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Windows 7: Problem: I can ONLY use 64Bit Browsers, not 32Bit ones.

08 May 2010   #1
TechCP

Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit)
 
 
Problem: I can ONLY use 64Bit Browsers, not 32Bit ones.

First off, here are my specs:



Now, I have absolutely no idea what happened. One day, I turned on my computer (Windows 7 Ultimate, x64) and all of the sudden, FireFox/Chrome/Opera wouldn't work. So, I tried IE... no success. However, Internet Explorer (64bit/no-addons) has worked and I used it to download "Namoroka," which is a 64-bit version of FireFox, which supports addons/extensions. I'm currently using it and everything works fine except for adobe flash player.

Other mentionable things are that some programs (if they're 32-bit) and windows update (mostly) cannot connect to receive updates. Also, whenever I use another browser, it doesn't say that it can't connect to the server -- it simply acts as if I have done nothing. For example, FF opens with a blank page as if I opened a new tab and whenever you strike "Enter," or click, "Go," it does absolutely nothing. :/

Help?


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09 May 2010   #2
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

3 things to try:

#1)
1. Go to start
2. In search box, type cmd , right click cmd.exe, and then click "Run as administrator"
3. Then type:

netsh winsock reset

4. Press enter
5. Restart PC

Hopefully that will fix it

Or

#2) Again open cmd prompt, and run as administrator. In the command prompt window, type

sfc /scannow

and hit Enter. Again, reboot.

Or

#3) You can try to boot from the Windows 7 DVD and run the repair function

A Guy
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10 May 2010   #3
TechCP

Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit)
 
 

The first one worked. I appreciate it, SO MUCH. Thank you. :)
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11 May 2010   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Great, glad I could help :)

A Guy
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06 Mar 2012   #5
5tratus

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

SO AWESOME! - I'd been faffing about for ages trying to figure this out.. I have no idea what that magical incantation you had me type (the first bit) was.. but it worked a treat and my non-64 bit browsers work again!

thanks!
5trat
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