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misha256 has done a good job of explaining the situation but, you've specifically asked why they decided to make two program files directories. The reason for that is because this design makes distribution of software which targets both systems easier. Since there are two directories for program files an application may install 32bit binaries and 64 bit ...


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In a nutshell: The install folder doesn't make a difference 32-bit programs can be installed into, and work just fine, in either Program Files or Program Files (x86) 64-bit programs can be installed into, and work just fine, in either Program Files or Program Files (x86) 64-bit isn't the same as 64-bit compatible Some software that is pure 32-bit is ...


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32-bit Windows (x86) is installed on 32-bit UEFI. 64-bit Windows (x64) is installed on 64-bit UEFI. This is part of the UEFI specification, which dictates that the underlying firmware match the OS runtime (easier for firmware interfaces).


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If you've got a disk in the drive, and it's mounted (maybe automatically mounted at boot) then anything that searches the filesystem (backup prog, indexer, antivirus - could be there even on linux) could search the drive & spin it up. If you're not using it at all why not take out the disk? If it still makes "spin up" noises with no disk in it, I think ...


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Access the BIOS on boot up You can access the "basic" bios by holding volume down while pressing the power button when the tablet is off (not sleep, but actually shut down).. Hold the volume down until the bios screen appears Go to the Boot menu in BIOS Go to the boot devices. My USB drive was listed but listed last. You'll need to select each item and ...


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It sounds like the program (matlab) is a 64bit version and is using the 32bit JRE (Java Runtime Environment). This means that the MATLAB_JAVA environment variable is pointig to the wrong JRE path or is not set. HINT: You can set or edit an environment variable by following these instructions (but use the values in this answer post): ...


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I currently run Windows 8 (32 bit) and am building a pretty nice new gaming rig: i5, GTX970, 8GB of RAM, etc. However, instead of dropping money on the 64-bit version of Windows 8, I'm considering just waiting for Windows 10 to release next year. From what I understand, I should be able to just move my current HDD to the new PC, update some drivers, and be ...


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For starters, You will not be able to utilize the 8GB RAM. 32bit Operating Systems currently limit RAM allocation to 4GB. The most RAM you will have available is 4GB, less for shared memory resources for hardware devices. For programs, the most available is a 2GB limit per program unless if it has the support for /LARGEADDRESSAWARE. (cf: ...



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