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32 or 64 and/or Administrator

Posted by: | June 8, 2016 Comments Off on 32 or 64 and/or Administrator |

When you run the PowerShell console (or ISE) the default icon runs a 32 or 64 bit version that matches your OS. On a 64 bit machine you have the option of running in 32bit (icons have a (x86) suffix on the title.


How can you tell whether you’re running in 32 or 64 bit mode?


One way is shown in this forum question – http://powershell.org/forums/topic/requires/#post-42226


I prefer the simpler:

if ([System.IntPtr]::Size -eq 8) {$size = ’64 bit’}
else {$size = ’32 bit’}


I don’t like automatically kicking into the required bit version if its wrong. I prefer to abort the processing with a message to run as 32 or 64 bit as appropriate


You can perform a similar test for administrator privileges (running elevated)

$currentUser = [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()
$secprin = New-Object Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal $currentUser
if ($secprin.IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltinRole]::Administrator))
{$admin = ‘Administrator’}
else {$admin = ‘non-Administrator’}


Though on later versions of Powershell its easier to use

#requires –RunAsAdministrator

under: PowerShell Basics

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