First off, I don't know if this is in the right thread but it seemed to make sense, if I am wrong please correct me and I will move my post there.
Okay now that I got that out of the way, I have a bit of a troubling question and whether it is even accurate I am unsure but, I found out recently that all my programs are installed to my Program Files x86 folder and not my regular Program Files folder, and I just recently noticed it and wondered "Isn't x86 32-bit????" and that made no sense that all my programs and even my default download location were in a 32-bit folder and not a 64-bit since after all I am running at 64-bit version of Windows 7 (Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit service pack 1, to be exact. I'll even take a screenshot if you think that I'm just dumb and reading the wrong information.)
So then I looked it up and found out that the 64-bit folder for Windows 7 is just the regular Program files folder, if I am wrong please correct me. But if this is indeed true I would like to know how to change my default download location to the regular Program Files folder and I would like to know (if possible) if I can move all of my installed programs (games like WoW, Crysis 2, Dirt 3, etc...) to my correct 64-bit Program Files folder.
If it is true that the folders Program Files x86 is 32-bit and the regular Program files is 64-bit why would windows set the default download location as the 32-bit folder on a 64-bit OS? That really makes no sense to me, why Microsoft would take a faster operating system and have you download all your programs to a slower folder when the faster one is right there.
Also as just a side note, I might be crazy (I wouldn't doubt you if you said it to my face), but I'm pretty sure that the Program Files x86 use to say Program Files x64. Is it possible that something I did changed this? Like I said it might just be me, but maybe I'm so crazy that I really believe that it really use to say x64.
Just to make it a bit clearer what the two above are saying, you do not need to move any of your installations. Programs will default to the proper folder depending on if they are 32/64bit. I'm guessing when you said default download folder you meant default installation folder, and the programs are installing to the correct location. If you wanted to test that download the 64bit version of winrar and notice which folder it installs to.
Your actual download folder shouldn't be in either program files or program files (x86) and is most likely c:\user\(useraccount)\downloads