Q: I have Windows 7 64-bit and need to use Internet Explorer 32-bit This thread is locked from future replies

I just bought a laptop computer w/ windows 7 64 bit.  In order to play the games on facebook, I guess I need 32-bit in order to download flash player 10.Can someone help me? 



The bulk of this KB article pertains to Windows 7, too:


     • A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista: 


If it's a Win7 64-bit computer, you have two versions of Internet Explorer: IE 32-bit (the default) and IE 64-bit (cannot be the default). Shortcuts to both should be listed in your Start menu.


You should familiarize yourself with this FAQ: 


Also see:



If you upgrade to IE9 (or if IE9 came preinstalled on your computer when you bought it), you have IE9 32-bit & IE9 64-bit. If you uninstall Windows Internet Explorer 9, IE8 will be restored automatically.


    • How do I uninstall IE9?


The following is based on a related post by my MVP colleague Don Varnau regarding Flash & IE8 32-bit:

The executable for IE8 32-bit is located here:


  •  C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe


The executable for IE8 64-bit is located here:


  •  C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe


Browse to the proper Program Files folder and create a shortcut to that version of iexplore.exe


When you right-click the IE icons in the Quick Launch area, the Start Menu and the desktop then choose Properties, what's in the Target field?


(From an earlier post by Peter Csaszar...)


To create a shortcut to IE8 64-bit for occasional use, browse to the iexplore.exe file at C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe. Right-click iexplore.exe and select Send To | Desktop (create shortcut). Rename that shortcut so you know it's the shortcut to IE8 64-bit.


To verify that IE8 32-bit is the default, try this link When the browser opens look at Help | About Internet Explorer. If there's no mention of 64-bit, the 32-bit version is the default. If you've disabled the Menu bar, you will have to right-click the IE toolbar and put a check by Menu Bar to have Help available (or just press ALT to make enable Menu bar temporarily).


Welcome to the wonderful world of Windows 64-bit!




About Java & Windows 64-bit computers =>


About Flash Player & Windows 64-bit computers =>



[Last Revised - 09 December 2013, 20:22 UTC]

~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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