Error opening Access97 on new Windows XP User


N

Nat Sci

Hi,

I have recently added a second user to a Windows XP system. We have both
Office 97 and Office 2003 installed on this computer, and both work fine on
the orginal user. However now when I try to open Access97 (directly, from
shortcuts or by trying to open a file with Access97) I get the Access97
splash screen and then a "Access 97 has encountered a problem and needs to
close..." message.

I have managed to instead get a message stating "You don't have the license
required to use this ActiveX control.", but I can't work out if this is the
problem or just an artifact, and if it is, then what ActiveX control is it
talking about? - since this error occurs if I'm just trying to open Access97
with no database file loaded.

Any help greatly appreciated!
 
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T

Tom van Stiphout

On Mon, 8 Dec 2008 02:32:04 -0800, Nat Sci

Why don't you run your A97 database in A2003?

-Tom.
Microsoft Access MVP
 
N

Nat Sci

I have customers who are still using 97, so I have to be able to edit a few
databases in 97.
 
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N

Nat Sci

I've managed to fix the problem, so in case anyone else needs to know, here's
the solution:

I had to redo the system.mdw file. Basically, I deleted the system.mdw file
from the system32 folder, then used the Office Workgroup Administrator
(Programs, Microsoft Office) to create a new file by clicking Create...,
continuing with no ID, then entering the path C:\Windows\System32\System.mdw.
Access97 now works fine for all computer user accounts.
 

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