64 or 32 bit

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    What's better to run, 64 or 32 bit WIndows 7 ultimate?
     
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    I have 64 bit installed now, but it has two "Program Files" folder on there.
    "Program Files" and Program Files (86). Everything installs to the (86) folder
     
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    I suppose, that second folder is for 32-bit applications or are you installing 64-bit applications and they get installed in that (86) folder?
     
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    Everything seems to install into the 32 bit folder by default
     
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    Even 64-bit applications?

    A simple search reveals what I assumed about those two folders, one folder for 64-bit applications, the other folder for 32-bit applications.
     
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    I have Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on my MacBook Pro. The two Program Folders are dedicated to either 32-bit apps or 64-bit apps. Many apps are built for 32-bit so a lot of them are going to install in the x86 programs directory.

    The only apps that I have in the dedicated 64-bit programs directory are ones that I have picked specifically to have as a 64-bit, such as:
    - Bonjour (I believe from picking the 64-bit iTunes installer)
    - Boot Camp drivers
    - Paint.Net
    - Certain components of Office 2010

    Because I have 64-bit Windows, I can't install older 16-bit games so I either use DOSBox for DOS-based games or a Windows 98 virtual machine for Win9x games.
     
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