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I am deploying an Access 2000 package using developer 2000, some of the users have access 2000 and some don't. The users without Access 2000 on their machines can't edit the design of the database but the ones with 2000 can. How do I stop this?

Thanks in advance.
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by:paasky
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Hello reido2,

Access RT doesn't have capability to change Access database, normal version of Access doesn't prevent modifying mdb file if the security options are not set.

1. Set the security options that users cannot change objects.
2. Compile your front-end database (user interface) from .mdb to .mde. Forms, Reports and code cannot be altered in MDE files.
3. If you don't want users to open server database, rename server database (where the tables are located) to .dat that it cannot be opened with Access. You can use linked tables.

Regards,
Paasky
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by:reido2
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I wonder why the runtime install lets users with Access2000 to go into design mode (albeit if security is not set).

Doesn't make sense to me.
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I don't know for sure if the following works same way with Access 2000 RT and Access 97 RT installation but I assume they don't different very much.

Here's how the Access 97 RT installation works: if the user already have full version (= not runtime) of Access installed in his/her computer, the RT installation doesn't add (or replace) RT version into the machine. So, they both cannot be at same time at the same computer. When the user clicks (opens) the MDB or MDE file its opened with the version of Access that is first installed.

I've heard rumors that there are very minor differences between these two versions (license key, some dll has a different name).

As I recommendent earlier, you could compile your databases to MDE's, you could also set database window hidden at startup and disable Access special keys (for eg. F11) and built-in toolbars and other starting options you decide. You can define these settings choosing Tools - Startup... from Windows menu.

That's what I generally do and I don't have to worry if the user has full version or runtime version.

Hope this helps,
Paasky
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by:reido2
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Your right, I was thinking that if I disabled the menus etc then I wouldn't be able to package the database but all I have to do is do both at the same time.

Thanks for the tips.
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