How to make 32 Bit MS Access application compatible with 32 bit and 64 Bit

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Today, we are going to show you how to deal with 32 and 64 bits in ms access database and make it compatible.

Although most systems nowadays are 64-bit by default, it is still very common for Users to have a 32-bit Office installation. One of the reasons could be the smaller footprint by a 32-bit installation, compared to a 64-bit installation, or the cost of upgrading.

As a result it is often found that, an MS Access Application based on 32-bit installation that worked for many years, suddenly don’t work when installed on a 64-bit system.

The solution calls for all Declared Functions to be made 64-bit safe.

Steps in making Declared Functions safe:

It is not enough to make all Declared Functions safe for 64-bit use, we must also ensure the application can still execute on a 32-bit system. As a result we must first check to see what system is being used. Below is a code sample to demonstrate:

In the above example all that is needed is too add the keyword PtrSafe before the Function.

This however will result in an error when executed on a 32-bit version. In order to resolve this, we need to first check what system is being used as seen in the example below.

In some cases the keyword VBA7 must be replaced with WIN64, mostly when Long declarations are made for example:

It might be necessary to test either of the above methods to ensure compatibility is reached.

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Doron Farber - The Farber Consulting Group

I started to develop custom software since 1985 while using dBase III from Aston Tate. From there I moved to FoxBase and to FoxPro and ended up working with Visual FoxPro until Microsoft stopped supporting that great engine. With the Visual FoxPro, I developed the VisualRep which is Report and Query Engine. We are also a dot net development company, and one of our projects is a web scrapping from different web sites. We are Alpha AnyWhere developers, and the Avis Car Rental company trusted us with their contract management software that we developed with the Alpha Five software Engine.


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