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Running an MDE file on a system without Access

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Hello. I am new to the forum and hope I don't break any of the rules.

I created an Access DB using Access 2000 on an XP Pro SP2 system. I split the DB, then created an MDE file. I then took the MDE file to another XP Pro SP2 machine that does not have any MS Office products loaded. When I attempt to execute the MDE file on the second machine I get the "Windows cannot open this file" dialog. It needs to know what program created the file.

What do I need (other than Access) on the second machine that will permit the MDE to execute?

Any suggestions/help would be appreciated.
Mar 13 '07 #1
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ADezii
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Hello. I am new to the forum and hope I don't break any of the rules.

I created an Access DB using Access 2000 on an XP Pro SP2 system. I split the DB, then created an MDE file. I then took the MDE file to another XP Pro SP2 machine that does not have any MS Office products loaded. When I attempt to execute the MDE file on the second machine I get the "Windows cannot open this file" dialog. It needs to know what program created the file.

What do I need (other than Access) on the second machine that will permit the MDE to execute?

Any suggestions/help would be appreciated.
This isn't my area, but I think that you will still need Access installed on the 2nd XP Pro Machine in order to run the .MDE. Your only other solution may be the Runtime Version of Access.
Mar 13 '07 #2

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ATB
This isn't my area, but I think that you will still need Access installed on the 2nd XP Pro Machine in order to run the .MDE. Your only other solution may be the Runtime Version of Access.
Thanks ADezii. I guess I have always written Access DBs in the corporate environment (I am retired now and working/playing at home) and was not even aware there is a "runtime" version. I will investigate that. I appreciate the rapid response. Thanks again.
Mar 13 '07 #3

ADezii
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Thanks ADezii. I guess I have always written Access DBs in the corporate environment (I am retired now and working/playing at home) and was not even aware there is a "runtime" version. I will investigate that. I appreciate the rapid response. Thanks again.
No problem.
Mar 13 '07 #4

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