Windows 10: Are the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders important? Solved

  1.    15 Oct 2017 #1

    Are the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders important?


    Hi,

    I was wondering how important the two mentioned folders are when installing a software. I know most programs suggest being installed to one of them, but it is really necessary? What happens if I choose another folder?

    I use the game client Steam for example. It wants to go into C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

    Does it matter if I place it in C:\Another Folder\Steam?

    Are there any programs that MUST be installed in either Program Files or Program Files (x86) to work properly?

    On my desktop computer I have one SSD disk (C) and one regular hard disk (D). Here I have always installed software to D:\Program Files and never seen any issues with that (note that this Program Files folder was made by me and not by Windows. Those folders are located on the C drive but never used by me).

    The reason I'm asking is because I'd like to sync a few folders from a software located in \Program Files\ using Synology Cloud Station. For some reason it does not have access to the Program Files folders on the C drive (but it can access the one on D drive).
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       15 Oct 2017 #2

    It does not matter where you install software. Most save config in AppData's or ProgramData's folders anyway.
    Hoggorm said: View Post
    The reason I'm asking is because I'd like to sync a few folders from a software located in \Program Files\ using Synology Cloud Station. For some reason it does not have access to the Program Files folders on the C drive (but it can access the one on D drive).
    This is the reason, why it is better to install Steam elsewhere (preferably other drive like D).
    Because restrictions could cause problems launching games, which require admin rights.
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  3.    15 Oct 2017 #3

    Thank you for the quick reply TairikuOkami!
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  4.    15 Oct 2017 #4

    I have to disagree with installing programs to a second HDD instead of the SSD, especially games. The whole reason why I have an SSD is to increase performance. If I am running my games from the slower HDD rather than the SSD, then I am not taking advantage of the full performance increase offered by the SSD. I want all my programs to load faster from the SSD, not just Windows.
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       15 Oct 2017 #5

    You can create multiple partitions on SSD and install steam on those.
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  6.    15 Oct 2017 #6

    I tend to agree, yes, but still my SSD does not have much storage and quickly fills up when I have Steam (or other games) installed on it rather than the HDD.
    And regarding the computer related to the topic issue, it only has one HDD, no SSD.
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