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Why applications in “Program Files” don't need admin rights?

On Windows, we need the administrator permissions to modify anything in Program Files, right ? And you all agree that almost every program in there needs to have some configurations or save files on ...
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How to compute program size?

I'd like to have a reasonable computation of how much diskspace a certain program uses. Like so: // Fiction $ aptitude size -h latex folder1 250MB folder2 15MB ---------------- total ...
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How can I change the file name of the Program Files (x86) folder? [duplicate]

Let me stop you before the "you shouldn't do that" and "you will corrupt your file paths". I know what I'm doing, but I'll give you the story to convince you. Basically, my hard drive is failing to ...
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How can we discover what programming language was used to make a software?

How can we discover what programming language a software was written in? For example: Office, Photoshop or any other application and their corresponding languages (C#, Java or ...). Does anyone know?
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Import .reg files from old HDD to the new one

Is there some way to import registry (acces through "regedit") to new HDD from the old one? i don't want to instal all the applications again, i've just move files from older "Program Files" to the ...
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Best approach to change the Program Files directory

I am about to reinstall windows 8.1 on my laptop and have 1 SSD and 1 HDD. My idea is to install Windows on the SSD and configure it to set the default program files directory to the HDD. However I'd ...
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Website Lock for Windows

Is there a way/hack/software to lock a domain (not just the main page but the whole domain. e.g. Not just superuser.com but also superuser.com/questions/ask and everything else.) in Windows 8 with a ...
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How to edit .STRING files

I'm having trouble finding any results on how to open .string files. I get a lot about programming strings and .strings files but unfortunately they have nothing to do with what I need. It's a binary ...
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Windows 32x64 custom Program files folder

I am running Windows(8.1) 32 bit and I have my disc partitioned to several logical discs. 1 for OS, 1 for data and 1 for applications. Haven't been able to find answer to my question: Can I do the ...
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List all installed software without booting into the OS

We know how to get the list of software installed from an instance of an operating system. My windows is unbootable. No safe mode. I want to get the list of installed software so that I can wipe and ...
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this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action

I start up my mother in laws computer and she has not start menu no icons nothing. I can acess task manager and commpand prompt. She thinks she has gotten a virus where it has hidden everything as ...
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How do I stop this from happening? [closed]

About 1 and a half years I bought an Acer aspire 5750 with windows 7. I decided to delete/uninstall all programs I did not see I was going to use. I came across something called "trend micro" which ...
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Changing a program executable filename [duplicate]

For certain reasons (another program interferes with processes matching *.exe), I need to rename an executable to foo.exe. How can I do this while retaining references, shortcuts, file associations, ...
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Program is still loading at startup even after uninstalling

Dell installs a program on the machines I purchase from them called Dell Backup and Recovery Manager. I immediately uninstall this program from my new machines as I use a different method for my ...
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How to figure out which files, libraries a program needs in windows?

I have a Windows program X. How can figure out which libraries, files ...etc are used by X? So if any of these files are deleted from my Windows then X will not run without errors.
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windows file somehow has two versions user and Administrator

I recently resolved a problem related to Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8 Pro somehow keeping two versions of a configuration file under 'Program Files'. I found editing a config file as my user ...
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Has anyone gone through relocating the %ProgramFiles% directory, and can comment on the process / pro/con's?

There are many questions on this SE subsite that ask if it is possible/how. I have commented on some of them that suggest changing the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProgramFilesDir ...
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Missing programs shortcut from “All programs”

When I go to Start -> All Programs I cant all of the shortcuts. I have tried, to costumise "everything" on properties in start menu (like search other files and libraries). Also in ...
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Some installed programs not showing to other windows users

Ok I have windows 7 installed and have 3 users Admin {with admin rights} User1 {with normal rights} User2 {with admin rights} I had logged into Admin when I installed Xampp, and User2 was not ...
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How to delete “Program Files (x86)” folder after windows login

I need to delete Program Files (x86) folder. I can't delete it because some dll files cannot be deleted. One of the first of them is "common/.../dao360.dll" I am following this tutorial: ...
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Can I simply cut and paste a programs' folder onto another internal HDD and still be able to run the program?

I have two internal hard drives in my computer. A 120 GB Samsung 840 SSD and a Western Digital Blue 1 TB hard drive. I have a few games installed on the SSD and I was curious if moving the games onto ...
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Procedure of Viz trio file triggers vlc

I want to run vlc player automatically when I start running a file of Viz trio of Vizrt. Please tell me the programme.
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Add/Remove programs interface not accurate?

I installed dBpoweramp long time ago but it's only now that I noticed it's using 16GB of space (or as the Win7 Add/Remove programs interface says so). I checked the installation folder of dBpoweramp ...
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Can I have a view that merges my Program Files (x86) and Program Files?

