Howto: Launch 32-bit Windows Explorer on 64-bit Windows


This article explains a way to launch 32-bit Windows Explorer on 64-bit Windows.


Monterey Barcode Creator 3.6 includes a thumbnail view shell extension to Windows Explorer. Through this feature users are able to view the contents of barcode files without opening them. However, this feature is only available to 32-bit Windows Explorer because version 3.6 only includes the 32-bit DLL.

Figure 1. Thumbnail View in Windows Explorer

Thumbnail View in Windows Explorer

If you are working on a 64-bit Windows and want to view thumbnail images of barcode files, follow the steps below:

  1. Right click on Desktop and select NewShortcut.

  2. In Type the location of this item: edit box, type the following:

    %Systemroot%\SysWOW64\explorer.exe /separate /e, {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
  3. In Type a name for this shortcut, Name it as 32 bit Explorer, or anything desired.

  4. Click on Finish.

Now you have created a shortcut to 32-bit Windows Explorer. Double click it to launch 32-bit Explorer, and view barcode files in this program.


  • Monterey Barcode Creator 3.6 and above