Upgrading from build 85 to build 86
If you are upgrading your Compleat Botanica from build 85 to build 86 you should be aware of certain compatibilty issues with SQL Server Desktop Engine. Versions of the Compleat Botanica labeled as Build 85 and earlier were distributed with the baseline version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine. Versions of the Compleat Botanica labeled as Build 86 and higher are being distributed with Service Pack 3a of the Desktop Engine.
The table below shows that you can safely use either version of the Desktop Engine with any version of the Compleat Botanica that is higher than (or equal to) build 86. If you need to continue using an older version of the Compeat Botanica (build 85 and earlier) you'll need to use the baseline version of the Desktop Engine that was distributed with the software.
This restriction therfore only applies to users that have upgraded to a new version of the software and for some reason need to uninstall the new version and reinstall the older version. Users in this situation must uninstall both the Compleat Botanica software and the new version of Desktop Engine before attempting to reinstall the older version of the Compleat Botanica.
The typical user wishing to run a new version of the Compleat Botanica may do so without bothering to upgrade their copy of the Desktop Engine.
Even though the Desktop Engine upgrade is optional, Crescent Bloom recommends that users take the time to install the new version so that they can be safegaurded against the Slammer virus and other potential security issues that have been resolved with the new version of Desktop Engine.
Compatibility between Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine versions
How to identify the Desktop Engine service pack installed
When you need to identify which service pack is installed, check the Compleat Botanica's "Citations and Credits" page to find the exact version number for the SQL Server Desktop Engine, then use this table to look up which service pack is installed.
Hardware and software prerequisites
Disk space requirements for The Compleat Botanica
Microsoft Internet Explorer requirements
Additional software installed during setup of The Compleat Botanica
Screen resolution and minimum display size
Last reviewed March 25, 2004