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Windows 7: my 32 bit disappeared

04 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
my 32 bit disappeared

When I bought my Gateway computer several years ago, it came with Windows 7 Home Premium already installed, which included a IE 32 bit and 64 bit icon. The 32 bit icon has mysteriously disappeared. Is it possible to get that back and do I really need to get it back. It appears that most programs are running fine except one game and the screen went black in mid game about the same time the 32 bit icon disappeared. I don't know if they're related or just coincidence. Help would be appreciated.

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04 Aug 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Open C:\ and go to Program Files (x86). There you open the Internet Explorer folder and look for the iexplore.exe (see picture). Right click on that and 'Create shortcut'. That shortcut will be on your desktop.

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04 Aug 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

Your specs say IE10, this may be useful to you,

Internet Explorer 10 - Enable 32-bit or 64-bit IE10 in Windows 7
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