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Old February 6th, 2004, 01:55 PM
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Is there a way to convert an Access file so it will run on a machine without Access installed? I have Access files to distribute to clients but they do not have MS Access on their systems.
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The short answer is no. They must have Access. You can buy the developers kit that allows you to create distributable access applications. It basically installs access on their machine without giving them the ability to create their own applications.

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Yes there is a way to create an appliction and distribute it. You use MS office Developer to do that. It creates an mde appliation with all of the needed dll files, but it is a pain to deploy if pc's have MS Access installed (but your users do not). It can be a headache to re-deploy if you ever have changes.

On Dataman's point, he is right. Users can not create their own applications.

If your app is something you will be selling there are other better tools that you can use to deploy an Access mdb.



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Sal:

My intent is to sell the applications. The users will only need to run the database. I have now read up on the Developer's tools and its packaging and Access runtime features are a long the lines of what I need. What other tools would you recommend?
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Just a quick comment. If you are going to distribute the application, retail. A viable alternative to an Access frontend is to use VB to create your forms use an Access backend. Even though the fronted is using the Access database, the end user is not required to have Access installed on their machines.

If you are comfortable with VBA in Access, the transition to VB will be minimal.

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