Sometimes I need to browse to find an installed application, but I often forgot whether they are installed in "Program Files (x86)" or "Program Files". Is there a trick where I can see the merged view ...
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Cannot find the program file directory for Civilization IV

I did a thorough search of Program Files, Program Files (x86), and AppData, and couldn't find the program file directory for Civilization IV. Here's where it gets weird. All of the shortcuts to the ...
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Merged program files and program files (86) in windows 7

My windows 7 Program Files and Program (x86) files were merged. My computer is still working but not properly. I've tried System restore from and earlier time but it has not improved. Is there ...
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Command Prompt Unable to go to particular folder

Actually I want to go to folder Microsoft Office in Program Files through my command prompt. But When I go to the Program Files, cmd prompt shows me only two choices viz. "Windows Alerter" and ...
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Can't remove a program after deleting its files without running uninstaller

Instead of using a built in installer of a program, I went and deleted the program files of that program (used the recycle bin); it was removed from the control panel after I checked to uninstall ...
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Best practice for installing small programs without installers on Windows?

On the Windows platform, most large applications come with their own installer which sets up folders under C:\Program Files, possibly some other places, and perhaps adding some registry keys, etc. ...
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How to determine where programs are currently installed Windows 7

I have a computer running windows 7, with 4 HDDs of various sizes. I've been pursuing a steady upgrade path, where each HDD is large enough to store a previous two. My issue is, I want to know if one ...
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Error removing Microsoft.Net Framework 4

I am having issues removing Microsoft.Net. I recently upgraded to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 and by doing so a few of my files have been changed and/or needed upgrading. I currently have ...
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How to make Windows 7 use a different name for the Program Files folder?

How can I properly rename the Program Files folder in Windows 7? That is, not simply rename the directory and create symlinks, but make Windows itself see the location of installed programs as ...
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 alternative Programs directory

I have a PC with multiple hard drives. One is for the Windows installation (C:), one which I would like to use to install ALL programs (D:), and the rest for data (E:, F:, G:, ...). I want to move the ...
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Can I install all my applications on D drive?

I want to install my applications not on C but on D drive. Reason - after reinstalling Windows, I don't want to reinstall all the applications again. But, I'm not sure is there any issue about this ...
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Install Windows 8 on SSD and Program & Users on HDD

I have been dealing with a few problems while installing Windows 8 on my computer. On my old configuration, I had Windows 7 installed on my 60 GB SSD, and my programs and user data on my 1TB HDD, ...
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On Windows 7, how to check that applications are in the correct Program Files directory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to check if a binary is 32 or 64 bit on Windows? In Windows 7, applications should be installed to "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)" depending on whether they ...
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Incomplete install location

So, there's a major beef that I have with windows and their stupid updates. I know they're helpful and all, but every time I restart my computer after installing an update there's 5 more waiting.... ...
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Windows 7 installation on SSD - space issue

I have just bought my new Lenovo Ideapad Y580 which has a 32 GB SSD (drive C:) and a 750 GB Hard disk (drive D:). Windows 7 came installed on the SSD (drive C:) of course. I started making ...
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Why does 64-bit Windows need a separate “Program Files (x86)” folder?

I know that on a 64-bit version of Windows the "Program Files" folder is for 64-bit programs and the "Program Files (x86)" folder is for 32-bit programs, but why is this even necessary? By ...
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What are the disadvantages of removing the application directories instead of using uninstallers?

Uninstalling a lot of stuff at the same time takes too long. If I just remove the directory, it will probably leave some registry records and what else?
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How do I rename my old Program Files folder?

I installed a new SSD as my boot drive (C:), installed a fresh version of Windows 7 64-bit, and kept my existing SATA drive in the system (D:). I want to keep using my D: drive for file storage (no ...
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is it possible to install matlab on an external hdd and use it with any computer?

I'm looking for a portable solution to using matlab on any computer.I tried to install matlab on the hdd and found that it wouldn't work on other computers. What can I do to make it work? Is it even ...
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Windows 7 programs corruption

Some of the software like iTunes, real player, Google earth is missing from my computer. Desktop short cut remains same, but the actual program files content is either missing or not opening from the ...
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Changing default install path in Windows 7

I'm trying to change the default install path in Windows 7 Pro x64. I'm in the Registry Editor and in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion key. I know I need to change ...
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Why can't I edit a “Program Files” file on Windows 7?

I'm having trouble editing this file on Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\CMake 2.8.7\share\cmake-2.8\Modules\FindJNI.cmake If I edit it in Cygwin (vi) or TextPad, those two programs see the ...
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How to copy all programs from one Windows PC to another?

Short version I have computer A with Windows 7 with all the programs, I need to copy program X, Y and Z (with all the settings) to computer B (with Windows 7 installed). How can I do this? So far, I ...
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Program files issue

I have win7 installed in C: drive. I want to install new programs to D: drive and I just want to change c:\program files folder to d:\program files but when I change it manually during installation it ...
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Problem with running different programs the Start - Run menu

When I try to run Chrome via Start → Run → "chrome", I succeed. However, I fail when I'm trying to run the Beyond Compare program via Start → Run → "bcompare", as I saw the ...
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Why does Chrome install itself under user directory instead of Program files?

On Windows 7 (x64), Chrome is installed in: C:\Users\userid\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\ Is that better that Program Files? Is it a general best practice? I suppose it's good (and ...
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Moving Program Files directories onto different hard drives (Windows 7)

I've recently purchased a new SSD, on which I've installed Windows 7 (64-bit). I have already moved my 'Users' directory off the SSD, and onto a 1 TB HDD (which will be where the majority of my ...