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How to force IE 11 to open up with 32 bit version through group policy

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We have IE 11 installed on our computers but this one third party app can only be used with the 32 bit version of IE 11.   WHen the user clicks the application it opens up IE 11 in 64 bit mode.   we need to stop this in Group Policy.   Any way it can be done??

using windows server 2012 R2 and windows 8
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How is the application being launched?  By default, Internet Explorer will use the 32bit version unless you specifically call the x64 version.

You won't be able to prevent it from being called without some significant hoops.. especially without knowing how it is launched.

But, one possible option would be to rename the 64bit version, and replace it with a simple script that launches the 32bit version.

As an example, this might work as a batch file:
start "c:\program files (x86)\internet explorer\iexplore.exe" %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9

But again.. this is a guess without knowing how its launched.  If it is a shortcut, then fixing the IE path will address it.  

I'm willing to bet however it is being launched, it has a hard coded path to IE, and is thereby grabbing the the x86 version.  If that is the case.. then creating a shim might be the best route to fix it.  For that.. start here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd837644%28v=ws.10%29.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396 and here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/7/2010/01/22/creating-an-application-compatibility-shim/


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ok thanks  will try
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No response from user, but this has the correct answer.
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