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  • When they ask you to make a choice from these 2 downloads is this the Access 32 or 64 bit, or the operating System

    Thanks for any help..........Bob

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  • The OS.

    -Tom. Microsoft Access MVP

    Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:08 AM
  • Well, just about everyone runs x64 bits.

    So the version and choice between the above two?

    It is for the version of Access you are running. In fact, your OS you are running does not matter here. What ONLY matters is the version your choose from above has to match your version of Office/Access you are running.

    In effect, if you match up the version of Access you want, then your OS size does not matter.

    You only have to match up the version of access run time you want - your OS will not matter.

    the only exception to above is of course if you are running a x32 bit OS, and you try to install access x64 - that will not work.

    So the question and choice being asked here ONLY applies to the version of Office or Access you want to run.


    Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP 2003-2017)

    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:48 PM
  • If you have 32-bit Windows you can only install 32-bit software 

    If you have 64-bit Windows, you can decide whether to install 32-bit or 64-bit software

    Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:46 PM
  • The question is if you want to install a 32 or 64-bit version of Access.

    If you are running a 32-bit OS, then you have no choice, you have to install the 32-bit version of the runtime, but if you are running a 64-bit OS the choice is yours.

    Typically, the 32-bit version is recommended.  So unless you have special requirements, then you'd use the 32-bit version.  That said, if you have other office components installed then you would match the bitness of your existing installation and obviously, normally you'd match the bitness of the database you plan on using/running.

    Daniel Pineault, 2010-2019 Microsoft MVP
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    Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:28 AM