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I know this is a simple question, but I am having trouble finding a clear answer. Is IE 32-bit by default even if you're running a 64-bit Windows OS? It seems that that is the case, even on Windows 8, but I can't find a clear message that states just that.

The problem is that I am refactoring a webpage embedded VPN ActiveX control, and need to decide if I need to use an entirely different technology or not.

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, gronostaj, Tog, Mokubai, Nifle Aug 13 '13 at 12:15

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Short answer, "Yes, it's still the default". But in reality, your question is off-topic, as it is dependant on a time-frame ("still" may not be accurate in a couple years), you're basically asking for product information, and there's no actual problem presented, so I'm voting got close. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 9 '13 at 17:40
The problem presented is that jumpdart doesn't know if 32-bit IE is the default on Windows 8 x64. Since it's a reasonably-scoped question about computer software which can be answered definitively, it is on-topic. – rob Aug 9 '13 at 18:15
I did reword it a bit to make it sound a little more legitimate – jumpdart Aug 9 '13 at 18:19
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Yes, it is 32 bit by default for plugin compatibility reasons. Per comment by Microsoft:

On 64-bit Windows 8, the browser frame process (both “modern UI” and Desktop) runs 64-bit. However, for compatibility with plug-ins, IE 10 on the desktop runs 32-bit tabs by default. If the user turns on “Enhanced Protected Mode” in Internet Options, Advanced; they will have 64-bit tabs by default for IE 10 on the Desktop.


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