Is the Access Database program required to run access databases?
YEs. Microsoft Access Database is required to operate an Access Database. However, if MS Access is not installed with your version of Microsoft Office, or even if you do not have MS Office installed on you PC, you can still open and run an Access Database on your PC by installing the Microsoft Access Runtime database software, available FREE from Microsoft.
Our database installer examines your PC and if the Microsoft Access Database program is not found, will (with your permission) download and install the free Microsoft Access Runtime database program appropriate for your computer software environment. For more information on installing our free Access database samples click HERE.
If you have sourced an Access database elsewhere, you can manually download and install the FREE Access Database Runtime program from Microsoft. There is generally a new version of the Access runtime program made available with each new release of Microsoft Office / Access Database.
Access Runtime allows you to operate any Access database created in the same or an earlier full version of Microsoft Access. Most Access databases will operate perfectly well in Access runtime, however the runtime enviromnent does not provide any of the database design functionality found in the full version of the software.
Note Access runtime will not operate on an Apple Macintosh Operating system.
IMPORTANT! Never install Microsoft Access Database Runtime on a computer that already has any full version of Microsoft Access Database installed. Whilst Microsoft does not specifically advise against it, experience has shown us that serious conflicts can arise.
To manually install MS Access Runtime, click on the appropriate link below to visit the relevant Microsoft website page. Download the runtime installer files for the available Microsoft Access Database Runtime versions, and follow the instructions available frtom Microsoft.
If you do not have a version of MS Access Database installed, any Access Database we develop for you will be delivered packaged with the Access Runtime to match your current Office Install package. All required files to operate the database will automatically be installed.