How come in vista 64 I have 2 different program files. One is labeled Program Files (x86). Some program installations choose to install in the normal Program Files and some choose to install to the (x86) files. The programs that install to the (x86) folder do not appear in the start menu and this makes for sloppy organization. Why is this? And Is there a way I can get the start menu to identify with the (x86) folder?
Program Files (x86) is indeed for 32-bit programs. Program Files under Vista 64 is for 64-bit programs. All programs I've installed either have a desktop shortcut or an entry in the Start menu... so I'm at a loss to explain why your programs aren't showing up there.