is there anyway to reinstall it without having to reformat my whole hard drive?

Thanks,
-Bryce
 

Answer:Program Files Folder Not There!

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Does anyone what to do to prevent the "Program Files" Folder from opening at startup please?. I'm running WinXp SP2.

The problem started right after installing the graphic card drivers; (ATI Rdeon X800 Pro.).

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
Thanx.
 

Answer:Help with Program Files Folder Please

This is a common problem after installing the ati cat driver. To fix it, just delete the folder that the driver decompressed its files into. In your case, it is probably C:\program files\ati.

Make sure any folder you delete is for the decompressed driver files; not files for an ati app you have installed.
 

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I have two program files folders, one of which has (x86) on the end. I guess this may have something to do with vista being a 64bit version.I notice programs install into either one, what programs are best installed in them and do programs automatically pick the best folder depending what is the best option.

Answer:Program Files Folder

Yes, the selection seems to happen automatically ensuring best compatibility, & shouldn't be manually changed.I don't use Vista, but I've noticed similar behaviour in Win7 RC 64-bit. G

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every so often when i open the folder there's nothing in it.was fine this morning and when i went to look just now it's empty.i need to view the files.does anybody have a clue wot might be going on and how i can rectify the problem?

Answer:program files folder

Please can you post what version of Windows you are using.I assume your programs still work, just that everything in the Program Files folder is invisible, but only on odd occassions.This is one to think about.

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There is an uninstalled  adobe reader software in this address:Program Files\MLPS.Also there is other softwares in this folder.What is this folder?Users must search for adobe reader and find it in this location and then install it or there isa shortcut in start menu  to use this folder and its softwares .In short is this folder part of an organization or it is  ....     

Answer:MLSP Folder in Program Files Folder

Hi and welcome to the forum DariusA,
 
No, those apps are not part of some secret organization, lol. SWTOOLS along with MLPS contain OEM version of 3rd party apps which can't be installed back from lenovo's support site once removed/uninstalled. Lenovo has placed them there so that you can reinstall them in case you remove them accidentally, or copy them to an external media for future use on your current lenovo system if you wish to do a clean install of Windows. You can read about SWTOOLS here: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-77353
 
Hope this help.





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Got a problem with something on my pc which is adding large numbers of image files to my Progrm Files folder which are not large in themselves 4kb to about 300kb each), but I recently cleared over 2000 of them! obviously it's slowing down my system, but I can't find where they're coming from. A typical name is IMAGE79 129x99, they're mainly SPJ (??) files with the occasional BIN. I cleared a load out of the folder but it seemed to repopulate when I did a restart from shut down. Anyone got any idea what's causing them?
Also, in my Windows folder there's a file called jknradee which is a system file of 1kb. It's been there since 2007 but I've not noticed it before - anyone any idea what this is?
 

Answer:Program files folder being populated with inreadable image files

Welcome to Major Geeks!

Please follow the instructions in the below link and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going.

Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not.
Notes:
If you run into problems trying to run theREAD & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode. You can run steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:

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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?

Answer: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 have two computers,connected in a network by a crossover cable,
working in a workgroup and running different OS-Win-XP and Win-7. One is XP-PC and the other is
7-PC. I attempted to open the Program files folder on 7-PC from XP-PC, but the access was denied. I
am able to open all other folders in the System partition-?C? of the 7-PC from the XP-PC. I am
imagining that the culprit is ?Security? tab, but I am unable to figure out what to change. And my
question is: How to make the Program files folder accessible from the XP-PC?

Answer:How to access the Program files folder from another(XP) PC?

I assume you have a suitable user set up, with admin privilege, with the same password, on both machines and all the correct shares are set.

As the Program Files ownership is not ser as the administrators, but Trusted Installer, It appears that this is preventing access as it is designed to do

It may be possible to access the folders if you give the local user full control of this folder, but this is a dangerous route to take as it circumvents security and may allow malware access to the system

You should be able to log in with Remote Desktop to allow modification in this and other system folders

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I am unable to copy files to the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, despite my status as Administrator on a single-user system. As an advanced user, I have many legitimate needs to place files there and cannot live with this level of protection
from myself.
How can I defeat this? Many thanks.


Rick A.
Pleasanton CA

Answer:Can't Write to Program Files folder

Mark, that worked -- thanks a million, as I would never have found that little needle in the Windows 8 haystack. I do not in any way consider this to be progress or evolution in OS design...

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Hi,

I'm sure I once read somewhere that it was possible to make a change to the registry so that software installations would not automatically install into the default of 'C:\Program Files' - does anyone here know of such a trick ?

Background is that I have a 'C' Drive and a 'D' Drive - C is down to about 200 MB free while D has about 2 GB free. Most software installation routines allow you to specify 'D:\Program Files\Whatever ..' asd the installation folder rather than the default of
'C:\Program Files\Whatever ...' - but various Microsoft products still continue to install some files into
'C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared' even where
the actual product is installing its main files into (eg)
'D:\Program Files\Whatever ...'.

And this is what this registry change is supposed to prevent - but after trawling through MSDN I can't find any references to this, so I'd appreciate if someone knew of this change ?

Thanks.

Ray
 

Answer:Location of \Program Files Folder ?

dont mess w/ that!!!

the information its placing on you c:/ drive is miniscule

that folder allows your various programs to communicate w/ each other along w/ some user/global variables
 

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I have a strange folder in C:\Program Files (x86) called "My Company Name" and inside it another one called "My Product Name". This one is empty. My ESET Smart Security found nothing. I can't figure it out where it came from. Is this malware?

Answer:Mysterious Folder in Program Files

Yes. Win+X->Programs & Features and uninstall these 2's: ph & bh

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I seem to have lost my Program files (x86) folder and all of my shortcuts on the desktop have lost their targets
 
I ran chkdsk D: and it reported no errors with the disk
 
I checked if my folder options and "show hidden files" is checked
 
The space is still being used on the drive and it seems like I haven't lost any other files or folders on my D: drive and am at a loss for what to do next
 
Any help would be appreciated, thanks

Answer:Program Files (x86) folder disappeared on D:

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 
Louis

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I've been searching on how to create a folder within program file, windows denies otherwise. I can't find a solution.

Answer:Create Folder in Program Files

  
Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff


I've been searching on how to create a folder within program file, windows denies otherwise. I can't find a solution.


When you right click , Windows denies permission?. If that's the case then obviously it's security issues.

