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How Do I Start a 32-bit Windows Explorer Process Under SysWow64 in a 64-bit Windows 8 Environment?

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  • Hello,

    Could somebody please explain if it is possible to start 32-bit process of Windows Explorer under 64-bit OS?

    Currently I only found this can be done the following way, but it sounds pretty weak to me...

    1. Terminate Windows Explorer Process. The shell and the superbar will disappear. Open Windows Task Manager and choose File|New Task (Run...)
    2. In the Open edit box within the Create new task dialog window type C:\Windows\SysWow64\explorer.exe
    3. Go to Details tab and copy the line for explorer.exe, which should sound like:
    4. C:\Windows\explorer.exe /factory,{GUID} -Embedding
    5. Copy this line by pressing Ctrl+C and paste it into a text editor.
    6. Cut off unnecessary data and copy the path to a 32-bit executable.
    7. Open the Create new and type
    8. C:\Windows\SysWow64\explorer.exe /factory,{GUID} -Embedding
    9. Press Enter to start 32-bit process.

    I would be happy if somebody could please fix my illiteracy and provide the best way to run 32-bit Windows Explorer process from a 32-bit image.

    Thank you.


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