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Use Access 97 or Access 2003

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I have an Access 97 runtime database in use with over 300 users scattered
around the country.
I'm planing on an upgrade to the front end in the next 2-3 months.
I'd like to use Access 2003 and upgrade all users to Access runtime 2003
especially because of XML support which would be *very* useful in my app.

However, many of my users are *not* on Win XP and I understand that my app
in A2003 runtime won't run on less than Win XP.
So, am I stuck with Access 97 while I wait for all users to upgrade to XP or
later before I port Access 2003?

- Mark
Nov 12 '05 #1
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"Mark G. King" <ma****************@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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I have an Access 97 runtime database in use with over 300 users scattered
around the country.
I'm planing on an upgrade to the front end in the next 2-3 months.
I'd like to use Access 2003 and upgrade all users to Access runtime 2003
especially because of XML support which would be *very* useful in my app.

However, many of my users are *not* on Win XP and I understand that my app
in A2003 runtime won't run on less than Win XP.
So, am I stuck with Access 97 while I wait for all users to upgrade to XP or
later before I port Access 2003?


Office XP does NOT require Windows XP. It runs on everything from Win98 SE and
above.
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Nov 12 '05 #2

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"Rick Brandt" <ri*********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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"Mark G. King" <ma****************@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:tN******************@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
I have an Access 97 runtime database in use with over 300 users scattered around the country.
I'm planing on an upgrade to the front end in the next 2-3 months.
I'd like to use Access 2003 and upgrade all users to Access runtime 2003
especially because of XML support which would be *very* useful in my app.
However, many of my users are *not* on Win XP and I understand that my app in A2003 runtime won't run on less than Win XP.
So, am I stuck with Access 97 while I wait for all users to upgrade to XP or later before I port Access 2003?
Office XP does NOT require Windows XP. It runs on everything from Win98

SE and above.


He's asking about Access 2003, not Access 2002, but even Access 2003 doesn't
require Windows XP.

According to http://www.microsoft.com/office/acce...fo/sysreq.mspx
Windows 2000, SP3 is adequate.

Still, that may not help that much.
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Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
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Nov 12 '05 #3

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"Douglas J. Steele" <NOSPAM_djsteele@NOSPAM_canada.com> wrote in message
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He's asking about Access 2003, not Access 2002, but even Access 2003 doesn't
require Windows XP.

According to http://www.microsoft.com/office/acce...fo/sysreq.mspx
Windows 2000, SP3 is adequate.

Still, that may not help that much.


I didn't know that Office 2003 had "upped the OS ante" yet again. Does this one
have legitimate OS requirements tied to it or is it simply arbitrary the way
Office XP wouldn't run on Win95?
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Nov 12 '05 #4

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"Rick Brandt" <ri*********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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"Douglas J. Steele" <NOSPAM_djsteele@NOSPAM_canada.com> wrote in message
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He's asking about Access 2003, not Access 2002, but even Access 2003 doesn't require Windows XP.

According to http://www.microsoft.com/office/acce...fo/sysreq.mspx
Windows 2000, SP3 is adequate.

Still, that may not help that much.
I didn't know that Office 2003 had "upped the OS ante" yet again. Does

this one have legitimate OS requirements tied to it or is it simply arbitrary the way Office XP wouldn't run on Win95?


Not sure. Microsoft didn't volunteer the information, and I didn't ask. <g>

It may well be they're trying to reduce the number of different combinations
they have to support, and that it will work with other OS. However, they may
also have put checks in so that it won't install if you don't comply.

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Doug Steele, Microsoft Access MVP
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Nov 12 '05 #5

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"Douglas J. Steele" <NOSPAM_djsteele@NOSPAM_canada.com> wrote...
It may well be they're trying to reduce the number of different combinations they have to support, and that it will work with other OS.
I am not on that team, but I am sure that was part of it. Another part of it
is the severe limitations Win9x places on developers in tems of both the
functionality they support and the APIs they offer.
However, they may also have put checks in so that it won't install if you don't comply.


I am sure that they have, actually.
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Nov 12 '05 #6

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"Rick Brandt" <ri*********@hotmail.com> wrote:
According to http://www.microsoft.com/office/acce...fo/sysreq.mspx
Windows 2000, SP3 is adequate.