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Does anyone know if its possible to move the User and Program Files Folder from the drive with w8 in it to another drive?

Answer:seperating Program files folder

Welcome to EightForums.

For users:
User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Help Forums

For Program Files Folder:
Best to be on C: Windows.

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How do I change the default Program Files folder in Windows 2000? The computer is set up so one partition stores all the programs while Windows itself is on Another Partition. It gets annoying having to replace the C with a D everytime I install a program.
 

Answer:Default Program Files Folder

HI, I use my computer like you but I set it up first using COA2 from PC magazine a ZD net production.

It is able to transfer folders and make all the neccesary changes to registry.

I did notice that Program Files folder does still appear in theold partition but it is only that some programs won't obey the rules. Common Files seems to be a persistent one.

I don't know the actual registry tweaks needed as it was all automatic. Peace Mal
 

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There is a file in my program files (x86) folder titled "Mozilla Firefoxsafeguard-secure-search.xml." I have no idea what this is? Is it a virus?

Answer:Virus in my program files(x86) folder?

Do you have AVG antivirus?

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Hi Gang: Need help. As part of the powerup of WindowsXP desktop, a "folder" titled C://Program Files//microsoft pops up. It is blank, ie, contains no folders to open and/or delete, and I can get rid of it by pressing X in the upper right hand corner; however, I cannot seem to find a way, using the menues on the left side of the program file, to cause it to stop popping up at every powerup of desktop. It is most irritating. I know one or more of you can tell me how to stop it popping up when I power up. Thanking you in advance. Lee Marelli, The Mental Wizard (except for this one.)
 

Answer:C Program Files folder problem

Odd.... click Start > Run and type msconfig and press Enter. Then click the 'Start Up' tab and look through the list for something that looks like it would open that folder, or it might also list the path you mentioned above ( C:\Program Files\Microsoft ). If/when you find it, uncheck the box, click OK, and restart the PC. Hopefully that will do it!
Good luck!
:-D
 

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Hi....I used to have windows vista ultimate 32bit, but i noticed that my processor runs smoothly with a 64bit OS so i decided to install windows 7 ultimate 64bit, i booted from the OS dvd and before installing it i used the format option for my unique hard drive, then i installed the new OS....right afer installing it, i went to the C: drive i noticed that there was another program files folder but with x86 on it, and i tried to delete them but i couldn't....HELP

Answer:Windows 7 x86 program files folder

Not every program is a 64-bit program. The Program Files (x86) folder is where 32-bit programs install onto your Ultimate x64 installation. Don't sweat it and don't try and delete the folder - it's supposed to be there.

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The Program Files Folder on my XP Pro machine just disappeared. I did a system restore and it came back and works for awhile and then just disappears again and I can't run any programs. I did not delete it. I ran sfc /scannow and even re-installed XP but no go. I ran a file recovery program and it sees the folder and does not tell me it was deleted. The only thing I did before this happened was to delete a couple of Outlook XP pst files that I no longer needed. I also tried to create another folder in my C drive called Program Files and it would not let me saying the file was in use by another program. Anyone know anything about this?
 

Answer:Program Files Folder Disappeared

If you go into the folder properties in Control Panel is it set to hide system files?
 

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okay

my program file folder recently turned into my printer icon..so im like wtf?
first i couldnt view it unless i went to folder options to check off the "Show hidden folders"
I cant load up any programs...
When i click on this so called "Program File Folder" the printer program loads up instead..im like wtf?

it has a printer icon, but says "Program File"..i dunno where my REAL PROGRAM FILE FOLDER WENT HELP?

Answer:Program Files Folder PROBLEM HELP ME!! NOW !!! PL PLZ

Not hardware related... Please find the correct forum and post there.

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I had IObit SmartFrag installed. I then decided to unistal and got a message that the file did not exist. Went into Regedit and deleted all references to the programme, this has worked before. Now find that there is a file in Program Files that I am unable to delete as permission is required, how can I get round this to remove.

Answer:Removing Folder from Program Files

Try deleting it in safe mode - usually works for me with the stubborn ones!

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I have just discovered a folder in Program Files called 'xerox' and I have not got a clue where it came from!Any Ideas?Nick

Answer:Unknown Folder in Program Files

If you right click on the folder kentylad, you can open the properties of it to see what it is. It should alos tell you when it was created and what it's attributes are.

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I tried to install a software in my computer today. Unfortunately it did not finish installation due to some problems. After that i found out i have 3 program files in my win 7. 2 identical Program files folder and 1 program files x86 folder. What happened?

Thank you in advance for your replies.

Answer:i have 3 program files folder in my Win 7 x64. What happenned?

Your suppposed to have two. Programs Files and Programs Files (x86). What is in the two Programs Files folders? Are they identical? Or do they differ in a significant way?

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I want to move my Program Files folder from the default drive/partition to another drive/partition. From C:\...\Program Files to D:\....\Program Files, for example.

XP warns me that this is not desirable but I would like to shift the folder because of the way I have partitioned my XP drive. Otherwise I am going to have to partition my hard drive again, and reinstall XP.

Any opinions please, for and against. Bazza
 

Answer:Moving XP Program Files folder?

Bazza, this link talks about moving C:\Program files to another drive.
http://www.funduc.com/app_mover_notes1.htm
 

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My first post, so welcome everyone.

I had a virus, which I deleted with Spybot S&D and Eset Nod32 antivirus (it may not have been removed completely). For now the infected PC is not connected to the internet.

I found the virus and started scan by looking into msconfig. I saw two objects:

element: _scott_-{97BAE4-4CF2-5FFC-B9DB 1D 1D324E}
localisation: C:\Users\Mikaka\AppData\Roaming\_scott_css.exe

element: _scott_vrc
localisation: C:\Program Files\_scott_svchost.exe

The program files folder is hidden by the virus, you go to C: and it is not there. What can I do about it?? Its not hidden through the standard windows hidden files (I have showing of hidden files enabled, and I still cannot see it).

I tried combofix but it doesn't work for OS higher then XP, how can I restore my Program Files folder?? Help
The Program Files is still there (programs that are installed there are working, and you can find things there through search in start menu, but you cannot see the folder itself).

Infected computer:
Intel Core2Duo E4500 2.20GHz @ 2.20GHz
3 GB GoodRAM 800
Gigabyte GA-P35-S3
NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GTS 256 MB
Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer
250 + 500GB Seagate Discs
Windows 7 build 7229

Here is a screenshot of my C: drive
http://img208.imageshack.us/i/przechwytywaniek.png/

Help!

