64 Bit powershell

I was trying to run a native powershell script and no matter what I did it wouldnt run. Apparently it was accessing part of the registry which required the 64bit powershell. I dont even fully understand what the hell happened but I worked on it for hours and hours and it ran fine for my in powershell unelevated but I could not get it to run via kace.   It would always say it couldnt find the path in the registry and looked like it was referencing c/windows/system32/ and then the registry path.  

In an effort to provide information as well as take from here, this was the fix after opening a ticket:

Set-Alias Start-PowerShell64 "$env:windir\sysnative\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe"

Start-PowerShell64 get-childitem -Path etc etc (powershell command)

So apparently kace uses a 32 bit vers of PS? I dont know, dont care, just annoying.

Good luck.

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Posted by: Unsullied 1 year ago
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As the KACE agent is x86, this would be the workaround. You can prepend your powershell script with the following code block to execute it in x64:

# To execute in x64 powershell #

if ($PSHOME -like "*syswow64*") { 

    Write-Output 'Relaunching as x64' 

    & (Join-Path ($PSHOME -replace 'syswow64', 'sysnative') powershell.exe) ` 

        -File $Script:MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path ` 




# Rest of script goes in here #

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