How to run Access .mdb application without Access

I have a client who does not want to purchase Access 2003. They have an Access application written by another vendor they no longer deal with. Previously, this application was running on a workstation without Access installed. But I do not know how.
Is there a runtime or viewer that would enable this application to run without installing Access?
thanks,
pat
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
There is a run time ... see this link.

See this link:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access/HA011208861033.aspx  'Access 2003 Runtime

http://www.pcesoft.com/Access-Spell-Checker-Tool-Source-Code.html  - Spell checker for run time

Note that the RunTime for A2007 is free ..

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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Pat,
<<Is there a runtime or viewer that would enable this application to run without installing Access?
>>
  There is a "runtime" version of Access which you distribute to users without the full version of Access.
  For 2003, the right to distribute a runtime version is granted when you purchase the developers extentions for Office.
 For A2007, the runtime is freely downloadable from Microsoft.
 I would suggest downloading that and using it to run the 2003 database.  However if it is distributed as a MDE, then you will need to have the original MDB, convert it to A2007, then create and new MDE and distribute.
JimD.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
If you are planning on doing a lot of runtime installs ... you may want to look at these products ... to be used together:

http://www.wise.com/Products.aspx             ' Wise, sadly is now owned by Symantec.

http://www.sagekey.com/   

The sage key scripts pretty much help you avoid many issues related to versions of Access and Windows.   I have two clients the I do some work for ... and both

have commercial Access products that they sell ... runtime of course.  Both have been using the above pair for several years ... with minimal issues.

mx
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mpdillonAuthor Commented:
Guys,
Thank you so much for your help. I had read that the A2003 ws part of developer package. I am a VB6 and VB.net guy. I don't do Access. But here I have inherited it.
I installed it on a computer without MS Office. It worked as soon as I downloaded and registiered MSComCt2.ocx.
Thanks again,
pat
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database Architect / Systems AnalystCommented:
"uys,
Thank you so much for your help. I had read that the A2003 ws part of developer package. I am a VB6 and VB.net guy. I don't do Access. But here I have inherited it.
I installed it on a computer without MS Office. It worked as soon as I downloaded and registiered MSComCt2.ocx.
Thanks again,
pat "

You are welcome ...

mx
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