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Windows 7: internet explorer, 2 versions on my desktop ?

27 Nov 2013   #1
stuartrozier

Windows 7 Home Pre 64bit
 
 
internet explorer, 2 versions on my desktop ?

Hello,

Ive had, for aslong as I can remember, despite the upgrades from ie9 to ie10, 2 versions of IE ...

What I mean is, in my system files,
I have 2 folders ...
one ... Program Files,
and a second ... Program Files 86 (86),

in both of these folders contains an Internet Explorer folder, with a version in each ...

if I open a program that requires the IE to open, it will sometimes open one, it'll sometimes open the other ...

for eg ... if I open the version in 'Program Files' ... it'll be without the Norton toolbar ...
if I open the version in Program Files (86)... Norton will be installed in this version ? ...

is this mean to be ?

Many thanks,

Stuart


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27 Nov 2013   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Stuart,

The 2 folder (program files) that you mentioned. first one (without x86) is for 32 bit programs. The other one is for 64 bit programs. IE is also available for both versions i.e. 32 and 64 bit in Win 7. This is normal.
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27 Nov 2013   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

All 64 bit versions of Windows will have a 32 bit and 64 bit version of Internet Explorer. The 32 bit version in "Program files(x86)" and the 64 bit version in "Program files". This is by design.
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27 Nov 2013   #4
stuartrozier

Windows 7 Home Pre 64bit
 
 

brilliant, thanks for both replies, has eased my mind - thought it was a dodgy install or something ... happy now.
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27 Nov 2013   #5
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

The 32 bit version is the default so any program or link that launches IE will launch the 32 bit version. If you look though your start menu you will see the two of them listed. I don't remember exactly where, maybe under all programs or accessories. I'm on my Windows 8 PC.
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27 Nov 2013   #6
NortonSupport

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stuartrozier View Post
Hello,

Ive had, for aslong as I can remember, despite the upgrades from ie9 to ie10, 2 versions of IE ...

What I mean is, in my system files,
I have 2 folders ...
one ... Program Files,
and a second ... Program Files 86 (86),

in both of these folders contains an Internet Explorer folder, with a version in each ...

if I open a program that requires the IE to open, it will sometimes open one, it'll sometimes open the other ...

for eg ... if I open the version in 'Program Files' ... it'll be without the Norton toolbar ...
if I open the version in Program Files (86)... Norton will be installed in this version ? ...

is this mean to be ?

Many thanks,

Stuart
Hello,

I am Vineeth and I am from the Norton Support team.

As Archer said, you have a 32 bit Internet Explorer and 64 bit Internet Explorer. Norton Toolbar is compatible only with the 2 bit version of Internet Explorer. That is the reason why you don't see the Norton Toolbar in the 64 bit version of IE.

Let me know if that helps!

Thanks!

Vineeth
Norton Support
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27 Nov 2013   #7
techtitan100

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

If you are running IE10 or 11, you will not have 2 different versions of Internet Explorer in the start menu, this only applies to IE8 and IE9
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27 Nov 2013   #8
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I'll just have to take your word for that, all my PC's are running Windows 8 now.
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01 Dec 2013   #9
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Indeed IE10 or IE11 do not show 2 different versions in the start menu. There are still IE folders in both Program Files, and Program Files (x86). A Guy
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