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Okay, so I have a fresh install of Windows XP 64-bit (using VirtualBox), and I want to install IE-7. Seems simple enough.

Step 1:

I go to the official Microsoft download page and download IE-7 for 64-bit (which seems to be equivalent to IE-7 for Windows Server 2003):

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Step 2: I download the exe installation file.

Step 3: I run the installer and it installs IE-7,

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...and then prompts me for a restart, so I restart.

Step 4: After restarting, I load up IE from the Start Menu:


enter image description here's still IE-6.

So, what exactly am I doing wrong here? I'm not getting any error, or anything. The installation seems to be successful, but after restart I still have IE-6.

So, what am I doing incorrectly here?

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Is the IE7 64-bit listed anywhere (else) in your Start Menu? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 15 '13 at 20:45
@techie007, no Start Menu only says Internet Explorer (64-bit), which is IE-6 – Channel72 May 15 '13 at 20:47
Which service pack are you on? – Tanner Faulkner May 15 '13 at 20:59
@Tanner, I'm using Service Pack 2 – Channel72 May 15 '13 at 22:13

Ok, judging by the screen shot you posted, it looks like you grabbed the wrong version.

In your shot it says: "For: Windows Server 2003 64-bit", which is what you get when you pick "Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Server 2003 IA64", which is for 64-bit Itanium CPUs, which you most likely do not have. :)

Instead, on that download page click "Change systems" and try choosing "Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows 64 bit Client/Server", which will then display "For: Windows Server 2003 64-bit and more...", which I would suspect is the version geared for "regular" 64-bit CPUs and OS's ("x64/amd64"):

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More info from SU: Difference between ia64 and x64

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I don't think Windows Server 2003 64-bit is the same as Windows Server 2003 IA64. If you select Windows 64bit Client/Server and click Next, then it refers to your selection as Windows Server 2003 64-bit. Regardless, the file I downloaded was IE7-WindowsServer2003-x64-enu.exe, which is not IE7-WindowsServer2003-ia64-enu.exe – Channel72 May 15 '13 at 21:56
the and more text doesn't appear on IE-6 for whatever bizarre reason, but regardless the actual file I am downloading is IE7-WindowsServer2003-x64-enu.exe and NOT IE7-WindowsServer2003-ia64-enu.exe – Channel72 May 15 '13 at 22:14
Bizarre for sure. :/ Hopefully someone else has some ideas. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 15 '13 at 23:25

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