Access97 license problem

I've installed Access2000 and Access97 on a new PC, because professionnaly I need them both together.  I nicely put in the product keys.  But I can't start A97  'because there is no license for it on this machine'.  I've uninstalled both, reinstalled both, even reinstalled Win98, always with the same result.  Is there another thing I can try before I format c: ?
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and download AcLicn97.exe it and it should fix the problem....

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It might not be as simple as running AcLicn97.  There is a whole world of problems loading Access2000 and Access97 on the same machine.

The problems are partially in the registry and partially because of conflicts.

First, they have to be installed in different directories.  Until they are both installed, you have to change the name of the first installed copy of Access (MSAccess.Exe) to something else as well as rename a font called Hatten.ttf as well.  MS had a article in their developer's database which they have since removed.  The basic jist of that article follows.

And before I quit, you should be sure that you have all the latest service releases and packs for Access97.  See for how and where to get them.


Remove the installation of Access 97, and then re-install it to a folder other than the default folder. To do so, follow these steps.

NOTE: Because there are several versions of Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, please consult your product documentation to complete these steps.

Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

Select Microsoft Access 97 or Microsoft Office 97 Professional from the list of products and click Add/Remove.

In the Maintenance Mode dialog box, click Remove All to remove Access 97.

Search you hard disk for a file named hatten.ttf and rename it to hatten.old if found.

Rename MSAccess.exe to Masques.old. The MSAccess.exe file should be located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office.

Install Access 97 to a new folder, for example, C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Access 97.

Installations from the Office 97 Professional Compact Disc Only: Depending on the options that you select during a Custom installation, you may receive the following error during the reinstallation process:
Bdrintl.dll was unable to register itself in the system registry.
If this happens, quit the Setup program and do the following:

WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys and Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).

On the Start menu, click Run.

Type Regedit and click OK.

In the Registry Editor, delete the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSO97.dll
Close the Registry Editor.

Run the Office 97 Setup program again.

For additional information about the Bdrintl.dll error during setup, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Q162295 OFF97: Err Msg: "Bdrintl.dll Was Unable to Register Itself"
Rename MSAccess.old to MSAccess.exe.
There is also some additional information in an open question: 

RogerianusAuthor Commented:
I've run AcLicn97 and now the license problem is solved, without having to do anything else.
Just that each time after I've run Access 97, when starting Access 2000, the Windows installer comes up to (re)configure Office 2000, but it takes just a few seconds.  Think I can live with that.
Thanks for your help and also to JimMorgan for his extensive and interesting comment.
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