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  • Fallout
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
August 11, 2012 11:13:54 PM

Hello everyone.

Simple question for you all; Why do certain programs automatically install to Program Files and others to Program Files x86? I run Windows 7 64 Bit.

For example. why would Fallout 3 install to the Program Files x86 folder, which is for 32 Bit programs? Is Fallout 3 (and Steam, and all Steam downloaded games) a 32 Bit program?

Does what folder (x86 or not) that programs install to really matter?


Also, how do I type in Italics on this forum? I tried <i> text </i> but the preview of this post shows it exactly as I typed.

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August 11, 2012 11:21:53 PM

Yes. Most games are 32bit.

Windows simply separates the programs so they are easier to spot ( which one is 32bit and which one is 64bit ), however it's irrelevant where the program is stored, the differentiation is actually inside the code ( in the .exe file ), the directory doesn't matter.
August 11, 2012 11:23:15 PM

Best answer selected by jdbceltics.