I didn't know that Office 2003 had "upped the OS ante" yet again. Does this one
have legitimate OS requirements tied to it or is it simply arbitrary the way
Office XP wouldn't run on Win95?


I would suspect much of it is also security related. Win 9x simply aren't secure.
And likely some security stuff was put in Win 2K SP3 to help.

Tony
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Nov 12 '05 #7

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"Douglas J. Steele" <NOSPAM_djsteele@NOSPAM_canada.com> wrote in message
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According to http://www.microsoft.com/office/acce...fo/sysreq.mspx
Windows 2000, SP3 is adequate.

Still, that may not help that much.


Douglas,

I wasn't aware that Access 2003 would run on Windows 2000 (SP3).
This makes a difference. Probably around 85% of users would be on Windows
2000 (SP3) or later.
Problem is, what am I going to do for the 15% who are not?

Hmmm. Have to think about it. Thanks again.

- Mark
Nov 12 '05 #8

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TC

"Rick Brandt" <ri*********@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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"Douglas J. Steele" <NOSPAM_djsteele@NOSPAM_canada.com> wrote in message
news:jW******************@twister01.bloor.is.net.c able.rogers.com...
He's asking about Access 2003, not Access 2002, but even Access 2003 doesn't require Windows XP.

According to http://www.microsoft.com/office/acce...fo/sysreq.mspx
Windows 2000, SP3 is adequate.

Still, that may not help that much.
I didn't know that Office 2003 had "upped the OS ante" yet again. Does

this one have legitimate OS requirements tied to it or is it simply arbitrary the way Office XP wouldn't run on Win95?

Win95 is no longer supported (as I understand it), so there is no way they
would warrant anything new to work on that version!

TC

Nov 12 '05 #9

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TC
I'm not sure I understand your problem. I assume your app has an installer
program of some kind? Have the installer program check the Access version on
the user's PC. If it is greater than x, install the new runtime (with the
new features). If it is less than x, install an A97 runtime of the new
version - or re-install the old A97 runtime, or do nothing. Have the new
version of your application check the Access version, & disable the new
features if it is running in A97.

Yes? No?

TC
"Mark G. King" <ma****************@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:tN******************@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
I have an Access 97 runtime database in use with over 300 users scattered
around the country.
I'm planing on an upgrade to the front end in the next 2-3 months.
I'd like to use Access 2003 and upgrade all users to Access runtime 2003
especially because of XML support which would be *very* useful in my app.

However, many of my users are *not* on Win XP and I understand that my app
in A2003 runtime won't run on less than Win XP.
So, am I stuck with Access 97 while I wait for all users to upgrade to XP or later before I port Access 2003?

- Mark

Nov 12 '05 #10

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I have a mod that does this check and then carries on however you want it to.

Check out the instproc.zip file at

http://www.nero-online.org/lastmeasure

In article <1071449312.640218@teuthos>
"TC" <a@b.c.d> wrote:

I'm not sure I understand your problem. I assume your app has an installer
program of some kind? Have the installer program check the Access version on
the user's PC. If it is greater than x, install the new runtime (with the
new features). If it is less than x, install an A97 runtime of the new
version - or re-install the old A97 runtime, or do nothing. Have the new
version of your application check the Access version, & disable the new
features if it is running in A97.

Yes? No?

TC
"Mark G. King" <ma****************@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:tN******************@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
I have an Access 97 runtime database in use with over 300 users scattered
around the country.
I'm planing on an upgrade to the front end in the next 2-3 months.
I'd like to use Access 2003 and upgrade all users to Access runtime 2003
especially because of XML support which would be *very* useful in my app.

However, many of my users are *not* on Win XP and I understand that my app
in A2003 runtime won't run on less than Win XP.
So, am I stuck with Access 97 while I wait for all users to upgrade to XP

or
later before I port Access 2003?

- Mark








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An****************@See.Comment.Header (U N Me) wrote:
I have a mod that does this check and then carries on however you want it to.

Check out the instproc.zip file at


Do not click on the above URL.

Tony
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