CSI_Reset_IE_32-bit_Shortcuts - Reset Internet Explorer Shortcuts to 32-bit IE Print E-mail

It is an increasingly common circumstance to hear of individuals or organizations who have had all their IE shortcuts pointed to 64-bit version of IE.  It does not take long for them to realize this was a mistake!  The attached script will help reset the IE Desktop and Start Menu shortcuts to the 32-bit version.

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8/1/2012 - This is not an issue on Windows 8.  Windows 8 always starts a 64-bit instance for the UI and then 32-bit instances for hosting websites.  This is not clear in Windows 8 task manager as it groups processes under the parent and only displays the bitness indicator on the parent.  Use Procmon.exe to observe this.

I have heard of at least one case where a computer tune up done at a popular office supply store results in IE shortcuts being pointed to the 64-bit version and several organizations who also did this before realizing the impact.

If you like what you're reading, you may enjoy our class CSI-330 Provisioning and Supporting Applications on 64-bit Windows.

The essential problem is that the vast majority of IE plug-ins are available only as 32-bit plug-ins.  This includes thousands of websites and many plugins for extending IE's functionality for use on the local machine.

The attached script will help you out if this change has been done to many machines or if you don't wish to walk an end user through the process step-by-step.

When using Internet Explorer's settings it is not possible to make 64-bit IE default for file extensions and MIME types - consequently this script does not correct such changes.

Change Log:

8/1/2012 - Version 2.0 - updated to be able to handle all users and default user.

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