NAV Version Upgrades

Lots of users miss the fact that their installation has not one but TWO versions. This information is found from the Help>About Microsoft Dynamics NAV menu. The first version shown is the database version and the second version inside the parentheses is the executable version.  In this case the executable version is 6.32012, meaning NAV 2009 build 32012.  Yes NAV 2009 is version 6, NAV 2013 is version 7 and NAV 2015 is version 8.  Confused?  Me too!  A complete list of versions can be found here.

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It is often possible to update the executable version without updating the database version, especially as database version upgrades are typically fairly costly when there are a lot of customizations. Upgrading the executable can often provide immediate benefits at a low cost such as:

  • ensuring that you are using a supported version from Microsoft (note Microsoft support is for executable versions).
  • “black box” benefits such as access to the newest compiler
  • processing efficiencies on SQL Server as were derived by the executable upgrade to version 5, SP2.


In RTC, you will see something like this, still with two version numbers, except on separate lines.

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Please contact your solution center and ask how you might benefit from an executable-only upgrade.