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Is Crystal Report 14.1.9 backward compatible with Crystal Reports 13.0.20?

I have a Windows desktop application writing in Visual Studio 2015 (.Net Framework 4.5.2) that uses Crystal Reports for reporting purposes. We required that users install the "SAP Crystal Reports runtime engine for .NET framework (32-bit)" in order to use our application. The version number that you see in add/remove programs is which means SP20 is installed.

Today, a user called because the application fails to load because it cannot load a crystal reports 13.0.20 assembly. I found that they did not have the previously mentioned runtime engine installed but instead had a full version of Crystal Report 2013 SP9. The version number that you see in add/remove programs is

I think the error is telling me that isn't backwards compatible with Alternatively, maybe the newer version is 64 bit and my application needs 32 bit. That is what I am trying to find out. Is Crystal Reports backwards compatible with 13.0.20?

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  • Posted on Jun 04, 2019 at 08:53 PM

    The SDK and it's runtime used to be installed as part of the Crystal Reports developer edition (CR 2008 and older. However, it's no longer installed with Crystal and the version numbers were split when this occurred - version 13.x is for CR for VS and version 14.x is Crystal 2011 through 2016.

    Your user is not having a version mis-match issue, they just need to install the SP20 runtime, which should not interfere with the vresion of Crystal they're using.


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