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Fixing hg.exe “ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application.”

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/07/21

If you get the below error when running hg.exe, then you are mixing a 64-bit Mercurial with 32-bit dependencies:

C:\>hg --version
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "hg", line 43, in 
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 150, in __getattr__
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 94, in _load
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 43, in _hgextimport
  File "mercurial\dispatch.pyc", line 22, in 
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 248, in _demandimport
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 43, in _hgextimport
  File "mercurial\i18n.pyc", line 28, in 
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 150, in __getattr__
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 94, in _load
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 43, in _hgextimport
  File "mercurial\encoding.pyc", line 24, in 
  File "mercurial\policy.pyc", line 101, in importmod
  File "mercurial\policy.pyc", line 63, in _importfrom
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 164, in __doc__
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 94, in _load
  File "hgdemandimport\demandimportpy2.pyc", line 43, in _hgextimport
  File "mercurial\cext\parsers.pyc", line 12, in 
  File "mercurial\cext\parsers.pyc", line 10, in __load
ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is geen geldige Win32-toepassing.

The equivalent English error is [WayBack] ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application.” – Google Search.

The problem is the bitness of hg.exe: [WayBack] python – Error while installing Mercurial on IIS7 64bit: “DLL Load Failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application” – Stack Overflow

You can quickly figure out the bitness of hg.exe:

C:\>where hg
C:\Program Files\Mercurial\hg.exe

C:\>sigcheck "C:\Program Files\Mercurial\hg.exe"

Sigcheck v2.72 - File version and signature viewer
Copyright (C) 2004-2019 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

c:\program files\mercurial\hg.exe:
        Verified:       Unsigned
        Link date:      17:49 9-7-2019
        Publisher:      n/a
        Company:        n/a
        Description:    Fast scalable distributed SCM (revision control, version control) system
        Product:        mercurial
        Prod version:   5.0.2
        File version:   5.0.2
        MachineType:    64-bit

Forcing x86 of Mercurial

Since I use chocolatey for most my installs, I forced x86 the Chocolatey way:

So after these:

choco uninstall --yes hg
choco install --yes --force86 hg

I got this signature check:

C:\>sigcheck "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mercurial\hg.exe"

Sigcheck v2.72 - File version and signature viewer
Copyright (C) 2004-2019 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com

c:\program files (x86)\mercurial\hg.exe:
        Verified:       Unsigned
        Link date:      17:50 9-7-2019
        Publisher:      n/a
        Company:        n/a
        Description:    Fast scalable distributed SCM (revision control, version control) system
        Product:        mercurial
        Prod version:   5.0.2
        File version:   5.0.2
        MachineType:    32-bit

–jeroen

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