Answer:Hidden program files folder

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Mikaka


My first post, so welcome everyone.

I had a virus, which I deleted with Spybot S&D and Eset Nod32 antivirus (it may not have been removed completely). For now the infected PC is not connected to the internet.

I found the virus and started scan by looking into msconfig. I saw two objects:

element: _scott_-{97BAE4-4CF2-5FFC-B9DB 1D 1D324E}
localisation: C:\Users\Mikaka\AppData\Roaming\_scott_css.exe

element: _scott_vrc
localisation: C:\Program Files\_scott_svchost.exe

The program files folder is hidden by the virus, you go to C: and it is not there. What can I do about it?? Its not hidden through the standard windows hidden files (I have showing of hidden files enabled, and I still cannot see it).

I tried combofix but it doesn't work for OS higher then XP, how can I restore my Program Files folder?? Help
The Program Files is still there (programs that are installed there are working, and you can find things there through search in start menu, but you cannot see the folder itself).

Infected computer:
Intel Core2Duo E4500 2.20GHz @ 2.20GHz
3 GB GoodRAM 800
Gigabyte GA-P35-S3
Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer
250 + 500GB Seagate Discs
Windows 7 build 7229

Here is a screenshot of my C: drive
Imageshack - 001arn2.jpg

Help!



First welcome to sevenforums.

Ok if you had a dos disk this would be easy. boot from dos cd.. program folder, etc. do you have something that you can boot from outside win 7?
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I have two hard drives, one is 200GB the so-called main one I am currently using and the older is the smaller 40GB drive.

The issue is I have many of the same programs on the smaller drive as on the newer bigger drive. If I uninstall the those from the older drive, will it affect the newer installations on the main drive.

Will a "delete" be all that is necessary?
 

Answer:Program files folder in two directories

Check your Add/Remove programs Control Pannel to see if you have multiple versions showing installed there.

Also, you could right click on one of the programs in each directory and check to make sure that the link to the file is, or is not, referring to the same file. One of the two may just be shortcuts.

If you are referring to system files, just make sure that you would only remove the files that are on the drive that do not contain your OS.
 

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My secondary computer is an HP with Windows XP Media Center Edition, and for some reason, over half of the 250GB HD is consumed by just the Program Files folder. When I check the folders for each program within that one, they are all relatively small and add up to only a few gigabytes. I have very little installed on the computer and use it mainly for a security camera and occasional web browsing. I don't know when this happened but I kept deleting unnecessary things to make more space and then realized the problem was within the PF folder.

Does anyone have any idea as to what's wrong or how to fix it? I've run Disk Cleanup, Defrag and a registry cleaner. They made very little difference. Also, I have hidden files and folders showing and there's nothing there consuming the extra space.

Answer:Program Files folder using 129GB

Run Space Sniffer to see what is taking the space.

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I'm about to reinstall my windows and after that kind of reorganize everything..

So I have a SSD and a HDD. Windows (x64) will be on the SSD. Which means there will also be 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)' on there.
Now on the HDD (only one partition there), I will manually make two more folders: 'Program Files' and 'Program Files (x86)'. My question is: do the 'Program Files' folders have to be in the root of the drive (e.x. H:/Program Files)? Because if not I would like them to be in a 'Programs' folder, which will be in the root, along with 'Media', 'Games' and 'Stuff'. (H:/Programs/Program Files)
Actually this is how I have it now, but I am wondering if it is ok or maybe not recommended..
What made me think of this is: I have the Origin client from EA, and when I open it it automatically creates a folder in the root of the HDD called 'Program Files (x86)'. There's an 'Origin' folder in it but its empty. I deleted it to see if it would recreate itself, and the next time I opened origin the 'Program Files (x86)' folder reappeared - even tried a few times to confirm.

So is Windows, or any programs, bothered by 'Program Files' not being in the root of a partition? Can I easily stick it into another folder? (of course before installing any programs in it).

Thanks.
-User

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50 minutes, no replies, 1 view. What's wrong? Editing to put on top of list :3

Answer:Placement of the 'Program Files' folder(s)

I found this page where some people moved Program Files. But it didn't look trivial:
Move Program Files

I'm wondering if perhaps you can install your programs to folders underneath program files then move that folder to another physical disk. Then make a hard link to it. That way Windows Registry settings all the rest should still point to the same place. In fact PC Magazine has a utility to do it. I think it costs $7 or $8. Also I've seen some people use other hard link utilities designed for moving games, for free. (In Linux when a partition started to fill up I just made a link to another and moved programs over. It worked quite easily there.)

If you try it I would make plenty of backup images to external drives so that you can get back to square one. But if it's a clean install you're starting with, that's the time to experiment. Also I'd look through Brink's Tutorials. Anything that refers to hard links or junction points.

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all of a sudden it seems i have a new folder with two files within it.. the folder is names Usenet Junkie in it it contains two files:

Junkie.INI
Uninstall.EXE

does ne one know what this is?

----------UPDATE---------

upon further investigation. i also have found a few other folders...

- Motive
- Stuffit Deluxe - this one i installed but then uninstalled and i cannot delete the folder what can i do?
- LIVEUPDATE

any idea what these are or what they are for? and if it is safe for me to get rid of them?

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Hi,I think i deleted my IE program files folder.At any rate it is empty which means i cannot download any updates or service packs.My free microsoft help guy has deserted me and i would GREATLY appreciate any help any of you can give this newbie on an old laptop.Thanx for reading!Ara

Answer:IE program files folder is empty!

Try reinstalling IE. If you never upgraded to IE6, now would be a good time.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...

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So apparently I bungled. Upon receiving my new computer, I noticed that there were 2 program files folders. After installing a few programs, I noticed they were all going to X86 folder, so I thought this was an install error on the shipping companies part, and deleted the unnumbered program files folder. Is there a way to fix my messup... will it affect performance, and anything else anyone could inform me that I Fubar'ed up?

Answer:Deleted 64 bit program files folder

Welcome
Your problem can probably be corrected with a simple system restore.
System Restore
Go back a few days before the problem

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I think the title explains it pretty well. Basically, I have a Bethesda Softworks folder located in C:/Program Files, but it is not under All Programs. Also, nothing shows up for it when I do a search. I'm running a fresh install of Win 7 32bit
 

Answer:Folder in C:/Program Files but not in All Programs

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I have a HP Pavilion running xp home edition sp2 with a 40GB hdd. The c: drive is declared at size 33.1GB due to the HP recovery partition.
On the c: drive the largest folder by far is Program Files at 19.3 GB due to a subfolder Microsoft Games 17.2GB containing Flight Simulator 9 14.1GB.

