Access 97 compatibility issues with Windows XP

MS Office Access


  • 1. All applications work but Access
    When I try to run Access 2003 Windows installer comes up, after a moment it shows "Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Ofice Professional Edition 2003". Access never loads and has not worked since System Restore. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  • 2. How do I set up a tickler or alert mechanism in Access?
    I have a project the requires an alert for upcoming dates. Does Access have any thing other than a query that will do a tickler?
  • 3. Package installation location and VISTA
    I have a 2003 application I package with the 2003 Deveoper Package Wizard and include the runtime version of access 2003. Since \program files is considered a "sensitve" location on VISTA I need to find another location to install my application but none of the choices in the package wizard suit my needs. My app needs to be installed for use by ALL USERS. The only choices I have that will install the apap for all users are these: program files - which is out for VISTA - since it's "sensitve" all kinds of message appear during application use. userappdata - which I initially liked but it installs to the the application data folder and it is a hidden folder so it makes troubleshooting with the client difficult. commonfiles - this one is also out because it installs to the c:\program files folder as well. All I really want to do is install my application to the root of c:\ which will make VISTA happy AND I can easily direct my end users to it during tech support. How can i do that with the developer packaging wizard or is there a better solution? Thanks in advance.
  • 4. Access reports create infinite blank pages
    Re Office XP 2002 I have an issue with Access which will not display data in a report. Instead, I just get an infinite number of blank pages. This happens if I create new reports. I can get around this by utilising an existing report from another db file, created prior to the start of this problem. I just delete everything in the existing report and continue from there. I have tried uninstalling (Clicking 鈥楻emove鈥?in Add/Remove Programs) the whole of the Office XP installation and reinstalling, but the problem remains. I have noted that after the re-installation is complete, all of my e-mails and settings remained and configured correctly. I presume the Office installation was not completely removed initially. Has anyone had this problem and how can I completely remove the Office installation; so that I can re-install everything associated with Office XP and ensure that I am replacing ALL files with the CD versions from the Office disc. Many thanks. Pete.
  • 5. Comdlg32.ocx Error
    I have a brand new laptop I just bought running Windows XP SP2 and a new installation of Office 2007. When I try to open an old Access DB it says COMDLG32.OCX missing. Can someone tell me where on microsofts site I can download this from? Thanks R

Access 97 compatibility issues with Windows XP

Postby Gene Porter » Sat, 06 Dec 2003 22:59:08 GMT

I've just used Access 97 to create an application that is 
going to end up being run in a Windows XP environment.  I 
removed Office XP Small Business from the XP system in an 
attempt to avoid DLL issues, but after installing my 
Access 97 application on the XP system, I get an error 
message to the effect that Access cannot find MSO9.DLL 
when I try to bring it up.  Any ideas?

Access 97 compatibility issues with Windows XP

Postby Gene Porter » Sat, 06 Dec 2003 23:07:51 GMT

I found the answer to my question in article #296259.  
Thanks, Microsoft!

Re: Access 97 compatibility issues with Windows XP

Postby Joan Wild » Sun, 07 Dec 2003 01:01:52 GMT

One of the following KB articles should help:

ACC97: "Can't Find File MSO9.DLL" Error When Starting Access (Q237979)

ACC97: Error Message: The Dynamic Link Library Mso9.dll Could Not Be Located

Joan Wild
Microsoft Access MVP

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1.Access 97 compatibility issues with Windows XP

"Peter" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message
news:070101c37bfa$bd354050$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM ...
> Hi,
> I am currently doing a project to migrate our operating
> system from Windows NT to Windows XP.  We have decided to
> keep our Microsoft Access 97 application for now.
> However, does anyone know if there are any issues with
> running Access 97 on Windows XP (this includes issues with
> VBA)??
> Your help is much appreciated.

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My firm uses Access 97 for a custom-built accounting program. On
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on Windows XP a new problem has cropped up.

Our app has a front end database and a backend database. Using some
custom code, we allow one user the ability to switch between two
different backend datbases with the same frontend.

On 98/2000, the system would close the previous backend and open the
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On XP, however, switching to another backend DOES NOT close the
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without turning off the application. This problem renders the
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Does anyone have ideas about why XP does not release the locks on the
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