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Setting 32-bit Internet Explorer 9 as default on 64-bit Windows 7

I recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on my desktop computer. As always, I installed all the OS updates. This process installed IE 9 on the computer. After doing some browsing, I realized that the 64-bit IE story is incomplete because of 2 reasons-

  1. Flash player doesn’t support 64 bit browsers.
  2. Silverlight player doesn’t support 64 bit browsers.

The quickest workaround is to use 32-bit internet explorer when you need Flash or Silverlight support. Essentially, you need to run iexplore.exe from “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer” to start 32-bit version of internet explorer. You can create a desktop shortcut for this as well.

But if you really want to make 32-bit IE as the default on the system, then you can use the following trick-

  1. Right click on the IE quick launch icon on the taskbar to open its context menu.
  2. Right click on the “Internet explorer” entry in the context menu that is above “Unpin this program from the taskbar”.
  3. Click on “Properties” to open the following UI-

4.   Change the target field such that it is “C:\Program Files(x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”.

5.   Click OK and viola!

Now 32 bit browser is set as default. Enjoy Flash and Silverlight. Remember to switch this to original setting once Flash and Silverlight support 64-bit browsers.

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