#PSTip How to determine if a file is 32-bit or 64-bit

Someone at the office asked me to check why a specific file was failing to execute. When double-clicking the file, nothing happened and no related process could be found in Task Manager. To cut the long story short, we found that the issue was probably running the file on a 32-bit machine while the file was written for x64 platforms.  Anyway, we wanted to verify that and I was looking for a way to do that with PowerShell. After a short web search I found this StackOverflow thread.

Here’s the translated version of the suggested C# code. It sure verified our suspicion–the failing  file was written for x64 platforms. Here’s a test against notepad.exe.

$MachineType = Write-Output Native I386 Itanium x64

$filePath = "$env:windir\notepad.exe"
$data = New-Object System.Byte[] 4096
$stream = New-Object System.IO.FileStream -ArgumentList $filePath,Open,Read
$stream.Read($data,0,$PE_POINTER_OFFSET) | Out-Null
$PE_HEADER_ADDR = [System.BitConverter]::ToInt32($data, $PE_POINTER_OFFSET)
$machineUint = [System.BitConverter]::ToUInt16($data, $PE_HEADER_ADDR + $MACHINE_OFFSET)

About the author: Shay Levy

Shay Levy is a Co-founder and editor of the PowerShell Magazine. He is a multiple-year recipient of the Microsoft MVP award, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Shay often covers PowerShell related topics on his blog and you can also follow him on Twitter at @ShayLevy

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