Really IE? Really? Shouldn’t more bits be better?

IE, aka the Bane of the Web, has struck again!  This time with it’s own Microsoft products!  (Okay “Bane of the Web” is maybe a bit much – just so frustrated with it right now.)

Just a quick note – if you are using the 64-bit version of IE (which should be “better”, no?), and you are encountering some issues with SharePoint, try switching back to the 32-bit version.  You’ll be amazed as things just start working. (grumble… grumble.)

Recently I spent enough time trying to resolve this issue it was worth a blog posting. I was trying to open a Sharepoint 2010 site in Explorer. I could do this without any issue on laptop. However on my desktop, the option was greyed out. After some googling around, I hit on this answer at SharePoint Stack Exchange. (Thanks guys!)

Difference between 64-bit IE and 32-bit IE
Difference between 64-bit IE and 32-bit IE

You may want to create a shortcut to the 32-bit version of IE on your desktop. You can generally find the 32-bit version at C:\Program Files(x86)\Internet Explorer\.

-JT