32 Bit IE9 vs 64 Bit IE9 That is the Question

Like most of you, I take it that a 64 bit version of anything will probably run better, faster, process quicker, than the 32 bit cousin. And if you are like me, you will install a 64 bit program on your OS thinking that it will be fine. Of course, if your OS is 64 bit, and your program is 32, it probably will install, but it your OS is 32 bit, your 64 bit program may run into some difficulty.

So getting to IE9 which is available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions. But installing it can be a problem. This is especially so if you are installing your 32 bit IE9 version on your 64 bit Windows 7 version. You may run into the problem that says, “This version of setup doesn’t support your Windows system type (32-bit/64-bit).” So now what do you do?

Microsoft’s Solution

So here is what Microsoft does to solve the problem, you download both. Actually you only download the 64 bit version. But you install the 32 bit version. How is that possible?

Here is what Microsoft has done. After you’ve installed the 64 bit version, if you look at your All Programs menu, you’ll see, right under Internet Explorer (64-bit) link another option which is “Internet Explorer,” and that’s the 32-bit version. So the 64 bit version is labeled as “Internet Explorer x64”, but the 32 bit version is labeled, “Internet Explorer.”

So if you need to run the 32 bit version, it is already there. So the question is, why did Microsoft pursue this strategy?

The 64 bit IE9 strategy

The main reason that Microsoft enacted this approach was because 64 bit computing is still not the standard. Even though parts of IE9 have 64 bit features, users may find it difficult to use with other applications. So Microsoft offered an approach that would limit the problems that users would have with the browser.

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10 Responses to 32 Bit IE9 vs 64 Bit IE9 That is the Question

  1. Jannie Kirsten March 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I think it’s silly…if Microsoft just decided to release EVERY program it has in only 64bit, people would have to upgrade to 64bit…and since most hardware these days supports 64bit computing and any hardware that doesn’t is waaaay too old in any case (and subsequently needs an upgrade in any case), we shouldn’t have a problem…Microsoft tried to stretch the whole 32/64 thing out way too long and it’s going to remain a massive stumbling block until they just decide to bite the bullet and fully drop 32bit support…Apple have smoothly transgressed the boundary and no longer offer any 32bit products…has anybody complained? No, in fact, nobody even noticed…

    • Brent March 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      Apple had a bunch of problems with their late and multi-step approach to 64bit. But it’s a poor comparison anyway. One thing MS takes seriously is backwards compatability and you can’t do that if you wholesale drop support for 32 bit. And we’re talking about a huge installed base of customers and applications.

  2. Guest March 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Here’s a queston: Has anybody gotten Adobe Flash to install properly on IE9 with W7/64? I’ve tried numerous times and it always seems to either not be supported or fail. Really annoying.

    • Doctorgreen79 March 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      I cannot get youtube videos to play in IE9 64 bit

  3. Jarrett Lennon Kaufman March 13, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    So in other words, they just repeated exactly how IE8 shipped in Windows Vista and 7. Nothing actually new has happened here.

  4. I Coole March 13, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    I didn’t have to load Adobe Flash for W7/64, it offered my the chance to download and install so I said ‘yes’.

  5. anonymous March 14, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Is anyone aware that 64-bit IE9 doesn’t have the newer faster Chakra Javascript engine? Only 32-bit IE9 has it. See here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/networking/chrome-10-vs-internet-explorer-9-reconsidered/792?pg=2

  6. Stu March 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    It has the the Chakra engine, it is missing the JIT compiler. Which in leyman terms means: IE9 x86 has been optimized with the JIT compiler and IE9 x64 has not. Considering that we’re still in a 32 bit browsing world (even on 64 bit systems) it’s not really that big of a deal right now. It will certainly be a big deal at some point in the future, but that time has not arrived yet.

    As for Microsoft at it’s x64 stance, that’s totally acceptable for the time being. It’s other software/hardware developers who must make the move for x64 to become a reality. Microsoft will certainly be a part of that transition, but a community effort is the only way we’ll ever see a 64 bit computing world. The technology has been there for ages, but the industry, as a whole, has been slow to adpot it. We’re seeing signs for the future, but we’re still a ways off. One of the reasons is legacy software and hardware. You have to consider things like Windows XP still being used on 2/3 of Windows based PC’s. That just a single example, but there are many that could be pointed out.

  7. Malphadour March 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    When Macs transitioned t o64 bit, firstly it caused a whole heap of problems, secondly nobody really cared because it is less than 5% of the market running less than 1% of the software that is out there. Microsoft have to cater for 90% of PCs runing about 97% of all the software out there – if they jsut forced 64 bit on people there would be several hundred million people with issues. Unfortunatly people who tout MAC as great never seem to take into consideration the fact that compatibility is far more important to most people than they realise. Its like peopel who tell their mayre to get a MAC coz they are really good and easy to use, oh and btw I wont mention that non of the software you already own will work on it….

  8. Fawziya1979 June 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    oh! men im innocent but not now!, everything is downloaded its human being way of understanding how does software works i thought having a computer  im the luckiest cauze i can search any uplied knowledge and get answers however many problems occur i cannot play you tube,  my computer needs update, update from viruses, windows and everthing just to work the computer profeciency my brain is confuse what is this? and then there where download with money the sad part is i dont have so i need to search trusted software to update any ideas????? make sure its free…..

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