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Fix For Windows Vista 64-Bit Internet Explorer 7 User String Bug

Aaron Stebner has posted about some particularly thorny issues with installing MSN Remote Record on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista. Turns out Vista x64 has two versions of Internet Explorer 7, one 32-bit and one 64-bit, and the two have different ways of announcing themselves to websites. To demonstrate, these are the user strings websites read when visited by the two browsers in Vista x64:

  • 32-bit: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; WOW64; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506)
  • 64-bit: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; Win64; x64; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; SLCC1; Media Center PC 5.0)

As you can see, only the 64-bit version has Media Center listed. This means that webpages, downloads and web applications that use Media Center are going to think you are running a version of Windows that does not have Media Center, and if they require that, not let you through (also, the 64-bit does not mention .NET 3.0, even though it is installed).

If you are running Vista 64, download Robert McLaws’ Registry fix that balances the two user strings, making sure they both have accurate and full data. Seems like a pretty stupid mistake for Microsoft to make, and not even the only one facing Remote Record on x64, as Aaron explains in the rest of his post.

Some other stuff:

Here’s something some Diggers found funny:


Yeah, a page on that misspells “Microsoft”. Yeah, you’d think they’d know how that one goes.

Long Zheng has done a mockup of what Windows Vista would be named if the Windows Live team named it. It’s a bit complicated, but I think it comes out to:

Microsoft Windows Live XP 07 for Workgroup PCs Plus! Ultimate Extras “N” built on NT and XP technologies (32-bit and 64-bit edition) with advanced security & Internet Explorer [Tablet PC and Media Center enabled]

In other words: Microsoft’s shortest product name in years!

Funny stuff, but even worse is that Stefan Ventura has calculated that Windows Live Hotmail will have 59 letters in its name by 2018, making it the most sophistocated brand on the market.

You gotta love this Microsoft website, which asks you some questions and tells you which Microsoft Office product you are. I thought I was Powerpoint, but it turns out I’m Microsoft Word. Cool stuff. Guess it makes sense that if you write for a living, you should be Word.
(via Inside Office Online)

February 12th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Hotmail, Vista, Live, Office, Internet Explorer, Applications, Windows, Humor, General | no comments

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