Running IE8 32 bit on Windows 7 64 bit ... possible?
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Windows 7 64-bit comes out-of-the-box with Internet Explorer 8 in both 32-bit and 64-bit. Unless you explicitly launch IE8 64-bit, you're probably running the 32-bit version.
By default, IE8 32-bit automatically runs when you start the browser from any one of the following locations:
If you want to see which version is currently running, check the Help -> About Internet Explorer window. The 64-bit version will note that it's the 64-bit version.
The main difference between the two is that IE8 64-bit only runs native 64-bit ActiveX controls, and IE8 32-bit only runs native 32-bit ActiveX controls. This means that plugins like Flash that are 32-bit will only work in the 32-bit Internet Explorer (see Adobe's KB on the subject).
protected by slhck Aug 3 '12 at 15:14
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