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Since installing IE7, I can't launch MS Access from my desktop shortcut.  I even created a new shortcut and it acts the same way.  I get the hour glass for a second or two, but it will not launch the program.  Excel and Word seem to be fine and I havn't noticed any other program problems.  If I start access from the start menu then select my database it opens just fine.
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by:war1
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Greetings, davcos !

Are you opening a MS Access file or Access program?  If file, something in IE7 is blocking the open of the file. Open the program first, then open the file.

If opening Access program, Remove the MS Access shortcuts. Uninstall and reinstall Access program.  Then create the shortcut anew.

Best wishes!
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by:davcos
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My shortcut is to a MS Accces database file. (.mdb).  I had a shortcut in my "quick launch" tool bar that I have used for years.  It stopped working the day I installed ie7.  Occasionally I'll get a information box that pops up and ask if I'm sure I want to open the file, but not always.  I'd rather not uninstall MS Access.
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Something in IE7 installed is preventing the Access database from opening.  Did you try opening the Access program, then the database file?

If you do not want to reinstall Access program, then you have to live with this workaround. Or uninstall IE7.
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by:davcos
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Yes, the file opens fine if I load Access first.  The file will not open at all from the "Quick Launch" tool bar, and if I try to open the file from my desktop shortcut, I get the "Oppen File - Security Warning" "Do you want to open this file?" with the "Unknown Publisher".  I've tried to create my own digital signature for my database, but that doesn't seem to make a difference.  It must be a security setting that was updated when I installed IE7.  I'll look around some more.
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IE7 is beta, so these types of problems is expected.
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davcos,

We have not heard from you in awhile. Did any comment help you solve your problem? Do you have any more question? If an Expert helped you, please accept his/her answer above with an excellent or good grade.

Thanks, war1
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by:davcos
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I'm still trying to find what I think is a security setting updated by ie7.  I've installed ie7 at home and MS Access shortcuts work normally.  Both computers are XP Pro and have the latest updates from MS.  
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by:war1
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Make sure your Temporary Internet Files are not full.  Delete the Temporary Internet files and Temp folder files.

The new IE7 beta may have overwritten something in Access.  Reinstall Access.
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by:davcos
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Reinstalling Access is not an answerr.  Why not just reinstall the OS?  I bet that would fix it as well.  Of course problems are to be expected with "beta" software, that's why I like it!  Do I have to award points if no answer was given?  
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davcos,

No, you do not have to awards points. But an answer that you are not expecting is acceptable.  You should have provided feedback.  There is a big difference between reinstalling MS Access and reinstalling OS.  

The problem is likely due to IE7.  The problem may not be fixable until IE7 is out of beta next year.
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by:davcos
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war1,

I'll give you the points, there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in this subject anyway.  I just thought that someone might have stumbled across the same problem and knew how to fix it without reinstalling.  I haven't really had any other issues with ie7, seems to work fine, and has even handled some of the quirkier government sites that we use daily.  Actually some seem to run smoother.  I like the "tabbed" browsing!  FYI I did uninstall and reinstall Access, begrudgingly, It didn’t fix the problem.  Could be that it’s not even related to ie7.  From time to time I get an “Open File – Security Warning” box, click “open” and it will open the MDB file.  Who knows, with MS updating security almost weekly, it could just be coincidental.

Thanks for the help!
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