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Considerations for Working Papers 64-bit

With an increase in the availability of 64-bit processors and capacity for more RAM, CaseWare has developed and released an upgraded version of Working Papers designed to take full advantage of current technologies. This results in continued stability for larger CaseView documents and generally enhanced application performance, as afforded by increased memory in 64-bit architectures.

In terms of program functionality and user interface, the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Working Papers are identical.

Note: Working Papers 2016 is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, however, starting from Working Papers 2017 and onwards, only 64-bit will be available. If you are still deciding on whether to upgrade, see Upgrade now or later? for additional considerations.

In addition to the base Working Papers system requirements, the 64-bit version has the following requirements:

  • x64 based processor and 64-bit operating system.

    To check the type of processor and operating system installed:

    • Click Start (or Start menu).

    • Type "Computer".

    • Right-click on Computer (or This PC) and select Properties.

    • Under System information, check the System type.

  • Minimum 2GB of RAM (8GB recommended for optimal performance).

  • Ensure no security policies will prevent installation to or operation from the default CaseWare installation folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\CaseWare\.

  • Working Papers 2016 (64-bit) is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office.

  • Connector 2016 is also compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office. No additional installation steps are required.

  • SmartSync Server is compatible with both Working Papers 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

  • The File Service Server must use the 32-bit version of Working Papers, regardless of the bit version installed for users.

  • For Working Papers 64-bit imports, ensure that the correct 64-bit SQL 2005 Backward Compatibility component is installed. Click here to download the SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility 64-bit component.

It is recommended that a firm (organization) deploy only one bit version of Working Papers across the entire firm.

  1. Only one Working Papers installation can reside on a machine at one time; it is not possible to install both the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version of Working Papers on the same machine.

  2. Working Papers engagement files can be created in the 32-bit Working Papers installation and accessed by users with the 64-bit Working Papers installation (and vice versa); the file formats are compatible.

  3. Hotfixes/patches are bit-specific and therefore cannot be applied between 32-bit and 64-bit installations.

If you are deciding on whether to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Working Papers now or in the future, consider the following:

  • You cannot upgrade unless both your hardware and software meet the minimum requirements outlined above.

  • If you meet the minimum requirements for 64-bit Working Papers, then consider upgrading your entire firm to 64-bit together to take full advantage of your current infrastructure - and improved stability and performance to Working Papers.

    It is not recommended to upgrade some users now and some users later as outlined above (Compatibility between Working Papers 32-bit and 64-bit).

  • If you meet the minimum requirements for 64-bit Working Papers, you can still use the 32-bit version of Working Papers as all 32-bit Windows applications are compatible with 64-bit Windows operating systems. However, note that Working Papers 2017 and above will only be available in a 64-bit version.