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Is there a rule that only programs with installers go into C:\Program Files?

Is there a rule that only programs with installers go into C:\Program Files?

In another question today, RBerteig mentioned that he/she always tried

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Guest [Entry]

This is only done by convention. If you are working as normal user there is additional reason why writing to it trough installer is practical. That folder is read-only for standard users and writable only by administrators. Installer usually runs with administrative privileges.
Guest [Entry]

"That is not a rule.

Personally, I divide programs into Program files and Program files2 (imaginitive, I know :) into which come programs which (installer or not) have all their settings in their directories, so I know what program directories I need to go through to backup them."