I installed these on November 10th but I have a question for anyone running 64 bit Windows 7.
Must I install both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions for IE since both browsers are included with Win 7? So far, I have only fired up IE 9 (32 bit) to do windows updates. I have never run IE ( (64 bit).
Additional question: Can I uninstall the 64 bit version of IE 9?. I'd love to do that because it is one less thing I need to worry about patching.
Hi Liz, I'm currently running Win 7 64-bit. These plugins are dependent upon the browser type you're using. So if you don't plan on using IE 64-bit, then you only need the 32-bit version for Adobe Flash. The 64-bit version of Adobe Flash is
, actually not always required but it is preferred
, if you're using a 64-bit browser.
As far as removing IE v9, I'm not sure you can keep just the 32-bit version. IE v8 is the default browser for Windows 7. Did you upgrade it through Windows Update or did you download the full installer? Come to think of it, I think you may be able to delete the program files located in:
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer and delete all the files in there. I've never done this so I'm not 100% sure this will work.
Notice that I did not say C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer
Personally I wouldn't worry about it. Just download whatever "updates" it offers through the Windows Update mechanism and you should be fine. Going so far as to remove IE 64-bit (only) is unnecessary if you keep your system & browser up to date. (Yes, I know you're very good about doing that). You will not find security risks that only applies to 64-bit for IE. It's really not a hassle to keep browsers upto date.
Edited by Tushman, 18 November 2011 - 12:52 PM.