Access 97 on Vista

I have a new Vista Business PC that I'm trying to install Access 97 onto. I have successfully done this before however I can't remember how I have done this.

When I try to install this I get an error "This operating system does not meet the minimum requirements to run Office 97. Please check the minimum requirements section of the README.TXT..etc..."

Does anybody have a fix for this?

Thanks,

Alex
asbowenAsked:
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asbowenAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick reply.

I've looked at this before but it's only for Access 2000 onwards and I'm using 97.

I know it can be done as I've got it installed on my PC already (but can't remember how I did it!).

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jvuzCommented:
Is it the only access? I mean do you also have another Office installed (200, XP, 2003, ...)?
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asbowenAuthor Commented:
Yes I have 2003 installed as well
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jvuzCommented:
Steps:
1. Install Office 97 SR-1 (ran setup.exe on CD as Administrator)
-Choosing only Access (all except replication) and 'Extra Fonts' in
office tools

2. Run the SR-2b file with command line switches /c and /t:<path to
extracted files>

3. Copy the vista version of the font files (comic.ttf, comicbd.ttf,
tahoma.ttf, tahomabd.ttf) to replace the SR-2b versions in the
extracted files from step 2.

4. Modified the filelist.txt file in the extracted SR2b and removed
references to the 4 font files (in step 3) from the [Access] section.

5. Ran sr2patch.exe from the extracted SR2b as Administrator.
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asbowenAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately I fall over at step 1. or more the installation does.

I run Setup.exe, continue to the CD key and enter this, setup searches for other installed components, I change the directory to a non-default folder (as recommended in a thread by Allen Browne), click Ok and then I get the error I mentioned earlier.
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jvuzCommented:
Maybe stupid question, but do you have admin rights when trying to install?
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jvuzCommented:
First turn of UAC:
Control Panel -> Users ->
Turn "User Account Control" off.

The try installing again.
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asbowenAuthor Commented:
Never a stupid question, but yes i do have admin rights.
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asbowenAuthor Commented:
OK, here's how I fixed it.

I system restored back before I installed Office 2003.
Leaving UAC on I tried to install Access 97 (using Run as Administrator) to a non-default directory - i used C:\Program Files\Office97.
It failed but using UAC it asked if I wanted to try again.
I said yes and then it tried to install again to the non-default directory.
This installed corerctly.
I then run the Office 97 SR-2 patch after the fonts bit has been fixed as shown by jvuz above:
Steps:
1. Install Office 97 SR-1 (ran setup.exe on CD as Administrator)
-Choosing only Access (all except replication) and 'Extra Fonts' in
office tools

2. Run the SR-2b file with command line switches /c and /t:<path to
extracted files>

3. Copy the vista version of the font files (comic.ttf, comicbd.ttf,
tahoma.ttf, tahomabd.ttf) to replace the SR-2b versions in the
extracted files from step 2.

4. Modified the filelist.txt file in the extracted SR2b and removed
references to the 4 font files (in step 3) from the [Access] section.

5. Ran sr2patch.exe from the extracted SR2b as Administrator.

Thanks for you help,

Alex
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