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Error "can't create SYSTEM.MDW" ???

Dear Access gurus,

I was using since years Access 97, now under XP SP2, without any problem.
However I've just reformatted my HD (viruses...), reinstalled XP SP2, and
then I am no longer able to install Access 97 :

When executing the install, I got successively two error messages (sorry,
it's probable not exactly the same text than in the english version of
access as I've just translated what my french access says) :

- "Error while changing workgroup"
- "Impossible to create SYSTEM.MDW (-1011)"

Then when trying to launch access I get of course an error like "missing
c:\windows\syst em32\system.mdw ". I tried to copy system.mdw from another PC
but then access crashes with an "out of memory" error !

What's happening ? Any help welcome...

PS : As an urgent workaround, is there any open source database front-end
that that "read" acces DB and forms ?

Many thanks,
Robert
Nov 13 '05 #1
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Rog
Sorry if I state the obvious, but do you have write access to the
system32 folder? Are you using an admin account for the installation?

Nov 13 '05 #2
"Rog" <de********@sta te.gov> a 閏rit dans le message de news:
11************* *********@o13g2 00...legr oups.com...
Sorry if I state the obvious, but do you have write access to the
system32 folder? Are you using an admin account for the installation?


Thanks, but I am administrator (and the only account on my PC). I can create
or modify a file in system32 without any issue from the explorer. Any other
idea ?
Nov 13 '05 #3
Robert Lacoste wrote:
"Rog" <de********@sta te.gov> a 閏rit dans le message de news:
11************* *********@o13g2 00...legr oups.com...
Sorry if I state the obvious, but do you have write access to the
system32 folder? Are you using an admin account for the installation?


Thanks, but I am administrator (and the only account on my PC). I can create
or modify a file in system32 without any issue from the explorer. Any other
idea ?


I can't see the original post. I ran into this when I had components of
Office 97 and 2003 on my PC at the same time. Check the read only
attribute for the system32 folder and turn it off. I know you can
change files in system32, but humour me 8) and check the folder attribute.

There's a work around if this doesnt work, but you won't like it.
--
Tim http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~tmarshal/
^o<
/#) "Burp-beep, burp-beep, burp-beep?" - Quaker Jake
/^^ "Whatcha doin?" - Ditto "TIM-MAY!!" - Me
Nov 13 '05 #4
On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 09:23:00 +0100, "Robert Lacoste"
<see-www-alciom-com-for-email@spam> wrote:

You must still have virus or other problems. I have done this
procedure many times without this problem.
Perhaps you're installing from an infected source?

-Tom.

Dear Access gurus,

I was using since years Access 97, now under XP SP2, without any problem.
However I've just reformatted my HD (viruses...), reinstalled XP SP2, and
then I am no longer able to install Access 97 :

When executing the install, I got successively two error messages (sorry,
it's probable not exactly the same text than in the english version of
access as I've just translated what my french access says) :

- "Error while changing workgroup"
- "Impossible to create SYSTEM.MDW (-1011)"

Then when trying to launch access I get of course an error like "missing
c:\windows\sys tem32\system.md w". I tried to copy system.mdw from another PC
but then access crashes with an "out of memory" error !

What's happening ? Any help welcome...

PS : As an urgent workaround, is there any open source database front-end
that that "read" acces DB and forms ?

Many thanks,
Robert


Nov 13 '05 #5

"Tom van Stiphout" <no************ *@cox.net> a 閏rit dans le message de
news: 9o************* *************** ****@4ax.com...
On Thu, 3 Mar 2005 09:23:00 +0100, "Robert Lacoste"
<see-www-alciom-com-for-email@spam> wrote:

You must still have virus or other problems. I have done this
procedure many times without this problem.
Perhaps you're installing from an infected source?


Be sure I'm installing from a very official Microsoft CD...

The "readonly" floag for system32 is effectively turned on, but this doesn't
seems to prevent me to write files in this folder. Moreover I can't turn it
on (basically it is back to "on" after I've switched it off. Strange...

Nov 13 '05 #6

"Tim Marshall" <TI****@PurpleP andaChasers.Moe rtherium> a 閏rit dans le
message de news: d0**********@co ranto.ucs.mun.c a...
Robert Lacoste wrote:
I can't see the original post. I ran into this when I had components of
Office 97 and 2003 on my PC at the same time. Check the read only
attribute for the system32 folder and turn it off. I know you can change
files in system32, but humour me 8) and check the folder attribute.


Thanks Tim ! Effectively the readonly attribute is on (but this doesn't
prevent me to write in it as an administrator). HOwever I'm not able to turn
it off (It accepts, but is still on if I recheck). Any idea ?

Cheers,
Robert
Nov 13 '05 #7
Rog
You get a read-only check on a folder (at least in XP, not sure about
other OS) if at least one of the files in the folder is read-only. So
it's normal that it wouldn't prevent you from writing files. If you
select all the files instead of just the folder you should be able to
remove the read-only check.

Nov 13 '05 #8
PROBLEM SOLVED !!! Many thanks Geoff for the wonderfull tip regarding the
RAM bug ! Effectively the issue came from the "more than 1GB of RAM" error
existing in the older versions of Access. In fact this bug seems to have two
consequences :
- When you try to install Access 97 from original CD on a PC with more than
1GB of ram (XP SP2), the install fails ("can't create system.mdb")
- If you try to manually copy the system.mdb file from another PC then the
launch of access fails, still when having more than 1GB of RAM ("out of
memory" error).

As this can be useful to other, here is what I've done :

- Starting with a PC under XP SP2
- REMORE RAM from the computer, to go under 1GB (I've went down to 256MB to
be sure..)
- Install access 97 (no longer problem during the installation, but
execution still fails)
- REINSTALL RAM
- Download the MS Jet Database engine version 3.51 SP3 from microsoft.com
- Then Access is working again !

Many thanks again, without this newsgroup and without Geoff I am 99,99% sure
that I would still be locked with that issue, the Internet support is
greaaaaat !

Friendly yours,
Robert
Nov 13 '05 #9
"Rog" <de********@sta te.gov> a 閏rit dans le message de news:
11************* *********@l41g2 00...legr oups.com...
You get a read-only check on a folder (at least in XP, not sure about
other OS) if at least one of the files in the folder is read-only. So
it's normal that it wouldn't prevent you from writing files. If you
select all the files instead of just the folder you should be able to
remove the read-only check.


Thanks for the tip, as indicated if was not the cause of my problem but
that's good to know !
Nov 13 '05 #10

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