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Tip of the Month: Windows 7 – 64 or 32 Bit?

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Along with the various editions of Microsoft Windows 7 (Home, Professional, and Ultimate), this operating system is offered in either a 32 or 64 bit version. With this development, UNH IT has seen a rise of Windows 7 64-bit computers on campus.

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (or CPU) handles information. The Windows 7 64-bit version handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than the 32-bit version, but it also has its shortcomings.

Some websites require a 32-bit browser, and when accessed with a 64-bit browser may not display information correctly. On 64-bit Windows 7 machines, Internet Explorer is available in both 32 and 64 bit. Below are a few helpful tips to help you determine which version of Windows 7 is installed on your computer, how to tell which version of IE you are running, and also how to create a shortcut to IE 32-bit.

To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click on Computer, and then choose Properties.
  3. Under System, view the System Type.

To determine which version of Internet Explorer you are running:

  1. 1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. 2. Press ALT+H on your keyboard simultaneously to open the Help menu.
  3. 3. Click on About Internet Explorer. If you are running IE 64-bit, it will be displayed in this dialog box.

How to create a shortcut in your desktop for IE 32 bit version

  1. Click Start, then Computer.
  2. Double-click Win7 (C:).
  3. Double-click Program Files (x86).
  4. Double-click Internet Explorer.
  5. Locate iexplore.exe, right-click on it, and choose create a shortcut.
  6. It will not allow you to create a shortcut into that same location, but it will automatically ask you if you would like to place one in your desktop. Click Yes.

If you have questions, contact the UNH IT Service Desk at 603.862.4242 or submit a question online.