I would like to fit a second drive and move the folder Program Files on to it to free the space on c: to let the ststem run more freely. Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?
 

Answer:Moving Program Files Folder

Can it be done without having to reinstall everything?Click to expand...

No, because of each of the program's relevant registry entries will need changing to reflect the new location, one hell of a manual job that is to the point of being quite simply impossible.

You would be better to create a folder on the 2nd hard dive call it MY Programs (or whatever you like) then whenever you install a program select the custom install options and install the program to the folder on the 2nd hard drive.
You can tweak the registry so that any applications you install from now on will be installed on the 2nd drive
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
change the Data of this String Value ProgramFilesDir from C:\Program Files to the path of the folder on the new drive where you wish the programs to be installed to
See here for info - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/933700

If you want to make some space on C then uninstall any apps and re-install them on 2nd drive.
 

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I've recently reformatted my hard drive and set up a fresh installation of Windows XP. Before installation I repartitioned my drive so I have one logical drive for windows to boot from, another dive (P:) for all my applications, and F: (Fun n Games )

Now I want to configure the 'Program Files' Folder Path to be 'P:\' instead of 'C:\Program Files\'.

1. How can I do this?
2. Should I move everything already in c:\program files\ to the new location? (i.e. 'Common Files', 'Java', 'Outlook Express' etc.)

Answer:Moving the 'Program Files' folder.

Definitely don't do number 2. That will probably just corrupt your programs. Leave the ones that are already in Program Files there; there is no easy way to move them (esp. Common Files, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer). The programs that you have installed you cacn specify where you ant to install them. As to changing the default location, there is probably a way but I don't know off hand.

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I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to place the Program Files folder on a different drive from the one the Windows directory was installed on.
 

Answer:Is it possible to move Program Files folder?

Yes it is. The \Common Files subfolder can be moved as well. Here's how you do it, on XP.

Create the new home for Program Files, wherever you want to put it. Copy everything in the old C:\Program Files to the new one. Open up regedit. Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion. You will see Reg_SZ values for ProgramFilesDir and CommonFilesDir, change them to reflect their new locations. This has worked flawlessly for me - new program setups even default to the new location when they check this key, as most well written install routines do. It is probably even possible to make a custom XP install routine that uses an alternate location from the beginning, but it's not that big of a deal to me.

However, I have not exhaustively tested this. There are likely situations where this causes problems. Proceed at your own risk.
 

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I noticed that my Program Files folder shows a preview of a photo that I have never saved in that location. It also appears in the PerfLogs folder almost right next to it located on the Local Disk.

The Program Files x64 folder doesn' have this issue, only the x86 folder. I thought I could customize the folder but of course Microsoft does not allow that.

Why is Vista generating a folder preview using a photo that was never located in these folders?

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Can anyone tell me, after a fresh install of WinXP, what all I can remove from the Program Files without effecting the way XP works? Will anything here effect my getting online after I get my ISP files installed? Specifically, I am wondering about the NETMEETING folder, but also would like to remove most of the others as well.
 

Answer:What can I remove from Program Files folder

MPeg3 said:

Can anyone tell me, after a fresh install of WinXP, what all I can remove from the Program Files without effecting the way XP works? Will anything here effect my getting online after I get my ISP files installed? Specifically, I am wondering about the NETMEETING folder, but also would like to remove most of the others as well.Click to expand...

You can not remove Netmeeting, Messenger, xerox or Microsoft Frontpage... Although it is possible to delete the contents of these folders, the folders themselves will be rebuilt upon next boot (however, there are registry hacks to prevent this, it is really not worth the aggravation)...

As for Windows Media Player... It to will be rebuilt upon next boot as well as there is a hidden Media Player2...

Everything else except Common Files, Internet Explorer and Windows NT could probably be uninstalled/deleted...

.....Willy
 

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Hi all,How do I set up so that one particular user can not view what is in the Program Files folder yet be still able to have access certain files.So when the user clicks into the Program Files folder via the windows explorer they will be denied or will not be able to view any files. BUT at the same time still allow programs like MS Word to have access to the files.

Answer:Program Files Folder security

You can't password particular folders in XP Home, except for enabling privacy on user folders below the Documents and Settings level. Even when the root of C is viewed for the first time, it just displays the screen that is controlled by the "hide operating system files" option (which is in folder options) and this can be over-ridden with one click.Your best bet is to hide the Program files folder and then disable the viewing of hidden folders (again, in folder options).But it can only deter, not prevent access. A limited user account would be a good idea.Hope is on the horizon in the form of Vista, which will offer more sophisticated control and limitations.

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Hey guys hows it going, first time posting here.

A couple of days ago my computer contracted some sort of malware/virus, and I did a full PC-recovery and backed up all my files. When the computer was functional again I did full system scams with ZoneAlarm, Norton, and AVG Spyware (all updated). A couple of viruses and malwares were found. but nothing too serious. Things were running alright until I tried to run my Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne (installed before PC-Recovery).

First Time I ran Warcraft 3: Things were a bit slow.

Second Time: Warcraft 3 detected a sound bug, was able to run but did not provide any audio.

Third Time: The game ran (with audio this time), but when I quit the Warcraft 3 application I was not able to open any other applications (Command Prompt, Task Manager, Firefox etc). When I tried to they all gave me a "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0150002)" error. However I was able to run My Computer. I restarted the computer and everything went back to normal, but to be safe I followed a procedure I found on the internet regarding the 0xc0150002 error and enabled access to all users through command prompt.

I decided to uninstall Warcraft 3, it was uninstalled successfully. However the Warcraft 3 folder with a few downloaded maps/saved games still resides in My Program Files. I tried to delete the main folder, and even tried to delete individual folders/files. But they just wouldn't go away, no error messages came up or an... Read more

Answer:Cannot Delete Folder in Program Files

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I want to know why sometimes after uninstalling a program, the program's folder will stay in the Program Files folder. I want to delete this folder, but they normally contain .dll files, and it says that some programs may not work if you delete this folder. Can I get rid of them some how? THANKS! Nikki

Answer:Program Files Folder.....QUESTION

When they give you a message that says some folders might not work, they mean that program might not work. But since you already uninstalled them you can freely delete them.

