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Changing the system.mdw path

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I am logging onto a DB that is on the server and so is the system.mdw file. I don't have any problems using the workgrp administrator utility or a command-line option to get to the right system.mdw file. However, once i use the server's file, when I use Access on a local DB I am still using the server's system.mdw file. How can I automatically restore the path to the local system.mdw file? Preferrably, this would happen automatically once I close the connection to the shared DB on the server.
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Default system.mdw file location is stored in the registry. If you want to use a different file, you should specify it on the command line when you start access. You should create a shortcut to a local db and use it open local database.
access local.mdb /wrkgrp localsystem.mdw
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by:englm
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Spiridonov,

This is not a user-friendly option. I am deploying a DB to a server for multiuser access. I would want the individual users to have a shortcut to the shared DB on the server where I can specifiy via command line option to use the system.mdw on the server. It is not feasible to have a shortcut to Local DBs on the client PCs - they may have many local DB on their PCs and can't have shortcuts for all of them. I want the default system.mdw to be used for all local (on user PC) DBs. Besides, If someone launches Access from the Office toolbar or start menu I want the default system.mdw to be used.


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Then do it the other way around. Change the setting in the registry to point to local system.mdw and use shortcut with command line option to point to the server located DB.
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by:englm
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Please ignore my last comments. The shortcut to my shared database using a command-line option /wrkgrp works fine, and it defaults back to the local system.mdw.

There is another issue however - how do I enforce using the system.mdw on the server if a user starts up Access first and selects a DB on server? The open file dialogue does not provide options for selecting a different workgroup file.
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This is not possible. There is no way to tell Access to use different system.mdw -only from command line.
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Spridonov,

If this is the case, Access has a severe limitation in the security area in terms of flexibility.
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