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Program Files

Program filesProgram Files is a folder first found in Microsoft Windows 95 and included in all later versions of Microsoft Windows that stores the software programs install on your computer.

How to open Program Files folder

By default this directory is found on the root directory of your primary hard drive with the path C:\Program Files. To open this folder on your computer follow the steps below.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Open This PC or Computer if not already open.
  3. Open the C: drive.
  4. Open the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folder.

Opening the Program Files folder in command line

By default the Program Files directory is in the root directory of your primary hard drive. To open this folder type each of the commands below.


cd "program files"

The first command gets back to the root directory and the next command uses the cd command to change the directory into the "program files" folder. In new versions of Windows you no longer need quotes, but it is still a good idea to have quotes around any file name or directory with spaces.

What folders and files should be in the Program Files folder?

The Program Files folder and Program Files (x86) folders should contain the folders of the software programs that have been installed on the computer.

Program files translations

If you're using a version of Windows that is not English this directory may be translated into a different name as shown in the examples below.

Danish = Programmer
French = Programmes
German = Programme
Italian = Programmi
Norwegian = Programfiler
Portuguese = Arquivo de Programas
Spanish = Archivos de programa
Swedish = Program

Also see: File, Folder, Operating system terms, Program