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I have a 64 bit version of windows 7 ultimate (i think) and i was just wondering as to the logical explanation why i have 2 program files folders on the C drive. One is Program Files, the other is Program Files(x86). When i install most apps or games the default folder is the x86 one. Is there any difference, or will something go wrong if i choose the wrong folder during an installation?

Answer:Program Files folder in windows 7

One is for 64bit based programs and the other 32bit

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this one.

Anyway, I believe my computer doesn't have any malware/viruses as I took care of it last week or so and this folder was already there, before and after.

It's called "xerox" in Program Files and it has another folder in it called "nwwia". There's nothing in them and nothing hidden that I can tell. They cannot be deleted and while I was in safe mode I was able to delete them, but the folders came back and I have no idea why.

I've had these folders in there for a long time and I'm kind of curious as to what they are.

Answer:I Got a Strange Folder in Program Files

What is '\Program Files\XEROX\NWWIA', and how do I get rid of it?The short answer is that it does appear to be something related to "Windows Image Acquisition", which is a common component of Windows. Why it shows up empty, and why it remains protected by the operating system is as best we can tell, a mystery.?For what it's worth, it benign. It's on lots of systems, including my own.Using SysInternals Process Explorer I was able to tell that the windows logon process has the directory open. But I was able to find no reference to it in the registry. And apparently when you do manage to delete it, the system file protection service dutifully restores it.There's a long thread on the subject out at the Annoyances.org discussion forum titled Deleting Ghost/Empty Directories that has many theories and a couple of ways to delete it, if that's really important to you.askleo.com

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Hello,
I am unable to write/modify/replace files in the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folders, we have folder that is placed in Program Files folder, lets say MES folder
we use Active Directory System and all user take file from FTP server if there's Program's Update from System that I make, so new file/files will replace old file/files in MES folder, it was work smoothly in Windows 7 Pro, but not in Windows 8.1 Pro
the things I already do was :
1. Change User Account Control Settings to Never Notify (lowest)
2. Turn Off Windows Firewall setting (Domain, Network Location, Public Network)
3. Change advanced security add local user for Full control, modify, read and execute (to take ownership and grant full control permission of the folder and all contents in it)
I Know from forum it must be about user security issue but this 3 steps still not change anything
How can I defeat this?

Many thanks.
Regards
Michael H.
 

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My Win10 Home is regularly updated by MS. After a recent update I find I am no longer able to update or completely remove applications.

An example: Firstly, I am logged in as an administrator. I recently ran a program that informed me that an update was available. I opted to download and install it. When the install ran, it generated the following message:

"<filename in C:\Program Files (x86)\filename.exe>

An error occurred while trying to rename a file in the destination directory.
MoveFile failed; code 83.
Cannot create a file when that file already exists.

Click Retry..."

I tried first running the install program as Administrator, but the same error is generated. The problem resulting from these attempts to update is that the application no longer runs, probably because some critical files have been deleted/moved/renamed pending newer versions being installed.

I then tried uninstalling the application but the same problem occurs when I run the installer. On checking the folder concerned I find that a number of files still exist. I then attempted to delete these files - the delete operation proceeded without error but the files still remain.
On checking the security permissions on the folder I find that ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES, ALL RESTRICTED APPLICATION PACKAGES, CREATOR OWNER, my login, Users, and TrustedInstaller did not have Full Control. I attempted to set this on these folders, and was successful for all except CREATOR OWNER, but each attempt ge... Read more

Answer:Unable to delete Program Files (X86) folder and files

Were you logged in as a standard user when you got those errors?

My account is an administrator and I can move, copy and delete files in 'Program Files (x86)' with nothing more than a 'you'll need to provide administrator permission...' prompt. Clicking 'Continue' completes the operation without further messages. I haven't needed to change any of the permissions or ownership from their defaults.

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I know it's the UAC that's restricting me from doing so. Am using 7-zip, and the only way I've found for moving files to program files, is by extracting them on my desktop, then move it over to the folder inside program files. What am looking for, is a way of extracting them to the program files folder right away?

Edit: Am mostly using the right click menu. Right click-> 7-Zip -> Extract and so forth...

Answer:Unable to extract files to program files folder(UAC).

Hi Nitrius,

This is a security feature in Vista that will not let you do this from any other account except while logged on to the built-in Administrator account.

Administrator Account

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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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?
 

Answer:Downloaded program files and temp files folder

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I think I already know the answer (reinstall all my programs) but just thought I'd ask here...

I did a reinstall of XP Home today, but for some reason my hard drive wasn't formatted, which pleased me no end. I didn't lose my old Programs folder, and the D&S folder for my old profile is still there. I know I can just put shortcuts to my programs on the desktop, but I was wondering if there's a way (short of reinstalling all those programs) to essentially re-register them in the Registry so this fresh install of XP can see them?

Was that clear as mud?

Thanks for any ideas!

Answer:Fresh Install of XP, can I get it to see my old Program folder?

What makes you think you need to do anything?

Do the programs work as they should?

What did you use to accomplish this second install?

System manufacturer and model?

Louis

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OK. This is just downright annoying. I am unable to open any programs that were stored in the crogram Files folder, including IE, MS Office, Adaware, Spybot etc.; I kept getting the message that the *.exe file could not be found. When I went looking I discovered that the Program Files folder is completely missing. There are two folders now in the c:drive with names that are a corrupted version of Programs (eg.PR[]gram) but they are both empty. I have searched the drive and registry for some of the programs to no avail; shortcuts and associated gif files seem to be there but no programs. However, any programs that were not in the c:/programs file, such as HJT, my recipe software etc are still fine.

I tried a restore but XP said no changes were made. I used XP_exe_fix.reg just in case but no luck.

Please advise; do I need to reintall Windows (over install or complete)?

And just in case, here is my HJT.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 9:40:49 AM, on 6/28/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\sm56hlpr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wfxsnt40.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswct... Read more

Answer:C:/Program Files folder complete disappeared!

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I need windows store folder from program files/windows app which i deleted Only than i can restore it using powershell Please can someone uplaod the 2 windows store folders in program files windows app

Answer:Need windows store folder from program files

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There's some strangely named icons in my Program Files Folder - a few of which I've listed below.ACURVE V.OOR-AFBEELD.INGAN HET B.EELDIRECTE.VIDELEVISIERDEN EVE.NTUNGEN WOR.DENVLAKKEN.WORI'm concerned that they shouldn't be there, espacially as they are all foreign names - could they be bugs / other nasties?Has anyone come across these (or something similar) before, and if so am I safe to simply delete them, or should I leave well alone.Thanks

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I transferred the 'program files' folder from my XP computer to my vista laptop's desktop. I moved all the files to their new homes and then went to delete the folder, but it says I don't have permission.

