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Internet Explorer error when creating a list.

Internet Explorer error when creating a list.

I have found many, many, MANY!  idiosyncrasies with Internet Explorer 64-bit and Sharepoint 2010.  Here is one that I had not yet encountered but was easily worked around.

When trying to import a spreadsheet as a list in SharePoint 2010 (Site Actions > View All Site Content > Create > Import Spreadsheet) you will receive the following error in Internet Explorer if you are using the 64-bit version.

This Feature requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later, and Windows 95 or later.

Considering I haven’t used either of these products in probably 10 years, I figured this was yet another problem with IE 64…

Internet Explorer 64-bit error message

The fix is simple enough…  Use the 32-bit version.  It will work fine.

At some point I will add in other small details that do not work with SharePoint in IE 64 and list as many as I can find.



About the Author:

I have been in Information Technology Professional for 15 years and have settled into the realm of Microsoft SharePoint. I have been a SharePoint Administrator for an International Corporation based out of Michigan since 2011. My reasons for starting this site, much like anyone else who focuses on SharePoint, is to share what I have learned along my career path as an Administrator for a medium sized company. Most of what I have been jotting down for the past year are issues that I had come across while working with an inherited SharePoint 2010 environment. There are pitfalls that I will discuss along with some of the things that we had to develop on our own that SharePoint didn't quite do on its own. I hope you will find the content both helpful and entertaining. Cheers!


  1. Jay  November 29, 2013

    How do I install the 32 bit version?

    • admin  December 2, 2013

      The 32 bit version of Internet Explorer is locally installed on a Windows 7 machines. You will see one Internet Explorer link with 64 after it and the other does not. Choose the one that does not have the 64 after it.

      Windows 8 is a whole other animal. So far 8.1 comes with Internet Explorer 11, which currently doesn’t officially support SharePoint 2010… go figure…

      Compatibility mode seems to correct many issues, but it doesn’t cover all of them.

      Hopefully this helps!

      Have a great day!


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