How to make IE x64 the default browser?

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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Now that a 64 bit Flash player is available, I'd like my Windows 7 x64
machine to use IE x64 by default instead of IE x86. The "Default
Programs" utility just shows IE without specification or choice. Does
anyone know how to make Windows open IE x64 when I click on a link?
 
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Evan Platt

Now that a 64 bit Flash player is available, I'd like my Windows 7 x64
machine to use IE x64 by default instead of IE x86. The "Default
Programs" utility just shows IE without specification or choice. Does
anyone know how to make Windows open IE x64 when I click on a link?
From within IE, Tools, Internet Options, Programs, "Make Default"?
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Evan.
From within IE, Tools, Internet Options, Programs, "Make Default"?
When I do that, the Programs tab STILL says, under "Default web browser":
"Internet Explorer (64-bit) cannot be the default browser."

We've discussed this (here?) many times and the conclusion has always been
that we mere mortals cannot change the default from the 32-bit IE, even in
IE9.

My (human) memory tells me that I DID successfully change it long ago, but
I've lost the secret and haven't been able to find it again. I THINK it was
an entry in the Registry where I changed the path to the executable from
"Program Files (x86)" to "Program Files", but I haven't found that
location - and maybe I misremembered it. :>(

If you find a way, please let us all know!

RC
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R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


"Evan Platt" wrote in message

Now that a 64 bit Flash player is available, I'd like my Windows 7 x64
machine to use IE x64 by default instead of IE x86. The "Default
Programs" utility just shows IE without specification or choice. Does
anyone know how to make Windows open IE x64 when I click on a link?
From within IE, Tools, Internet Options, Programs, "Make Default"?
 
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Evan Platt

Hi, Evan.


When I do that, the Programs tab STILL says, under "Default web browser":
"Internet Explorer (64-bit) cannot be the default browser."

We've discussed this (here?) many times and the conclusion has always been
that we mere mortals cannot change the default from the 32-bit IE, even in
IE9.

My (human) memory tells me that I DID successfully change it long ago, but
I've lost the secret and haven't been able to find it again. I THINK it was
an entry in the Registry where I changed the path to the executable from
"Program Files (x86)" to "Program Files", but I haven't found that
location - and maybe I misremembered it. :>(

If you find a way, please let us all know!

RC
How about:

You can change the program windows uses by default to open with
different file extensions.
Here is how:
a. Click on Start and go to Default Programs.
b. Click on Associate a file type or protocol always open in a
specific program.
c. Browse to all the extensions where internet explorer is set as
default and then click onchange.
d. Now Click on browse and then go to location C:\Program
Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe and select it.
e. Click Ok and then Close.
f. Click Save.
 
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XS11E

Dave \"Crash\" Dummy said:
Now that a 64 bit Flash player is available, I'd like my Windows 7
x64 machine to use IE x64 by default instead of IE x86.
I see you've been answered but I'm wondering why you'd want to? AFAIK
it doesn't make any difference which browser is used, does it?
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

XS11E said:
I see you've been answered but I'm wondering why you'd want to? AFAIK
it doesn't make any difference which browser is used, does it?
No real reason. Because I don't like being told I can't. :)
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I see you've been answered but I'm wondering why you'd want to? AFAIK
it doesn't make any difference which browser is used, does it?
He seems to wish to run the 64-bit version of Flash, which I imagine
won't run under 32-bit IE.

Like you, I'm not sure it matters much.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

He seems to wish to run the 64-bit version of Flash, which I imagine
won't run under 32-bit IE.

Like you, I'm not sure it matters much.
And now that I have refreshed my headers, I just saw Crash's reply...

Obviously he's a true scientist - or just stubborn :)
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Gene said:
He seems to wish to run the 64-bit version of Flash, which I imagine
won't run under 32-bit IE.
I don't know if that is true, or not, but the latest Flash runs in
either of my IE browsers. Only one Flash is shown in my Programs and
Features list, the 64 bit version. So either the 64 bit Flash
installation also includes a 32 bit version or the 64 bit Flash runs in
the 32 bit IE (not likely).
Like you, I'm not sure it matters much.
It only matters because I have had conflicts in the past when using script.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I don't know if that is true, or not, but the latest Flash runs in
either of my IE browsers. Only one Flash is shown in my Programs and
Features list, the 64 bit version. So either the 64 bit Flash
installation also includes a 32 bit version or the 64 bit Flash runs in
the 32 bit IE (not likely).


It only matters because I have had conflicts in the past when using script.
Looks like it does matter, then.

Thanks for the info.
 
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richard

From within IE, Tools, Internet Options, Programs, "Make Default"?
bwaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaahahahaha
I'm gonna let you bury yourself here.
As you found out, there are many more intelligent people here than in
24hshd.
 
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Evan Platt

bwaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaahahahaha
I'm gonna let you bury yourself here.
As you found out, there are many more intelligent people here than in
24hshd.
bullis, you seriously need to STFU.

