I have a PC with Vista Business operating system. I have Access 2000 and Office 2003 installed (currently without Access 2003 component). When I try to close an Access application session, I cannot always restart the application - double clicking yields no obvious response. This appears to be because the process msaccess.exe has not been terminated from the previous session. Why is this happening?
(I am using Access 2000 because for some of my clients this is the latest version that they run, and I need to compile the applications into 2000 version .mde files. I have also tried this with Access 2003 installed - alongside 2000 and also on its own, and the same problem seems to occur in all instances. I have another PC running XP OS and Access 2000 and Access 2002 run together quite happily. I have yet another PC running Access 2003 under XP and again this seems perfectly OK. So I assume there is some problem with Access 2000 and Vista, maybe complicated by having installed, and later uninstalled, Access 2003.)
It may help to explain the history: I bought this PC with Vista Business installed (big mistake, but this was before the XP downgrade became legitimised). I installed Office 2000 first (including Access) then installed Office 2003, removing all of the 2000 components except for Access. I have had the msaccess.exe process problem since day one (which was 18 months ago). I have also since de-installed Access 2000, and also de-installed Access 2003 and then re-installed it, but the problem has persisted throughout. I have continued using another PC as my main development machine, but I really need to make this Vista PC into the primary development machine. As a last resort I have acquired the XP downgrade disks and if no other solution is possible I shall have to remove Vista and revert to XP.