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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks - How to Find Your Old Program Files

Windows 7 is a true 64-bit operating system, and as so it handles file storage and hierarchy a little differently. That can present some challenges when you first start using a Windows 7 PC, since some of your files and folders will be in different places than you are used to.

One prime example is the Program Files file structure. Throughout most versions of Windows, this file structure has remained largely untouched, with each program fitting neatly under the Program Files main folder in Windows Explorer.

That has changed somewhat in Windows 7, but the change is not really all that radical. When you install a program in Windows 7, you may see it in either the Program Files or Program Files(x86) section of Windows Explorer, depending on the type of program you installed.

To find your Program Files and Program Files(x86) folders, just follow these steps.
1. Right-click on the My Computer icon and choose Open
2. Double-click your hard drive, generally the C drive
3. Look for the Program Files and Program Files(x86) folder
4. Double-click each folder and look it its contents
5. Locate the program you want to see

If you are new to Windows 7, it is important to remember that your programs could be in either the Program Files or Program Files(x86) folder


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