3 different "Program Files" noted under C-drive,why?

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s246

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When I go to start, click on "computer" then click on "C" drive I notice that there are 3 different program files, labelled slightly differently: "Program Files", "Program Files (x86)" & "PROGRAM FILES (X86) (X86)".

The file labelled: "PROGRAM FILES (X86) (X86)"
when I click on it, it has 1 file labelled "Dell V310-V510 Series", I no longer have that printer but when I try to delete the file I get a message of: "this action can't be completed because the file or a folder is open in another program". The only thing I can think of is that there is 1 folder labelled "wireless", can I move that file to the "Program Files (x86)" folder without confusing my system as I do use this laptop for wireless printing & internet service? I do not see any other file that looks like it might be used with another program.

Do I need to have both a "Program Files", "Program Files (x86)"? Can I not move all the files from one into the other? If not, please enlighten me as to why both Program Files must be kept.
Thank any & all in advance that are willing to educate/advise me about this issue.

--Susie
 

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You probably have a 64-bit system, and Program Files contains the 64-bit programs while Program files (X86) contain the 32-bit programs. This is normal and you do not want to mess with these folders.

I have no idea about that third folder.
 
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