You are the laughing stock of every newsgroup you set foot in.

You claimed men have more ribs than women.

You stated Dubai is in Africa.

You stated "40 times 3.2 = 120.8."
(For the non believers that no one can be THAT stupid,
Message-ID: <a8byt1t5hy1i$.kd8ln73c9bx9$.dlg@40tude.net> )

Richard, quit while you're ahead before I bury you.

Your stupidity is known the world over.
 
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richard

bullis, you seriously need to STFU.

You are the laughing stock of every newsgroup you set foot in.

You claimed men have more ribs than women.

You stated Dubai is in Africa.

You stated "40 times 3.2 = 120.8."
(For the non believers that no one can be THAT stupid,
Message-ID: <a8byt1t5hy1i$.kd8ln73c9bx9$.dlg@40tude.net> )

Richard, quit while you're ahead before I bury you.

Your stupidity is known the world over.
Evan Platt is a known stalker and troll.
He was recently displaced from his IT job because he spent most of the time
on the job harassing me and others.
Platt should be totally ignored. Or better, killfiled.
 
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Evan Platt

Evan Platt is a known stalker and troll.
richard bullis, you really should quit while you're ahead. You're the
know stalker and troll. You have posted my home and work address
before, threatened to come out to my work and beat me up. You live
alone in an RV and travel from motel to motel because you have no
friends, no family, and likely do illegal activities and want to stay
away from the police. You defend pedophiles. You wear dentures, and
probably depends. No one likes you, you have no computer or legal
knowledge yet you give advice in computer groups and legal groups that
is 100% wrong.
He was recently displaced from his IT job because he spent most of the time
on the job harassing me and others.
You don't learn or listen, do you bullis? No. My company's main
contract was with Sun Microsystems as the WiFi provider for their
campuses worldwide. With the Oracle purchase, Oracle decided to handle
it themselves. We lost the contract, and half of our company was let
go. The other half (US Ops) was let go less than 6 months later.
There's now I believe 2 US people, the rest is overseas. And you know
what, it was a change for the better for me. I'm now working for a
company that's #1 in what we do, better benefits, better chance for
advancement, and hey, I get to see some of the coolest technology
months before it's even discussed in public.
Platt should be totally ignored. Or better, killfiled.
The only reason bullis isn't killfiled is because his advice is often
dangerous.
 
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Evan Platt

How about:

You can change the program windows uses by default to open with
different file extensions.
Here is how:
a. Click on Start and go to Default Programs.
b. Click on Associate a file type or protocol always open in a
specific program.
c. Browse to all the extensions where internet explorer is set as
default and then click onchange.
d. Now Click on browse and then go to location C:\Program
Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe and select it.
e. Click Ok and then Close.
f. Click Save.
I tried this on 2 lab machines at work, and this worked on both of
them.
 
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Jeff Layman

I tried this on 2 lab machines at work, and this worked on both of
them.
Have you checked in Help | About Internet Explorer that it is the 64 bit
version running? If it doesn't say "64 bit edition" after the version
number it's the 32-bit version running. Even though you've apparently
changed the default program to the 64-bit iexplore.exe, Win7 will
default to the 32-bit version.
 
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Evan Platt

Have you checked in Help | About Internet Explorer that it is the 64 bit
version running? If it doesn't say "64 bit edition" after the version
number it's the 32-bit version running. Even though you've apparently
changed the default program to the 64-bit iexplore.exe, Win7 will
default to the 32-bit version.
I'll confirm today at work.

I'm wondering, if it doesn't work, as a last resort, could you copy
the iexplore.exe from C:\program files to the x86 program files
directory?
 
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Jeff Layman

I'll confirm today at work.

I'm wondering, if it doesn't work, as a last resort, could you copy
the iexplore.exe from C:\program files to the x86 program files
directory?
I've also wondered about that. Firstly, I'm not sure that even with all
permissions Win7 would allow you to rename or move 32-bit iexplore.exe
out of the Program Files (x86) folder. Would it then allow you to copy
64-bit iexplore.exe to that folder?

If not, you should be able to do it with a linux live CD which can
read/write to NTFS partitions.
 
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Evan Platt

Have you checked in Help | About Internet Explorer that it is the 64 bit
version running? If it doesn't say "64 bit edition" after the version
number it's the 32-bit version running. Even though you've apparently
changed the default program to the 64-bit iexplore.exe, Win7 will
default to the 32-bit version.
You were right. It was 32 bit.

I have found a solution - confirmed - that worked for me. You need to
first edit the security properties of \program files (x86)\internet
explorer\iexplorer.exe . Make yourself the owner of the file. Rename
the file to anything - 32explorer.exe. Then, copy the iexplorer.exe
from C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer. Now, anytime explorer is
called, it will run the 64 bit version.
 

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