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MS Sharepoint - Open With Explorer function not working

I am an ignorant user and need help.

I have Windows 7 64 bit, and share files through MS Sharepoint. I access it through IE 10. The "Open with Explorer" function only works 20% of the time. I usually get an error:

Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer.

I researched problem and read something about 64 bit vs 32 bit, so tried to download IE 32 bit, but it won't load onto my PC.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Estar123
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vaderjCommented:
Is the webclient service running on your workstation?
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Estar123Author Commented:
I believe so. I'm not 100% sure.
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vaderjCommented:
Usually when I see that error, it's because that service is not running
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Estar123Author Commented:
Since the function works some of the time and sometimes not, does that mean that the webclient service turns on and off for me somehow???
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vaderjCommented:
So it's on the same machine that it will work and also not work?
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Estar123Author Commented:
Yes. The same machine - it's totally random. Sometimes the function works normally - but when it is working, it's extremely slow. Most of the time I get the error, however.
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vaderjCommented:
To address the slowness, you should disable automatic proxy detection. This is under Internet Options => Connections.

 After that, see if the reliability of explorer view improves any
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Estar123Author Commented:
I did that - I tried once to "Open with Explorer" and get the same error that my client does not support opening this list w/ Windows Explorer. Tried again a while ago, and it worked. When I log in again, I will just keep trying and see if I have better luck.
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vaderjCommented:
Please also see the following:
http://community.office365.com/en-us/forums/154/t/13401.aspx

It references Office 365, but the principle is the same.
Can you also specifically make sure that you using the 32bit IE link as opposed to the x64 link? from what I am reading, the 64 bit IE link will not work with Explorer view
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Estar123Author Commented:
This is very good info - thanks - it seems it has solved my problems. Tried to "Accept as Solution" and assign points to you, but I keep getting an error and it isn't working. Don't know  what to do about that!
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Estar123Author Commented:
This worked!
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