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x64 debugging on Windows: usually not directly by the IDE, but trough a debug helper process (msvsmon / PAServer / dbkw64_16_0)

The Wiert Corner – While developing x64 applications, most Windows development tools are actually running in x86 mode, and use an intermediate x64 layer to debug the x64 process even for local debugging. For Visual Studio 2008 and up, this is msvsmon.exe (for Delphi XE2 and up it is PAServer.exe for remote debugging or dbkw64_16_0.exe for local debugging, other tools use a similar mechanism). The fun thing with Visual Studio is that when msvsmon.exe fails to load locally, you get a misleading error message: [Microsoft Visual Studio] Error while trying to run project: Unable to start debugging. The Microsoft ...
Favorite? Off-Topic? jpluimers @ 2012-12-07 06:00

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