Why do I have two intances of Internet Explorer on my new Windows 7 computer?

david April 21, 2011
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When I left click on the windows icon in lower left, Internet Explorer (64 bit) appears in the abbreviated program list. But if I click for “all programs”, that AND a listing for Enternet Explorer without the (64 bit) in parenthesis shows up right below the 64 bit Explorer icon.

PC was shipped with Internet Explorer 8 and I upgraded to Internet Explorer 9, but I don’t know what is going on. Java also crashes a lot.

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  1. Dsch12
    April 27, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Is there any advantage to clicking on the 64 bit version when surfing?

    • Bruce Epper
      September 10, 2011 at 4:41 am

      If you want to surf with a minimal amount of add-ins for the browser, no flash, etc. you can just use the 64-bit version of IE.  Most toolbars and other crap that bloats IE beyond its initial bloat won't run in the 64-bit version.  This will make your browsing somewhat faster depending on how much extra crap is crammed into your 32-bit version of IE.

  2. Mike
    April 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    The 64bit edition of Windows 7 comes with both installation of Internet Explorer 8 (32 & 64bit) to guarantee maximum compatibility.

    Internet Explorer (64bit)
    Internet Explorer

    Actually, the second one ~ the 32bit version ~ is the default browser after installation since most Add-ons including Flashplayer weren't 64bit compatible when Windows 7 was released. When installing Internet Explorer 9 both versions are upgraded.

    As for your Java crashes I suggest to download the offline package and reinstall it.
    Java 6u24 (32bit)
    http://javadl.sun.com/webapps/download/AutoDL?BundleId=47363
    Java 6u24 (64bit)
    http://javadl.sun.com/webapps/download/AutoDL?BundleId=47155

    If you are using both browser versions you have to install both packages, otherwise Java will only work for the installed architecture.