Upgrading PaperCut - FAQs

The process for upgrading your PaperCut software will depend on which edition you are using.

Please select an article from below that matches the edition you are using.

Common upgrade questions:

Q Do I need to pay for the upgrade?

Minor releases upgrades are always free. If your upgrade assurance is not current, there may be an upgrade cost for major upgrades. Please some take time to review the upgrade policy before proceeding.

Q Can I jump versions? e.g. I am currently running version 12.1 and would like to upgrade to 13.2. Do I need to install 12.2, 12.3, 12.4 and so on, or can I go straight to version 13.2 skipping those in between?

PaperCut’s install-over-the-top upgrade correctly handles jumps/gaps in upgrades. In this example, you may go straight to version 13.2 skipping over the releases in between.

Q Do I need to upgrade all clients, secondary servers, and site servers at the same time?

PaperCut remains basic backwards compatibility with older clients, release stations, and secondary servers to help minimise upgrade disruption with complex PaperCut installations. You may upgrade the primary server and client, secondary server, and release station components will continue to function in most cases. New features may not work until all components are fully upgraded, and any troubleshooting should start with ensuring that all component versions are the same. Backwards compatibility support ensures that the upgrades can be progressively rolled out over a number of days/weeks as time allows.

However, if your environment still accommodates any 32-bit workstations which are running the User Client or Release Station software, and you are upgrading from version 18.3 or earlier to version 19.0 or later, you may need to address these workstations at the same time you upgrade the primary Application Server. For more information, please see our End-of-life for 32-bit Operating Systems article.

Site servers are another exception to the above. In most cases, you will need to upgrade your site servers to match the version of your application server. In the period between the application server upgrade and your site server upgrade, you site servers will continue to operate in offline mode.

Q What will happen if someone tries to print while the upgrade is in process?

The PaperCut Print Provider service will be stopped during the installation, but the print spooler service will continue to process print jobs allowing printing to continue without PaperCut control. The Print Provider service will be restarted automatically at the end of the upgrade. We recommend that you perform the upgrade during a period of minimal print activity on the network.

Q Your first update to a production system?

You may find some of Matt Lee’s practical advice useful: See his blog post on managing updates before getting started.

Categories: How-to Articles, Upgrading or Downgrading

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