Can you make MDE an EXE and how?

Posted on 2007-08-02
Last Modified: 2013-11-28
(Did the question stuff change... cuz now it's making me do my questions in a wizard on experts exchange...werid)

1) Can i make my mde file EXE?

2) Is it easy?

3) How?
Question by:detroitdr
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    1) Can i make my mde file EXE?

    2) Is it easy?

    3) How?
    No, but you can run msaccess.exe with the mde file as an argument.
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    by:DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Access MVP)
    "(Did the question stuff change..."

    Yes ... apparently today ... as did some of the UI.

    As dqmq points out  no, no, no.   The closest thing (sort of) is to create a 'run-time' version ... using products such as shown below ... along with the 'Developer Version' of Access.             ' Wise, sadly is now owned by Symantec.    

    The sage key scripts pretty much help you avoid all the issues you have identified.   I have two clients the I do some work for ... and both have commercial Access products that they see ... runtime of course.  Both have been using the above pair for several years ... with minimal issues.  Something consider.

    Free  Installers:

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    by:Jim Horn
    You can create an .mde out of an .mdb, which would have the forms-reports-macros-data access pages-modules protected from user edits, but unfortunately tables and queries would still be editable.

    As dqmq states, you can't make an exe out of any Access app.  An mde is as close as you can get.

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