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On a local 64-bit machine, I can open 'PowerShell (x86)'. But if I do 'Enter-PSSession' to another machine running a 64-bit OS, it creates a 64-bit PowerShell.

In my scenario I need a 32-bit PowerShell session. How can I get one?

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I found the answer. You have to use the -ConfigurationName parameter, like this:

Enter-PSSession -ComputerName COMPUTERNAME -ConfigurationName Microsoft.PowerShell32

You can get the list of available configurations with:


Note that the configurations are specific to the remote machine. In my quick tests, a 32-bit OS only has Microsoft.PowerShell which is 32-bit, while a 64-bit OS has Microsoft-PowerShell for 64-bit and Microsoft-PowerShell32 for 32-bit.

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Additionally, if Microsoft.PowerShell32 is not available on your 64bit machine you can register it using: Register-PSSessionConfiguration Microsoft.PowerShell32 -processorarchitecture x86 -force – Toukakoukan Sep 18 '14 at 8:13

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