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Access 2002 mde in 2003 runtime environment

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Hi,

Here is my situation. Can anyone provide insight?

I have developed a database in Access 2002. I am planning to distribute it
as a split MDE (front) / MDB (back) to be used by the Access runtime and
also full-version. Some of the client workstations will have Access 2002
installed. Most of them will have the runtime installed.

However, I can't find the Office 2002 Developer Edition anywhere! Nobody has
it in stock. So, I am considering using Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003.
But, I have the following concerns:

- I do not have Office 2003. Do I need it in order to use the tools for
packaging and distributing the runtime?
- How do these tools operate? As add-ins to Access, or completely
stand-alone?
- Is everything compatible? Can I use the 2003 runtime with 2002 mde or mdb?
From what I understand, there are no file-format issues with moving from
2002 to 2003.

Has anyone gone through this? Or perhaps know of a Canadian supplier still
carrying Office 2002 Developer Edition?

Thanks,
Colin
Nov 12 '05 #1
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