Dual boot Windows problem


pveeningen

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Hello everyone!

I have a strange situation...
On my laptop which i use for mostly automotive related stuff, i need "also" Windows 7 32 bit.

So i have Windows 10 64 bit as my main and mostly used one.
And i have now made the laptop dual boot (on 1 harddisk!) with also Windows 7 32 bit.

BUT... in my Windows 7 32 bit, i have now the directory's ProgramFiles and ProgramFiles x86!
And both of the directory's are being used.. I have no idea why Windows 7 setup has made both directories...
And i have installed some softwares, and when i boot the Windows 7, i get now a lot of errors that drivers etc are for 64 bit..
And the drivers for that tools are all for programs which been installed in the ProgramFiles directory...

Is there anyway that i can get rid of the ProgramFiles directory, so it will only use the x86, and use my Windows 7 like it should be???

Best greetings Patrick!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 and 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
    PSU
    850w PSU
    Case
    Cyberpower PC
    Cooling
    Water cooled
    Keyboard
    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
    Mouse
    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
    Internet Speed
    1 GB mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
BUT... in my Windows 7 32 bit, i have now the directory's ProgramFiles and ProgramFiles x86
That is quite normal for 64-bit versions of Windows, both folders appear when Windows 64-bit version is installed, 64-bit programs go in Program Files and 32-bit programs go in Program Files (x86). If the 32-bit version of Windows is installed it should show only the Program Files folder.

Windows 11 is not available as 32-bit but still does the folders as Windows 10 and earlier do.

Don't know why your 32-bit Windows 7 shows both, shouldn't. In Windows 7 go to Control Panel, System and it will show if you have 32-bit or 64-bit. Mine shows as 64-bit. Yeah, I have older usable computers, Windows XP, 7, 8.1 along with 10 and 11, just do not have a 32-bit version.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 Pro RTM
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 3400
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 11th Gen. 2.40GHz
    Memory
    12GB
    Hard Drives
    256GB SSD NVMe
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro RTM x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5890
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 10th Gen. 2.90GHz
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Onboard, no VGA, using a DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Dell
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD NVMe, 2TB WDC HDD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/Microsoft Security
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