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Windows 7: 32-bit apps can't use internet, 64-bit apps can

10 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
32-bit apps can't use internet, 64-bit apps can

I am going to post my setup first:

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Completely Updated)
ISP: Comcast Cable
Modem: Motorola SURFboard 5101
Router: Linksys WRT300N (Latest Firmware)
Range Extender: Linksys WRE54G (Latest Firmware)

Question: I can browse the internet and do everything I need to do online, ONLY in Internet Explorer 64-bit. NO 32-bit apps will successfully use the net at all.

*I can ping any and everything under the sun.
*Absolutely nothing wrong with DNS.
*I've tried resetting the WinSock (netsh winsock reset), as well as all the other logical WinSock resets in Command Prompt.
*I've browsed multiple forums, to no avail.
*I've ran complete system scans with Avira and AVG, both Premium versions.

I have ran out of options. I've been working on PC's now for over 11 years, and I am stumped. It's not the first time, but I'm just clueless. Please help.

Some additional info:

1st) Google Chrome, IE 32-bit, Bittorrent, Firefox... ALL 32-bit internet-using-at-all apps can't access internet.

2nd) I've been running this same exact setup for a long time, and this problem arose last night. Out of nowhere.

3rd) Yes I have a software firewall, ZoneAlarm. Disabling or shutting it down doesn't make a difference.

4th) Anti-virus apps can't update.

5th) I don't even use IE at all, I was just trying to see if I could narrow it down to x86 or x64. It seems to be x86.

BTW, I keep a **constant** watchful eye on my posts, so I'm more than likely to answer fairly quickly until I get this problem straightened out.

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