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Windows 7 Clean Install has Program Files (x86)

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My son just did a clean install of Windows 7. After the install, there is are both c:\program files and c:\program files (x86). I went to look into this via searching on "Windows 7 program files (x86)" and found a lot of dialog. Basically about 32-bit and 64-bit. However, it was confusing. It seemed to talk about installing on top of Vista, etc.

He did a clean install, and not on top of anything.

Is it best to just leave everything alone? Many people seemed to ask about deleting the 32-bit x86 stuff, but others said you need it because some things (Flash was mentioned) are 32-bit only.

Or could the 32-bit (x86) directory be removed?
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No, it is fine, if you installed a 64bit version of Windows..... It is needed for apps that are not natively 64bit.....
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More light readin from MS....

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/programs-files-vs-program-files-x86/7d631676-e688-472a-a1bb-eefccfeca6d7

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"it is fine". I am assuming you mean "just leave it alone", although being "fine" could mean "fine to keep or fine to delete". Not trying to split hairs, just understand what you mean.

That page was the first one I found. Confusing, so I came to e-e to ask for a clear answer.
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Seems the definitive answer.
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