WinDBG on 32Bit Applications
On a 64-bit Windows installation is it possible to make both 32-bit and 64-bit dumps of 32-bit processes. The task manager will create a 64-bit dump, which therefore is often what you end up with users sending you. This is not a problem for native executeables since you can still load it in windbg and use the !wow64exts.sw extension to switch into the 32-bit view. However if your process is a .NET process and you want to use SoS to investigate it then you are out of luck, you'll just get the message "SOS does not support the current target architecture." This extension gets around this by hooking/patching functions in dbgeng.dll so that SoS thinks it's working with a 32-bit dump. ** Usage ** Copy soswow64.dll into the "winxp" subfolder of windbg. Then after loading a 64-bit memory dump of a 32-bit process you can simply load the extension: 0:000> .load soswow64 Successfully hooked IDebugControl::GetExecutingProcessorType. Successfully patched DbgEng!X86MachineInfo::ConvertCanonContextToTarget.