I have inherited a giant access97 'wtf' if you will. The process is standard there is central access db that resides on a server share. Different departments have various standalone access 97 db's that link back to the central one on the server. When changes are made I mode my development copies to a server share and each group has a batch file that copies the modified frontend to their local machines. Up till recently this was always successful, but now it seems the references are changing. All user machines have the same access97 installs.