Distributing MDE Front-End / Access 2007

Discussion in 'Access Conversion' started by ErikFM, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. ErikFM

    ErikFM Guest


    I've been a user of these forums for a long time, and it is by far the #1
    Access resource on the web. I would like to ask a question about dealing with
    some conversion and distribution issues.

    Basically, I designed a complete database in Access 2007 (.accdb), and then
    converted it (using Save As) to an Access 2003 version (.mdb).

    Next I opened up this .mdb file, and used the options available in the Ribbon
    to split the database into a Front-end and Back-end.

    I then converted the Front-end database (.mdb) into a .mde file for
    distribution across our company's WAN. Users will copy the .mde file from a
    shared network folder onto their desktop, and then double-click on that file
    to access the database.

    There's only one problem... those users in our company who have Access 2003
    are receiving the 'Database in Unrecognizable Format' error, telling them to
    upgrade to Access 2007.

    Any thoughts on how I could get around this? Was the fact that I used the
    Ribbon to split the database an influence on anything? Should I check my VBA
    code for any 2007-only references?

    Hopefully I will not have to completely redesign the database from scratch
    using Access 2003.

    ErikFM, Jan 8, 2010
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  2. Hum, I don't know how you created an mde using access 2007, it not possible.

    You an ONLY create an mde in the SAME version of ms-access.

    If you MUST distribute mde's to the 2003 users, you need access 2003 to
    create that mde.

    From day one, you always had to use the SAME version of ms-access to create
    an mde.

    (perhaps you changed the file extension, but that will not actually create
    an mde).

    So, you can most certainly use the save-as feature to create an 2003
    database, but you can't create an 2003 mde using access 2007.

    Some suggestions:

    use the free 2007 runtime, and distribute and 2007 mde (which will actually
    be an accDE file).

    use the save-as to create the 2003 mdb file, and then on a machine with
    access 2003, create the mde file.
    Albert D. Kallal, Jan 9, 2010
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  3. Tony Toews [MVP], Jan 10, 2010
  4. Ok.

    I thought 2007 only creates accDE, not mde...
    Albert D. Kallal, Jan 11, 2010
  5. Thanks everyone. That solution was the fix.

    Here's what I had to do:

    In Access 2007:

    1. Save as 2002-2003 database.

    Then I borrowed a coworker's PC which still had Access 2003 on it.

    In Access 2003:

    1. Split database (using Network Places to navigate to the folder)
    2. Convert the .mdb front end into an MDE file.

    Worked like a charm!
    ErikFM via AccessMonster.com, Jan 11, 2010
  6. Trust me. It does. I figured I'd better not look like a fool so I made
    a one form MDB in A2007 and made an MDE out of it. <smile>

    Tony Toews, Microsoft Access MVP
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    Tony Toews [MVP], Jan 12, 2010
  7. MDB is a native format for A2007.

    I keep saying this over and over and over and over again, but people
    don't seem to want to believe it.

    Microsoft seems to have discovered a great way to kill MDB format,
    by making people think it's outdated.

    David W. Fenton, Jan 12, 2010
  8. There was no need for this -- you could have done all you needed to
    do in A2007.

    MDB is a NATIVE FORMAT in A2007. It is fully usable in A2007 and is
    not superseded by ACCDB.
    David W. Fenton, Jan 12, 2010
  9. I was going to test, but then I realized I'd have to go through the
    damned reconfiguration rigamarole, so read ahead and saw that you'd
    done it already!
    David W. Fenton, Jan 12, 2010
  10. Hi David,

    I'm not certain about that. I tried doing everything in 2007 the first time
    and users were getting an error, but when I made the MDE using 2003 there
    were no issues. I know that Access 2007 can open MDBs and make MDEs, but for
    some reason an error was being thrown when users tried to open the MDE made
    with Acess 2007. See my original post for a recap of the issue.

    Thanks for everyone's advice!
    ErikFM via AccessMonster.com, Jan 13, 2010
  11. My mistake -- I missed the MDE conversion.

    Yes, MDEs have to be made in the lowest version in use. A2003 can
    run only A2003 MDEs and earlier (well, it can't run an A97 MDE, but
    it can run A2000 and A2002 MDEs). A2007 can run an A2003-compiled
    David W. Fenton, Jan 15, 2010
  12. Now I know why I had this issue in the first place. :)

    Thanks, David!
    ErikFM via AccessMonster.com, Jan 15, 2010
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