What is Windows Program Files and Program Files (x86)

Program filesIf you're running a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows when opening your hard drive you may notice that you have a Programs Files and Programs Files (x86) folder. For backwards compatibility this is what allows you to run older programs under the new 64-bit operating system. If you're having trouble locating a program in the Programs Files folder try also looking in the Programs Files (x86) folder.

Why is it called x86?

This term comes from the x86 platform name, which first originated from the Intel 8086 processor. See the x86 definition for additional information on this term and related links.

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