Windows Download Manager and 64 bit Internet Explorer bug

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

I recently built my first 64 bit monster machine.

Of course, having 64 bit hardware, I couldn’t run 32 bit Windows or apps (it would be a sin J), so I opted for Windows XP Professional 64 bit.

During the process of downloading drivers and apps from, I encountered a situation where I was trying to download a package from the Office 2007 Beta site that is distributed via the Windows Download Manager.

I clicked the link to start the download, but nothing happened. 
I figured it must be a security setting. 
I changed my settings and tried again. 
Still nothing… 
OK, so maybe IE has a corrupt DLL or something. 
Reinstall IE and try again. 
Still nothing… 
Mmm… strange…  
Then, just for the heck of it, I decided to fire up IE 32 bit instead and try it again. 
Tada! The download started as expected.  

So, the bottom line is that it appears that IE 64 bit is NOT compatible with the Windows Download Manager so if you run into the same thing on your 64 bit system, just use IE 32 bit to get what you need. 




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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