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Setting Internet Explorer for file associations via Group Policy (x86 vs x64)

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Hi all,

After some assistance if possible.

In group policy I'm trying to set a file association so that a certain type of document (basically its a PDF) opens in Internet Explorer, and I'm almost successful.

So I set the file association via GPO (Server 2008) in User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Folder Options and then a new 'Open With' policy and in doing this it works, when you log in you can see the file is set to open with iexplore.exe but the problem comes in whether you choose to use the 32 bit or 64 bit version if Internet Explorer.

By default, we use the x64 version (and I'd like to keep it this way) but when you set the GPO to open the file using the IE x64, instead of opening the file in the browser it opens the file as if you've just finished downloading it in the browser and asks whether you want to open or save the file. If you choose to open the file you are then just presented the same options again. If you choose to save, it then saves the file and then when you try to open it, it asks again if you want to open or save.

Now, if I set the GPO to open the file using the IE x86, all works fine! File opens in the browser and you're good to go! The problem is I don't want to use the x86 version.

Has anyone ever come across this or can they think of any possible reason why this may be working fine with the 32 bit version but not the 64 bit?

All suggestions welcome.

Thanks,

Terry
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Normal behavior. It's because Adobe Reader ships no plugin for IEx64, only for the 32 bit version.
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McKnife, sorry for the late reply but thank you very much for this information, this does definately answer the question. Something I was not aware of and something I wouldn't have though to look at either.

I will look at my options to fix this but consider this case closed!

Thanks again,

Terry
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