How to Run the X86 Version of Internet Explorer

by Daniel Hatter
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Microsoft Windows operating systems (such as Windows 7, Vista and XP) come in two versions--X86 and X64 (32-bit and 64-bit). According to Microsoft, "The main differences between the 32-bit versions of Windows and the 64-bit versions of Windows relate to memory accessibility, memory management and enhanced security features." Windows 64-bit systems require 64-bit drivers, but most 32-bit software programs are still compatible. These systems often have two versions of Internet Explorer installed--one an X64 program and the other X86. If your 64-bit (X64) Internet Explorer is not working, you may need to run the 32-bit (X86) version instead.

Step 1

Open "My Computer" (or "Computer" in Windows 7 and Vista) and double-click on your "C:" drive.

Step 2

Double-click on the "Program Files (x86)" folder. This is where 32-bit (X86) programs are stored in 64-bit (X64) systems. Double-click on the Internet Explorer folder.

Double-click to open the iexplore.exe file. The X86 version of Internet Explorer will now open up on your computer.


  • You can create a shortcut to the X86 version of Internet Explorer on your desktop. To do so, right-click on the iexplore.exe file, mouse over "Send To," then click "Desktop (create shortcut)."


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About the Author

Daniel Hatter began writing professionally in 2008. His writing focuses on topics in computers, Web design, software development and technology. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in media and game development and information technology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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