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For example, if I click Edit page -> Edit in SharePoint Designer from within my SharePoint site, I'm always presented with a dialog prompting me to download Designer. I already have Designer installed.

Seems like it should a.) launch it for me, or b.) at least stop prompting me to download it.

UPDATE: Turns out this stemmed back to the 64-bit IE compatibility issue that was causing me grief here: How do I enable "Open in Explorer"?

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Can't say I've experienced this. Selecting Edit page in SharePoint Designer opens Sharepoint Designer for me. Have you made sure SPD is the default application for editing web pages? – Eric Alexander Jan 19 '12 at 21:21
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Switching to 32-bit IE caused this to be a non-issue. I really wish Microsoft would look at the user-agent string and tell the user that stuff is going to be odd/disabled because they're running 64-bit, especially since most machines sold these days are 64-bit.

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I read your answer about 64bit IE, causing the problem with Sharepoint Designer. How do you change to 32 bit, IE, as I have the exact same problem, with Sharepoint Designer 2010, in 64Bit IE? regards, Dan. – user15207 Feb 28 '13 at 9:37
Nice idea. Lets see if I can fiddle this on top of pages as a warning (unless there is already a standard solution somewhere) Probably along : javascript:alert(navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE 8.0") !=-1 && navigator.userAgent.indexOf("x64") !=-1); etc... will do – edelwater May 17 '13 at 1:30

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