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Starting the 32-Bit Version of Windows PowerShell

Updated: October 17, 2013

Applies To: Windows PowerShell 3.0, Windows PowerShell 4.0

When you install Windows PowerShell on a 64-bit computer, Windows PowerShell (x86), a 32-bit version of Windows PowerShell is installed in addition to the 64-bit version. When you run Windows PowerShell, the 64-bit version runs by default.

However, you might occasionally need to run Windows PowerShell (x86), such as when you are using a module that requires the 32-bit version or when you are connecting remotely to a 32-bit computer.

To start a 32-bit version of Windows PowerShell, use any of the following procedures.

In Windows Server® 2012 R2

  • On the Start screen, type Windows PowerShell (x86). Click the Windows PowerShell x86 tile.

  • In Server Manager, from the Tools menu, select Windows PowerShell (x86).

  • On the desktop, move the cursor to the upper right corner, click Search, type PowerShell x86 and then click Windows PowerShell (x86).

In Windows Server 2012

  • On the Start screen, type PowerShell and then click Windows PowerShell (x86).

  • In Server Manager, from the Tools menu, select Windows PowerShell (x86).

  • On the desktop, move the cursor to the upper right corner, click Search, type PowerShell and then click Windows PowerShell (x86).

In Windows 8.1

  • On the Start screen, type Windows PowerShell (x86). Click the Windows PowerShell x86 tile.

  • If you are running Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1, you can also open Windows PowerShell x86 from the Server ManagerTools menu. Select Windows PowerShell (x86).

  • On the desktop, move the cursor to the upper right corner, click Search, type PowerShell x86 and then click Windows PowerShell (x86).

In Windows 8

  • On the Start screen, move the cursor to the upper right corner, click Settings, click Tiles, and then move the Show Administrative Tools slider to Yes. Then, type PowerShell and click Windows PowerShell (x86).

  • If you are running Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8, you can also open Windows PowerShell x86 from the Server ManagerTools menu. Select Windows PowerShell (x86).

  • On the Start screen or the desktop, type PowerShell (x86) and then click Windows PowerShell (x86).



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