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removing IE 64 bit from Win 7

Hi I need to remove the IE 64 bit shortcut from Win 7. Whats the best and more importantly the easiest way to do this. Step by step instructions would be great. I attached a screenshot.
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And to remove a shortcut you simply delete it.
If you want to uninstall the program, that's harder.

Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System Administrator


Forgot to add. I need to remove it on 3k machines, so GPO or some sort of script is best.
Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System Administrator



That shortcut should be:
"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Internet Explorer (64-bit).lnk"

Test if it's there and if it is, delete it at logon.
Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System Administrator


I need step by step instructions from anyone once I find the path to the shortcut. I have never done it before. Thanks.
Spike99On-Site IT Technician

If you have Admin rights, you can just delete any shortcut, whether it's on the desktop or in the Start Menu.  Are you still running with IE 9?  The separate 64 & 32 bit shortcuts for IE were removed starting with IE 10 (IE now includes both versions in the same browser).

Here's how you would remove the IE 64 bit icon from the Start Menu:
1. Click on Start
2. Click on All Programs
3. Scroll to the "Internet Explorer (64 bit)" icon
4. Right click on it
5. Click Delete

As someone else pointed out, that icon is located in this directory in Windows:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

So, you could also delete it from that folder.
Thomas NSystems Analyst - Windows System Administrator


Alicia thanks but I need it done over 3k machines. Do you know of a location within GPO or a script that will do this for me?
On-Site IT Technician
This page has a screenshot on how to do that using Group Policy Preferences:

The variable listed in that screenshot is %ProgramsDir%, that's the variable for the user's own program files directory, which would be this path:
C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.

Or alternately, you could specify this path from which to delete the icon:
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

Using the "%userprofile% variable would delete that icon from the user's local profile folder even if they are in a TEMP or alternately named profile folder (like C:\Users\TEMP or C:\Users\USERNAME.DOMAINNAME)

As a reference, you might want to look at this page which lists the variables you can use in Group Policy preference items:

I found another post on www.BrianMadden.com that states after removing the icons, you will probably want to remove this key from the machines in question to prevent that icon from being recreated for any new users on that system:
64 bit IE version shortcut
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed components\>{26923b43-4d38-484f-9b9e-de460746276c}\Stubpath


This TechNet article describes how to delete a registry entry using Group Policy preferences:
This should be of some help also.

This will allow you to configure via group policy. You have the option to delete.