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Old December 2nd, 2003, 02:19 AM
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Default problem starting access

I recently started having problem with Access. When I open Access a message comes up saying a feature is not available and ask if I would like to install it.

After installing I get an error saying it cannot find system.mdw, a file required for start up.

I uninsatll Access twice and reinstalled it and still getting the same problem.

Any suggestion?
Old December 2nd, 2003, 06:49 PM
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You could always copy system.mdw to your hard drive manually, i.e. from the Office CD.
(From memory, the Office CD is basically the same as what it should be on your hard drive, but with PFILES instead of "Program Files")

Since I have a few versions of Access installed, and I think it's also dependent on which version of Windows you've got installed, but you should have system.mdw in either:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Access\System.mdw
C:\Windows\System32\system.mdw (I think this one is for Acc97)

If, for some reason you ARE using Acc97, then you should be able to check what your workgroup is by using the Workgroup Administrator

However, Microsoft, in all their wisdom, decided to incorporate that into Access itself in subsequent versions.

If you've got an mdw file somewhere - anywhere, then you could always open Access in that workgroup, by using the switch /wrkgrp
such as:
msaccess.exe /wrkgrp C:\Some\Directory\file.mdw



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