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Access 97 runtime


I'm searching a runtime to read access databases on computers which doesn't
have access installed. I found this runtime for access 2000, but I would
prefer to use the access 97 "reader".

Do you know where to download it ?

Thanks and sorry for this bad english.

Nov 13 '05 #1
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The runtime package and deployment system for ms-access is not a free
download, but a commercial product that you must pay for.
Also, the runtime is not very appropriate for distribution to just "view"
some data. The runtime is in fact a full install of ms-access. The access
2000 runtime was as large as 150 megs in size (that is far too large for
easy web downloading). So, forcing users to install a large program like
ms-access (and the runtime is the same size) to just view some data is
asking a lot of your users. And, all kinds of problems of running multiple
versions of ms-access etc still occur when you do his.

If you just have some data..why not use the HTML export ability of
ms-access? Or, perhaps export the data as a Excel sheet?

It is not clear here if you are trying to distribute some data...or you are
trying to distribute an actual application + data?

You can certainly build a runtime install with ms-access for wide
distribution, but the cost of this may, or may not be justified in your

If you have the a2000 runtime already, then you don't really care what
version of ms-access...do you? And, if you do eventually conclude that the
runtime is the only option for you..then I suggest you purchase some install
scripts for ms-access here:


Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Nov 13 '05 #2

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