I need to run the 32 bit version of Windows Internet Explorer 11 for a specific app. But my OS is 64 bit. How do I specifically do this? Is it even possible? Thank you!


Your OS, being a 64-bit system, is able to install and execute both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.

By default, Internet Explorer is executed using its 32-bit version.

Usually, the paths of Internet Explorer are:

  • 32-bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
  • 64-bit: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
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IE 11 is 64 bit framework, on Windows 7 64 bit if you dont enable Enhanced Protection Mode in Advanced Settings>Security it will always run in 32 bit mode

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    @DavidPostill: doesn't work for me. Unless that setting is changed, choosing "Internet Explorer (64-bit)" launches 32-bit IE. (Actually both a 64-bit process and a 32-bit process are running, but it seems to be the 32-bit one that I'm actually interacting with. For example, without turning on that option, I couldn't use the 64-bit Java plugin.) – Harry Johnston Mar 23 '16 at 22:55
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    ... and if I do turn on that setting, I get the 64-bit IE even if I launch the 32-bit one. – Harry Johnston Mar 23 '16 at 23:00

Win 7 uses the 32-bit version of IE by default. However, if you want to be absolutely sure, just create a shortcut and add C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe as the program to call.

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If you've executed "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" and still don't see 32-bit iexplore process in task manager, check your IE plugins. In my case there was iMacros 64-bit plugin installed. Somehow it prevented IE32 from running end started IE64 instead. After uninstalling the 64-bit plugin I was able to start IE32.

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