# Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Visual Studio 2010: Debugging a x86 WCF service on a x64 machine

I just ran into an issue where I have a WCF service that depends on a .NET assembly that is compiled specifically for x86. In order to use that assembly I need to compile the service as a x86 service. No problem, but now when I want to test or add a service reference to this WCF service I ran into the problem that WcfSvcHost and WcfTestClient both will run a x64 because I’m running Windows 7 x64.

How to solve this? I found the answer in the forums and adapted the answer for my specific problem:

1.Copy WcfSvcHost.exe and WcfTestClient.exe from C:\program files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE to a local directory. Keep a backup copy of this file, of course.
2.Start a Visual Studio 2010 Command Prompt (one of the links from the start menu -> Visaul Studio 2010)
3."cd" to the directory where your copy of WcfSvcHost is located.
4.Execute the command "corflags /32BIT+ /FORCE WcfSvcHost.exe"
5.Copy the files back to where you found it.
 
Now your WcfSvcHost and WcfTestClient will be running in 32 bit mode.

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