I have added special permission to my user account, but still can not delete. I have tried deleting from command prompt, while also disabling explorer in task manager. I have enabled the hidden administrator account and still couldn't remove the folder in question.

I have assigned ownership of the folder to my user account, but still no success. I have tried several move on boot type programs, with no success and tried various other things in command prompt.
 

Answer:Solved: Program Files folder undeletable

try this http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

good luck
 

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I have been trying to delete a folder under c:\program files and keep getting an error message that says "Destination Folder Access Denied. You need permission to perform this action." I am the administrator and thought I wouldn't need permission but this particular file must have something set so I can't delete it. Can anyone help?
 

Answer:Unable to delete a folder under c:\program files

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My computer: Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 AMD 64bit

I am aware of the two folder for program files, but this scrn shot(attachment) will explain it more..
My "Program Files (x86)" folder is not showing up in my C drive list, it is still there, but not appearing any ideas? I think other folders are not showing as well..
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Answer:"Program Files (x86)" folder not visible anymore

in Vista, some system files and folders are marked hidden. If you want to see them you have to set them to be seen using folder properties
You can set the properties for individual files and folders, or system wide.

Generally, the system folders are marked hidden in order to protect them from untrained users accidentally deleting necessary files.

in search options you can choose to search system and or hidden files and folders.

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On my home LAN, I have updated one of the PCs to Win XP Pro. It's an upgrade from Win 2000 and the file system is NTFS. The otehr PCs are a combo of Win XP and Win98.

When I try to access this PC over the network I can not access the Program Files folder on the C drive (I get an access denied msg).

I (think) have set all the Sharing and Security settings correctly - I am NOT using Simple Fle Sharing. If I set the permissions for one of the sub-folders (eg. Photos) within the Prog Files directory I can directly access those files.

If I map a network drive to the C drive as "C$", and then look at that over the LAN, I can log in as the Administrator (with p/w) and then I can access all of the folders (including Prog Files) without restriction.

I got to thinking that maybe some of the folders/files within the Prog Files directories had 'inherited' some restricted permissions so I also tried to take ownership of all the files in Prog Files - but that didn't seem to help...

Therefore why can't I access the Prog Files folder without using C$, even if I've set all the sharing and security settings properly?
 

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Answer:Need windows store folder from program files

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HI
I was going thru program files (c drive ) in My Computer I all of a sudden see a folder I never saw it just kinda popped up and I cannot open it, the service windows sends me to find a program to open it doen't recognixe the extension(?) I go as far as I can and themn I try looking in webcrawler and google I finally have come here where I prolly should have come first.OH it doesn't LOOK like a folder it looks like the thing in the tool bar on topwhere you choose if you want thumbnails or icons etc. what is this thing I have had to delete AOL and all real stuff as I am trying to reinstall real cause it kept not being able to load saying my uninstall componect or something was missing I have done SpyBot Adaware Spydoctor Supercleaner, looked in registry ( but ididn't see anything like that. I have Win XP P4 1.80 GHz. any ideas? thank ya Drac
 

Answer:magically appearing folder in Program files

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Hi,

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?
 

Answer: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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Nobody is replying to my question in Seven Forums, I just need to know right away. Here it goes:

I am running a Win 7 OS on an SSD and I have some programs installed on a different hard drive. And I want to move this program files folder on the same hard drive but different partition. Is it possible to do this without breaking the program links? If so, can anyone please tell me how? Thanks.

Answer:Moving Program Files folder to another partition

I am not sure I understand you completely. What do you mean by: Same drive F but different partition ?

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My OS of choice is Windows 2000.

Yes, you read right. I managed to turn my Program Files folder into a Recycle Bin. How did I do it, you ask? My Recycle Bin had 2 damaged files it refused to delete, so I looked around for problems like mine. I got this link ( http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;136517 ) and did what it said. However, I didn't have a recycled folder. Instead, I did a search after uncovering all hidden folders, copied the original Ini, then changed them all to read what I was told to put in a new ini file.

I did this in the Program Files folder, the System32 folder, and WinNT folder. I restarted, and found all my program icons in the tray changed to nothing. I have no back ups, and the new recycle bin reads as having all the data of the Program Files. I can't extract it, but it's there. Any idea what I should do to change it back into a file folder?
 

Answer:Turned my Program Files Folder into a Recycle Bin

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This is one of the most annoying things about a 64 bit operating system.

I'm sortof a neat freak about my pc to make things clean and easy to get to.

I was wondering if it was possible for me to reinstall vista 64, DELETE the program files(x86) folder, and make the default program files install directory "C:\Program Files".

If i can do this without reinstalling, then great but its nice to have my registry all in order too.

I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate X64 SP1

Thanks

P.S.

I already checked google. Mabye i didn't look hard enough?

Answer:Make Vista Only Use 1 Program Files Folder

They system is set up to look for 64 bit compatible programs in the Program Files directory - and 32 bit compatible programs in the Program Files (x86) directory. I suppose that you could force the installers to use the Program Files directory - but it'll require reinstalling each and every 32 bit program that you're using (and depends on the program giving you the choice of where to install it).

As for making it the default - I don't even know if that's possible - and don't know if it would have adverse effects on the wow64 launcher for 32 bit apps.

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Can someone remind me which key needs to be changed so that the windows program file folder defaults to drive D - rather than drive C. Second question is will this change work on a P/C with Windows NT?Thanks

Answer:Moving 'program files' folder to Drive D

Not sure what you mean. Do you want to boot from d and not c?

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This is a major annoyance. Every time windows starts the folder C:\Program Files\Common appears. I'm running XP pro and have checked the registry keys HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run for the folder and the startup programs under system information and found nothing. The only thing in the common folder is another folder called Bin. Any ideas

Hobbes
 

Answer:C:\Program Files\Bin folder appears on reboot

Try booting without running any startup programs, does the folder still appear at startup?

Start>Run, key in msconfig and when it opens select "Selective Startup" and unselect "Load Startup Items". Click on Apply and follow the prompts to restart.

Let us know what happens
 

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I installed Windows 7 32 bit over a Windows Vista 64 bit computer. I had to reinstall all applications (Office, etc.) and they were installed in the new folder 'Program files'. Can I just delete the old 'Program Files (X86)' folder? Should I do that? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Should I (and can I) delete Program Files (x86) folder in Windows 7?

