Program Files

Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

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 installed on the computer.

How to open Program Files folder

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

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Select This PC or Computer.
  3. Open the C: drive.
  4. Open the Program Files or Program Files (x86) folder.

What programs 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

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