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Prompted for workgroup security logon when creating new database

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I am trying to create a new database with no workgroup security. My problem is whenever I try to create the database, I am prompted to logon using workgroup security. If I click Cancel, the database is not created.
I tried re-booting and then trying to create the database, but that didnt work.
How can stop this from happening?
Thanks,
Todd
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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<<How can stop this from happening?>>

Access workgroup security is always "on" and cannot be turned off. Normally you don't see a login because the default workgroup file has a user account called "admin" with a blank password. This is the first login that JET tries when opening a database and if it suceeds, you don't get a login. If it doesn't, it pops up the login dialog.

So it's either one of two things:

1. The password for the admin user is a non-blank.

2. Your joined to the wrong workgroup.

Have you recently worked with user level security or done anything that may have started this?

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I work with numerous databases and numerous workgroups here. Basically, as you suggest, I need to be using a workgroup that has the admin profile set with its default permissions and a blank password. In my case, the default workgroup that Access first creates fit the bill.

e.g.: "C:\Documents and Settings\< My Profile >\Application Data\Microsoft\Access\System.mdw"

There are two solutions that I have found that work. One is to simply logon using the current default workgroup when prompted. Then after the database starts, joining the workgoup I really wanted to be part of when working with the database.

There is a second way to do this that bypasses having to log on to the current default workgroup, when creating a new database. This is done by going into the Registry and changing the value of the default workgroup that Access uses when it starts up.

Registry Key:
My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT USER\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Access\Jet\4.0\Engines\SystemDB
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Sometimes I can't see the forest for the tree. Thanks for the help.
Todd
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