I found the following link, and it worked for me. http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/10981-program-files-program-files-x86.html I was able to delete all folders. I had to remove a couple using the command prompt with administrator rights and the command "rd". I was also able to delete them from the Windows Explorer window. Good luck.

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G'dayI've got my PC set up to store programs on my D: partition and C: is used for windows only. Whenever you install a program, it automatically chooses C:\Program Files\*** as the directory, which means (in my case) having to change it every time to D:\Program Files\Windows 2000\*** or D:\Program Files\Windows 98\*** depending on which OS I am using. I store all my programs on the D: drive under these 2 folders so that any problems are easier to fix later on.How, if indeed there is a way, do I setup windows to automatically choose the D:\Program Files\Windows *** folder?CheersBA

Answer:Change default "C:\Program Files" folder

The default, as you know, is C:\Program Files, For XP, which I'm using (so Win 2000 should be the same) you can change this by going to Start > Run, type in "regedit" (without the quotes) and navigating to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current VersionClick on the Current Version folder in the left-hand pane and the contents open in the right-hand pane. Double click on "ProgramFilesDir" in the right-hand pane and change C:\Program Files to your desired destination. Then exit the registry. I'm assuming you will take the necessary precaution of backing up the registry before you make any changes, BA.

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How come I cannot remove programs that are apparently installed in the Program Files (x86) folder? They don't show even with Revo Uninstaller... Is it by default that even if I uninstall the from the regular Program Files folder, they still remain in the Program Files (x86) folder??

Thanks in advance!

Kate

Answer:Uninstall programs from Program Files (x86) folder

What program are you trying to uninstall?

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Is it possible to set up the Windows 7 Program Files folder as a share on another networked PC ( also running Windows 7 ) ?
I understand this was also a problem with Vista, but I was an XP man myself and it was never an issue on XP.

Andrew

Answer:How to share Windows 7 Program Files Folder

Well, since you are not the "owner" of the files and folders in Program Files, I don't think you are allowed to share them. Although I've never tried.

Try it and see what you get.

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Whenever I logon to (XPhome, 2003 Server) the Program files folder automatically pops up. The event takes place on three of my PCs, but only on my personal user-ids and not on the others.

I've tried the following:

- disabling "Restore previous folder windows at logon"
- Verified that its not related to the StartUp folder.

Any other sugestions?

Thanks
 

Answer:(XP) Upon Logon the Program Files folder always pops up.

Maybe this can help:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/170086/
 

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I found this folder in my x86 program files folder named "WAN Miniport IKEv2" that I don't know what it is nor do I know if it should be removed or not. I googled the folder name but only results with people posting how to find it or get it working showed up. There was nothing on what it was or why it is on my computer to begin with.

Answer:"WAN Miniport IKEv2" Folder in Program Files(x86)?

There's actually plenty of results explaining you what that is.https://windowsforum.com/threads/anyone-know-what-a-wan-miniport-ikev2-is.75830/http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/66241-63-installing-miniport-ikev2-windowshttp://www.overclock.net/t/1293080/wild-wan-miniport-ikev2-device-appears

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Dear All,

I am currently setting up my new machine with Vista business 64-bit, and am aware that vista creates 2 folders for x64 and x86 software.
However i have a fairly lean disk partition (80gb) for vista and want to keep this drive free for windows and virtual memory/scratch disks.
This means that all software needs to be loaded on another partition or on my second hard disk.
Is this possibe?
Do i have to create 2 new program file folders to mimic the existing setup? i.e say for eg. d:\program files(x86) and d:\program files..??
Your help is appreciated.

Farhad E.

Answer:Changing location of Program Files folder(s)

Hi Farhad,

Welcome to the forum.

You will not be able change or move the locations for the programs included in Vista. (EX: Windows Mail, Sidebar, Firewall, etc...)

You will not need to create two folders on your other partition for a 32 bit and 64 bit Programs folder. When you install a program, just make sure you change the installation location for it to your other partition.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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i have a folder called aod in my prgram files in the local c folder its got an icon in it that says aolaod in gray under that it says aol on desktop

theres a folder called netscape in the same folder too and a folder that says aol

theres also three other icons

aol and in grey under it configuration settings

trainer.ppk

and timedata and in under it grey configuration settings

i wanna know if its safe to remove this folder and if i remove it will it mess up my aim instant messenger any

oh and theres a seperate folder in program files that says aim
 

Answer:folder called aod in my program files can i remove this

http://www.bigblueball.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20415
 

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I see that I have two sets of Program files. One is called Program Files and the other is Program Files (x86). Just wondering . . .HP Pavilion 64 bit

Answer:why 2 sets of program files folder under Windows 7

You have installed 64-bit Windows, and the dual 'Program files' structure is 'by design'. 32-bit software programs, by default, install to the 'Program files (x86)' folder. This is to minimize or eliminate the risk of having both 32-bit and 64-bit installs of the same program present, and their installation files creating conflicts and/or performance problems.Some software applications programs install both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the program.

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I am using a 2 year old Desktop with Windows 10 and I recently installed a 250GB Samsung SSD.
I then cloned all the important files in my 1TB HDD to my SSD before wiping that old Hard Drive.

Now my SSD is my main hardrive (C ) and my empty HDD is my secondary hardrive (F )
After transferring my Documents, Pictures, Videos, etc... back to my old HDD (F ),
my SSD (C ) is using 125GB /232GB

I only want my OS to be in my SSD and now I wish to further increase free space in my SSD by transferring Program Files, Program Files x86 and Users folder back to my 1TB HDD. All three adds up to approximately 90GB, which is wasted space in my new SSD.
 

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dammit, i tried to run this little application called Dexpose, its like Mac OS X Expose but for windows (downloaded it from softpedia) the program didn't do anything, and my house was flickering the loading icon, i ctrl+alt +del, and closed the program, now i tried using firefox, and it say

firefox.exe - corrupted file
The file or directory C:\program files is corrupted and unreadable. please run the chkdsk utility.

even though i get the error, the program loads fine, and still runs, tried a few other programs, same problem, I tried accessing program files and it is denying me access.

any suggestions? I was gonna restart the computer, but i thought id ask someone here first. thank you.

