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Thread: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

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    m1ke905 Guest

    Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    I was just wondering, If I have a x64 based PC running Windows Vista
    Ultimate 64 bit version, should I install all my games in the Program
    Files folder or in the Program Files (x86) folder, I know that the x86
    program files folder is meant for 32 bit applications, does it make a
    difference when you install games in the x64 program files folder rather
    than the x86 folder? Would uninstalling and then reinstalling the games
    onto the x64 program files folder increase the performance of the game
    at all or does it make a difference at all since my PC is running Vista
    Ultimate 64bit anyway.


  2. #2
    Jane C Guest

    Re: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    I would suspect that most, if not all of your games are 32 bit. Leave them
    where they are. If any of your games are true 64 bit they will have
    installed into Program Files anyway. All those in Program Files (x86) will
    be 32 bit. You would gain nothing from uninstalling them and reinstalling
    them where they don't belong.

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    Rotten Ronny Guest

    Re: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    That folder is a protected folder so it is better to install all your games
    to a different folder. Most games work from that folder fine but some that
    need admin access will have issues. I use Vista64 and never install any
    games to that folder.

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    Paul Smith Guest

    Re: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    That's the point. Operations as standard user shouldn't be messing about
    with the system, nor its applications. Once a game is installed it should
    only need to be messed with when it requires patching. All data is stored
    in a user location anyway.

    If you really want users to be able to modify a game's files, instead of
    moving it out of Program Files why not just change the game's folder and all
    sub files and folders so they're user-writable.

  5. #5
    Rotten Ronny Guest

    Re: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    Because it is quicker and easier to just install the games to a different

  6. #6
    Wayne Guest

    Re: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    Not all games store data in a user location folder, some store them in the
    install directory. If this is under Program Files then you can get those nice
    little popups or have to run the game as admin to get it to work correctly.

    Whereas if you create a folder called Games on your hard drive and install
    your games as sub-folders under that you don't have issues with games that
    aren't Vista aware.

    Changing the security/properties of folders under the Program Files folder
    is bad security advice.

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    roy69 Guest

    Re: Installing games in Program Files(x86)

    I have always installed my programs in user specific folders on a
    different partition.
    Audio programs in a audio folder.
    Games in a game folder etc...


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