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    User DB (2000xp )

    I use Access, and have designed a data base for my company. Something I read, prompted the following question.
    Is it possible to build an Access data base that can be used as a stand-alone (Without the Access engine)?
    Any one! <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

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    Re: User DB (2000xp )

    The short answer is No.

    However, if you have the Developer Edition of Microsoft Office, you can distribute the runtime version of Access to users who don't have Access, together with your database. They will be able to use the database, but they won't be able to view or modify the design of database objects. Unfortunately, Office 2000 Developer Edition is not sold by Microsoft any more, and from previous threads about this subject, I get the impression that it has become very difficult to find a (legal) copy. The Developer Edition has been succeeded by Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System; it contains Access 2003 Developer Extensions.

    Alternatively, you could create a VB6 or VB.Net application that uses the data from your database , but recreating the user interface is a LOT of work - VB6/VB.Net forms are not the same as Access forms!

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    Re: User DB (2000xp )

    Hans has given you the options, but to be completely precise, the Access database engine is Jet and you can't use an Access database unless you use Jet. Both the runtime version of Access and any VB6 applications will still require the Jet engine.
    Wendell

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