Answer:Corrupt Program Files Folder! Crap! :S

  
Quote: Originally Posted by hastyle


dammit, i tried to run this little application called Dexpose, its like Mac OS X Expose but for windows (downloaded it from softpedia) the program didn't do anything, and my house was flickering the loading icon, i ctrl+alt +del, and closed the program, now i tried using firefox, and it say

firefox.exe - corrupted file
The file or directory C:\program files is corrupted and unreadable. please run the chkdsk utility.

even though i get the error, the program loads fine, and still runs, tried a few other programs, same problem, I tried accessing program files and it is denying me access.

any suggestions? I was gonna restart the computer, but i thought id ask someone here first. thank you.




Have you run your virus scan and malware programs?
If your HD is clean I would try a restore point or just try reinstalling Firefox.
That of course is after you try and uninstall that program you downloaded.

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I did a refresh on windows 8 because the computer was running really slow. after it finished, i could go inside the windows.old folder to access all my files including the program files from which i copied so folders onto an external hard drive butnow there is no more program files folder there and i need some of the files and i did not delete any of them
Help!!

Answer:Windows.old\Program files folder disappeared

Hello M0r3Pa1n, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Did you run Disk Cleanup or any 3rd party program like CCleaner that may have deleted the Windows.old folder by mistake?

For now, you might see if you may be able to use the free program Recuva to recover the folder.

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I have Home Premium 64 bit and I am trying to install Adobe Pagemaker, a 32 bit app. The installer seems to be confused on whether to install it to the Program Files folder or to the Program files (x86) folder. Is there any way I can direct the installer to the Program Files (x86) folder? Pagemaker worked on Vista even though it is officially not compatible with Vista. Some functions did not work, eg Spellcheck.

Any thoughts would be welcome.

Answer:Direct installation to Program Files (x86) folder

You could try installing the program in compatibility mode - Im not sure whether this will direct it to the x86 folder :

To install a driver OR program in compatibility mode - right click the setup.exe file - click properties - click compatibility - check run in compatibility with vista/xp etc - check run as administrator - leave the rest blank. Start setup.exe and install.

You can also run the program in compatibility mode once its installed by doing the same as above except right click the shortcut to the program - click properties etc.

There are some similar threads listed at the bottom of the page that maybe of use.

My only other suggestion is to install it to where ever it goes, and just see what happens - you can easily uninstall the program or setup a restore point prior to installation to make sure nothing is corrupted.

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Hi,

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?

Answer: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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Hi

There's a folder in Program Files that I want to delete but I encounter a variety of obstacles when I try.
If I try to delete it at the Program Files> root, Windows Explorer reboots.
If I try to first 'delete up from the bottom', working through a series of sub-folders to delete the innermost file, which has worked on other occasions, I get an error message saying that the file might not even be there, that it might be on another hard drive or a network.
Trying to delete any of the folders in between, earns an error message saying that nothing can be removed, because there are files being used someplace.

Not having used Safe Mode much, I wasn't sure what special thing to do while in there. I couldn't delete the folders, at any rate.

It must be an infection. The path is:Program Files > Google > Desktop > Install >
and then some numbers.
At the same time, AVG is detecting "CRYPT_s.CCD", "Luhe.sirefef.A", and "IDP.Trojan.5E976F8B".
I'm assuming the two issues are related.

Someone must've left a door open. How do I chase this thing (or these things) back out?

Cheers
GP

Answer:How to delete obstinate folder in Program Files

right click on Google folder and take ownership of the folder on the security tab, then set permissions to full for all users. Keep working on the security tabs to take ownership of the files, and change the permissions to full access, see if that helps you delete these folders. Also apply changes to all sub folders.

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I recently built my computer (today, actually) with a SSD for the main boot drive and a 2TB HDD for my storage. I've managed to change the profiles' folder to the storage drive, but I've been reading that you can't move the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders without causing issues with Windows Update, .NET framework and Visual Studio, and other miscellaneous issues. However, I read that if you put some kind of link (symbolic, hard, not 100% sure) in the place of the original folder and pointed it to the HDD it would work. I've never used links before, other than the standard shortcuts, so can anyone help me out?

Answer:Changing Program Files folder to other drive

With Win7 and later (possibly vista) you can use the mklink command to create hard links, symbolic links, and directory junctions. You'll almost certainly run into issues though (especially if an issue with a drive makes files inaccessible in some way); it's almost safer to just install programs to the second drive manually.

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I have searched around a bit and discovered other people are having this problem, but I cannot seem to fix it.

It started when I realized that my Windows Aero theme would not load. I very much like being able to pick my color theme, so after trying a few times to load it and failing I decided to install some Windows updates and restart my computer.

When I restarted, the Program Files x86 folder was corrupted and told me to perform a ChkDsk. I went through the steps and told my system to complete a ChkDsk upon a restart of the computer. I restarted my computer.. and nothing happened. ChkDsk refuses to run. I tried to boot my computer from elsewhere so that my harddrive would not be in use and then I could perform the ChkDsk on it, but I have not been able to really figure it out.

I also tried running the Windows Diagnostics Tool, but it did not do anything after it scanned and restarted. I then followed some instructions on the Vista site for ChkDsk not working and it told me to run "sfc /scannow" when running the Command Center as an Administrator. It was scanning along fine until it got to about 64%; it stopped with an error. I tried running it in Safe Mode and the same thing occurred. I am now at a loss for what to do.

My computer is still fairly new and I have a warranty, but I would really rather fix this problem than return it. Other people have apparently been able to fix it, so any help would be appreciated. Since my laptop came installed with Vista, I do... Read more

Answer:Solved: Program Files x86 Folder Corrupted

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I've come across software like this but I didn't pay much attention because I didn't think I needed it. Now I have a use for it.
 

Answer:Best program for listing files and folders within a folder?

I use freeware called File List Generator - LS.exe
On some sites it is called LS - File List Generator.
It is really good because you can configure the output to be however you want it to appear by ticking option boxes. It doesn't install but just runs from an executable file so is totally portable. You can also filter what types of files it will put in the list.
I can't find the software developers site but if you pm me I will send you a link to another site that has it :cool
 

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I've come across software like this but I didn't pay much attention because I didn't think I needed it. Now I have a use for it.
 

Answer:Best program for listing files and folders within a folder?

I'll just get this out the way before someone else decided to be smart and suggest:

Start > Run > CMD ~ Then type the following, one line at a time, each followed by <enter>

Code:

cd C:\Users\Admin\Documents
tree

Ok, so I'm assuming that you're looking for a replacement for Windows Explorer?

On that assumption, I'd recommend something like Explorer++
 

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