32- / 64-bit systems – are they compatible, or do I need to use the same technology for all components?
Since zenon Version 7.10, our product has been available in a 32-bit & 64-bit edition. Some might be confused where the difference is or how this effects an application. This blog entry is designed to solve some of these mysteries.
The setup provides both editions automatically. So there is no add-on or separate edition to purchase or install. The setup automatically recognizes if the computer is a native 32- or 64-bit system and installs either one or both editions of zenon. Or, in other words, on a 64-bit machine the user is free to choose which edition he wants to run. Simply choose the corresponding button in the zenon Startup Tool.
On a 64-bit machine you will now find two installation folders; one for 32-bit components and one for 64-bit components:
- C:\Program Files (x86)\COPA-DATA\zenon 7.10 SP0
- C:\Program Files\COPA-DATA\zenon 7.10 SP0
The version independent files are compatible with both versions and can still be found within:
The following components in zenon are available in a 64-bit version. The rest, for example the drivers, remain as a 32-bit component, but they are automatically loaded into the 64-bit environment:
- Process Gateway
- zenon Services
As the two versions are kept completely compatible by COPA-DATA there is not much more a user needs to take care of.
- It makes no difference if a zenon project is designed in a 32-bit Editor and later opened in the 64-bit Editor (or the other way around).
- Choose freely between Editor and Runtime. Use your maintenance Laptop based on a 32-bit technology, use the Remote Transport to copy and run the project on a 64-bit based server machine.
- Also, it is not a problem to have a mixture of both editions in the Runtime. Run the server projects on a 64-bit technology while the still use a 32-bit environment.
So keep it simple, choose the technology that fits your environment best and enjoy zenon!