Installing 32-bit or 64-bit BioNumerics?

Question: 
Which BioNumerics version should I download and install? The 32-bit or 64-bit version?
Answer: 

Since the release of version 7.5, BioNumerics is available in a native 64-bit application as well as in a 32-bit version. All earlier BioNumerics releases were 32-bit applications. The recommended version depends on the Windows operating system on which the software will be installed (you can check the Windows version on your computer via Control panel > System):

  • On a 32-bit Windows operating system, please download and install the 32-bit BioNumerics version. The 64-bit BioNumerics version cannot be installed on a 32-bit system. Windows XP: Please note that BioNumerics version 7.5 is incompatible with and cannot be installed on a Windows XP system. As Windows XP is not supported by Microsoft anymore, we recommend contacting your IT administrator for upgrading your computer to a more recent operating system. Meanwhile, BioNumerics version 7.1 can still be downloaded and installed. Version 7.1 is compatible with Windows XP.
  • On a 64-bit Windows operating system, it is generally recommended to install the 64-bit BioNumerics version. This is because BioNumerics 64-bit — like any other native 64-bit application — can address more memory on a 64-bit operating system and runs somewhat faster, which will improve the calculation speed and overall responsiveness of the software.

However, since BioNumerics 64-bit is not compatible with MS Access, it is not recommended to install the 64-bit version in any of following scenarios:

  • Data from one or more external MS Access databases need to be imported on a routine basis into a BioNumerics database.
  • When using an MS Access connected database in BioNumerics that is shared by other applications (e.g. data in the database are manipulated directly in MS Access, via a web service, etc.).

Please note that the 64-bit BioNumerics version requires 64-bit ODBC drivers when using relational databases such as MS SQL Server, MySQL or Oracle. When upgrading from older versions, make sure to install and select the appropriate drivers!

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Applicable for: 
Version 7.5 - 7.6

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