How can I debug Portable executable for AMD64 in IDA PRO if I have Intel processor?

  • I'd think if the executable runs on your system/processor, it would be debuggable in IDA Pro. Otherwise - IDA doesn't do cross-debugging. Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 6:21

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You did not give any details about your machine's processor. Does it support 64-bit architecture? Does it implement the x86-64 instruction set?

This is only a problem if your machine's Intel processor does not support 64-bit architecture and/or does not does not implement the same instruction set as AMD64 processors.

However, AMD64 processors and most 64-bit Intel processors (other than Itanium-family processors, for example) implement the same instruction set: x86-64.

In other words, PE binaries compiled to target the x86-64 instruction set architecture will execute on Windows boxes regardless of whether they utilize an AMD64 processor or a 64-bit Intel processor.

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  • I have MacBook Pro 2016
    – LOGA
    Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 7:55
  • This answer doesn't explain how to debug using IDA.
    – xvk3
    Commented Dec 27, 2017 at 9:05

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