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VB DIR command and FSO file exists not working in vb6 with Windows Vista 64 bit

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When I loop through a list of driver paths that I enumerated from the registry and test if they exists using FSO, it works fine in Windows XP, but not in Vista 64 bit. I created a simple Visual Basic 6 exe with 6 lines of code (see code below). It works in Windows XP, but in Windows Vista 64 bit, it shows that the file does not exist. Here is the odd part. Two of the roughly 100 drivers paths that are enumerated show that they exist. Files that are not in the system32 folder also work fine. Also, if I create a vbscript with the same code, it works fine. Seems like maybe a bug, but not sure. And I have verified multiple that the file does truly exist. I decided to use VB6's built-in DIR command, but it does the same thing. Not sure what to do here.
Private Sub Command1_Click()
    'THIS CODE WORKS IN XP OR VBSCRIPT, BUT FAILS
    'WHEN RAN IN VISUAL BASIC 6 WITH VISTA 64 BIT
    Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    'A VERIFIED FILE
    sFile = "C:\windows\system32\drivers\smb.sys"
    If objFSO.FileExists(sFile) Then
        MsgBox "file exists"
    Else
        MsgBox "File does not exist."
    End If
    'IN VISTA 64 BIT, THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS NOT EXIST
End Sub

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    'THIS CODE WORKS IN XP OR VBSCRIPT, BUT FAILS
    'WHEN RAN IN VISUAL BASIC 6 WITH VISTA 64 BIT
    'A VERIFIED FILE
    sFile = "C:\windows\system32\drivers\smb.sys"
    If Dir(sFile) <> "" Then
        MsgBox "file exists"
    Else
        MsgBox "File does not exist."
    End If
    'IN VISTA 64 BIT, THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS NOT EXIST
End Sub

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On 64 bit PC look in the WOW64 folder rather than the system32

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That does seem to be the issue. I figured out that if I use WMI to get file properties, it seems to be able to get 32 and 64 bit properties just fine.
Function getProperties(strFilePath)
    strFilePath = Replace(strFilePath, "\", "\\")
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & "." & "\root\cimv2")
    Set colFiles = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from CIM_Datafile Where name = '" & strFilePath & "'")
    
    If colFiles.Count > 0 Then
        strFileExist = "yes"
        strFilePath = Replace(strFilePath, "\\", "\") 'ADD ESCAPE CHARACTER FOR WMI
        For Each objFile In colFiles
            If objFile.fileSize <> "" Then fileSize = objFile.fileSize
            If objFile.Manufacturer <> "" Then fileCompany = objFile.Manufacturer
            If objFile.Version <> "" Then fileVersion = objFile.Version
        Next
    Else
        strFileExist = "no"
            fileCreateDate = ""
            fileCompany = ""
            fileVersion = ""
            fileSize = ""
    End If
End Function

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