Requirements and Versions
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When you download the software you are confronted with a choice of 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
The 32 and 64 bit respectively refers to the Windows operating system and the processor in your hardware. Since the early 1990's computers, hardware and software, were running in a 32 bit wide bus. That means 32 individual pieces of information could be processed as one. This was then a great jump from the previous 16 bit and in the early days 8 bit processors. Translated to an example. the biggest 8bit number is 256. That's the highest number early computers could work with without engaging in some wizardry. 16bit brings us to 32,768. 32 bit to 2 billion which is good until now. In more recent years we have seen 64bit computers emerge. Their memory and number capability is near unlimited and all major operating systems are now available to run on this new 64bit hardware.
For programmers this opens new possibilities while also confronting us with the necessity to support two versions of the software. Fortunately this is solved by Microsoft with an integrated development environment that allows you to write one set of code and create two sets of installations. The HIPAA Eligibility responder is written in Visual Studio 2010 and needs the .Net framework 4.0. The installer checks for the presence of the framework and will download it from Microsoft and install it if necessary. Programs based on .Net architecture are resource hungry. We recommend a powerful workstation with Windows7 or Vista.
If your computer has a 64 bit operating system, you should use the 64 bit version of the HIPAAsuite software. It will better utilize the available resources. The 32bit version will also run though.
If you have a 32 bit computer, you can only run the 32 bit version.