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Windows 7: Download IE9 32 or 64 bit?

24 Mar 2011   #1
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Download IE9 32 or 64 bit?

My OS is Win7 Ultimate 64 bit. But I am thinking of downloading IE9 32 bit.

If I do that will it cause some kind of problem?

Thank you.


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24 Mar 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem. You should run the 32bit because the 64bit is a lot slower.
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24 Mar 2011   #3
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for replying whs.

Here is a link to an article I have been reading. I am thinking of following its instructions. What do you think?

Tip: Installeer 32-bits Internet Explorer 9 op 64-bits Windows 7 Clicko Tips & Trucs
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24 Mar 2011   #4
Littlemutt

Vista HP / Win7 RC build 7100
 
 

Your using x64 Windows, so when you download you will get 64bit and 32 bit. 32bit is set as system default once installed. Nothing says you have to use 64bit without specifically starting it.
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24 Mar 2011   #5
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

yeah, do NOT follow that "tip" it's completely unnecesary. As Littlemutt said, install the "64bit" version. It will install the 64 and 32 bit version and 32 bit is set as default and will always run from any angle you might launch it at. You have to go out of your way to run the 64 bit version.
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24 Mar 2011   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You would use the same 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) IE9 download as your currently installed 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows.
  • The 64-bit IE9 download will have both the 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) IE9 included to be installed only on a 64-bit Windows.
  • The 32-bit IE9 download will only have both the 32-bit (x86) IE9 to be installed only on a 32-bit Windows.
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24 Mar 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just installed IE9 from here ( Internet Explorer - Microsoft Windows ) and automatically ended up with the 32bit version on several 64bit systems. No need to do anything special.
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25 Mar 2011   #8
C32C3

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Many thanks for all the replies.

I was talking with a work colleague today about my decision to install the 32bit IE9 and he couldn't understand why I would want to do that since I am running a 64bit OS. To be honest I haven't an answer. I could only try to parrot what I have heard online.

It does seem logical that you would use a 64bit browser on a 64bit system.
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25 Mar 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Simple reason - the 64bit IE9 is a lot slower than the 32bit IE9 because they run on different engines. Read the comparison article here: Interesting browser comparison
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25 Mar 2011   #10
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Well it's like office 64bit mostly.

The program runs but it's the third party plugins that don't work yet, so most people get stuck using the 32 bit version because of a plugin they need. For IE of course you need all kinds of things like Flash still and you would need to get 64 bit versions of all those. (There is a 64 bit flash out, but not for many others)

In the case of IE it's a little worse though, IE 64bit is still using some older sub components (The JS engine I believe, maybe others) that are very slow compared to the much faster, newer ones shipping with IE9 32 bit. So in this case, it's MSs software itself that is using old and un updated components in the 64 bit version that is holding things back even without the plugin comptibility issues...
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