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Vista x64 Fix for IE7 User Agent String

If you're a Media Center buff, than Aaron Stebner's blog is a good one to have in your blogroll. Today he posted about the MSN Remote Record service, and the issues it has installing on Windows Vista x64 (do not use this on Windows XP x64). It turns out that IE7 sends out different UserAgent strings depending on whether you're in 32-bit or 64-bit IE... which is really kind of a pain in the butt.

You see, when you start IE7 on X64, it's only running in 32-bit more, unless you open up the 64-bit version specifically from the start menu. The problem with that is, only the 64-bit version has Media Center in the UserAgent string, so come pages will fail to load properly, for example the MSN Remote Record installer page.

So Aaron suggests to open the site up in 64-bit IE. But I have a better solution. I've created a Registry fix that balances out the UserAgent strings between the two versions. It adds Media Center to the 32-bit string, and adds .NET 3.0 to the 64-bit string. After you run the .reg file, close and re-open IE and browse to this page. You should see the "Install MSN Remote Record" button.

Why Microsoft didn't do these things... I dunno. But at least this fixes the problem. Thanks for the heads-up, Aaron!



  • FYI, this reg key doesn't replace anything, it just appends an entry to the "Post Platform" keys for teh x86 and x64 parts of the registry. The entries in that key are strung together and appended to the built-in User Agent string. I promise it won't hurt your computer.

    February 5, 2007 3:32 PM
  • 1DMF said:

    FYI -  you should see "Install MSN Remote Record" , nope!

    all I know is I keep deleteing the 32bit version from the desktop and adding a shortcut to the 64bit and windows then goes and add the shortcut back to the desktop fo IE7 32bit and I cannot stop this perpetual loop - AAGGHHH, why would I buy Vista 64bit and want to run IE7 32bit?

    April 3, 2007 12:24 PM
  • 1DMF said:

    ok I found out why I need IE7 32bit, Java VM , Adobe flash player, and no doubt other plugins I haven't found I need yet.

    This is the 21st century and 64bit computing isn't something new, I got a 64bit CPU, 64bit motherboard with 64bit SCSI, 64bit OS .... but no software!!!!

    Come on world keep up!

    April 3, 2007 3:27 PM
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