I know you prefer to keep your system as clear of gunk as possible, but in my view it is far safer and more practical to allow Windows to update itself.
I learnt some years ago that it is easier to allow Windows to keep itself up to date, and allow the updates as and when they are offered, and that includes components like IE. That way, my system doesn't get out of sync with the updates which, in my mind, may cause difficulties down the line.
As that ZDNet article explains, it seems we cannot install the 32 bit version of IE9 separately anyway, so we must allow Windows to install both.That's fine by me as I simply ignore the 64 bit version anyway.
But in addition, since I rarely use IE, it matters not to me what versions IE I have installed. My hard drive can take the few extra MB's of disk used up, and I have the added comfort of knowing that my system is up to date with critical and security updates, and that satisfies me no end.
I would go for it, and allow Windows to update itself.
I have Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit. Which is the best way to download IE 9? For now, I will be using Internet Explorer 32-bit version.
1. Download/install IE 9 for 32-bit and 64-bit separately?
2. Download/install the 64-bit version of IE 9 when according to a ZDnet article, the 32-bit version will automatically be downloaded, too?
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
Internet Explorer 8