IE8 X86 or X64 which is running in W7 Pro X64

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April 28, 2011 at 03:27:02
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
Running W7 Pro 64-bit using IE8.
I do not have any issues but would like to know which version, 32 or 64-bit, of IE8 is actually running?
I have both installed by default and understand that is normal. From the Start menu it runs fine, from the pinned shortcut it runs fine and from both prog folders it is running fine.
Once opened I can select Help > About but there is no indication which version is active, 32 or 64-bit? The version number always indentical.

Any suggestions how I can check that?

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April 28, 2011 at 04:48:21
If you hover over the icon you use, in a moment you will see either 'Internet Explorer' or 'Internet Explorer 64 bit'. I do not know if there is a way to see this in the program, possibly under properties, but I prefer Firefox generally.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 28, 2011 at 05:11:01
Thanks Fingers but that is the weird part, hover reveals nothing and under properties also nothing. Even when I right-click > properties on both actual exe files (they are installed in dif folders and the file size is dif) there is no indication of 32 or 64-bit.
I do have Bing, Firefox, Opera and Chrome but very rarely touch it.

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April 28, 2011 at 07:18:11
I have both also, in IE 8 if you click the little "gear icon" it used to be "tools", then click "about Internet explorer" it will tell you if it is 64 version. If the about internet explorer does not say 64 bit, then it is the 32 bit version because the 64 bit version says so.

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April 28, 2011 at 08:10:03
Open Task Manager and look at the iexplore.exe process. The 64-bit one will say:


the 32-bit one will say:

iexplore.exe *32

The same is true for all programs.

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April 29, 2011 at 01:27:22
Thanks ijack, I forgot about that fact, 100% correct, should have done that first.

HopperRox - I now started both and it indicates under About... when it is 64-bit as you've said.
If I may ask, do you give preference to one or other? I do not notice any speed difference (I'm on cable) but I suppose it depends what you're busy with on the Web?
Currently it seems my puter is running the 32-bit version by default although I've never selected/specified it?

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April 29, 2011 at 04:16:05
64-bit IE has problems with the add-ons. Therefore, 32-bit IE is preferred. Speed, I believe, is the same for both.


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April 30, 2011 at 10:49:55
Thanks suatcini, with hindsight I can confirm the add-ons issue.

End of story, I'll stay with the 32-bit version of IE8.

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