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Do I really need 3 versions of IE?


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#1 CrutchyT

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 11:13 PM

I've got Vista Home Premium on my HP and it has three versions of IE: the 64 bit version, 32 bit version, and a 32 bit version without add-ons. I use FF as my default, and I know I need IE to update Windows, but are 3 versions really necessary? Can I delete at least one them without incident? The only situation I can imagine using it is if something catastrophic happens to FF and I need it to download Opera.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 09:29 AM

No, but it depends on what you want to do. You can remove shortcuts to them easily - but removing the actual program is likely to break your Windows installation.

I ignore the 64 bit version on my system as it doesn't play Flash, I use the 32 bit version for my Microsoft stuff. The "no-addons" isn't a separate program - it's only a shortcut to run IE7 with the -extoff switch. Deleting it won't hurt anything.
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Posted 14 February 2009 - 12:15 PM

No, but it depends on what you want to do. You can remove shortcuts to them easily - but removing the actual program is likely to break your Windows installation.

I ignore the 64 bit version on my system as it doesn't play Flash, I use the 32 bit version for my Microsoft stuff. The "no-addons" isn't a separate program - it's only a shortcut to run IE7 with the -extoff switch. Deleting it won't hurt anything.


Thanks, this is just the sort of info I was looking for.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 01:10 PM

it doesn't play Flash, I use the 32 bit version for my Microsoft stuff. The "no-addons" isn't a separate program - it's only a shortcut to run IE7 with the -extoff switch. Deleting it won't hurt anything.




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