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Can a apple PC/Mac run MS Access .mdb 2003 program

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Hi Experts,

Can a apple PC/Mac run MS Access .mdb 2003 program? If so what are the requirements of the MAC?

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I don't know if ms office for mac can open a windows access db.

If hosted on a windows box, perhaps use ms remote desktop connection for mac?  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=6573f9f1-8ae1-4da9-ab5c-f8457ecdaf2d&displaylang=en

Remote Desktop Connection Client 1.0.3 for Mac allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer.
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Best way to do this will be to run virtual PC on your Mac and run MS Access 2003 through Virtual PC.

There is no version of Access native to MAC.

MAC requirements are:
    * Hardware: A 700 MHz native* PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor.
    * Operating System: Apple Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or later; Mac OS X version 10.3 is required for the Power Mac G5.
    * Hard Disk: 3 GB of free hard disk space.
    * Memory: 512 MB of RAM.
    * Display: 1024 x 768 resolution monitor displaying thousands of colours
    * CD-ROM or DVD-ROM: CD-ROM drive (or connection to a local area network if installing a network)
    * Input Devices: Mouse or compatible pointing device


Details on the program are here:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/2/7/7275d5af-1410-404b-8bbc-e7af4e288698/VirtualPC7BusinessOverview.pdf

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Hello rockiroads,

That is good to know, but what if they simply want to use the .mdb locally, in other words install it on there MAC?

I thought there was MAC O.S. that ran in a kinda of windows mode?? So users could use MS office?

Any ideas or knowledge of this?

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Patentinv,

I think our comments crossed.  Virtual PC or Parallels will allow users to do this.

The Parallels product may be better as Windows is no longer supporting Virtual PC.

http://www.parallels.com/
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Windows is an operating system.  You can run it as a virtual machine.

You could try WINE, which loads only some components for basic Windows applications, the the success rate it not good enough for business use.  Applications are hit and miss which ones work (and which versions).  Stability is a big question mark.

http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX
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ok, you need emulators then. some already given.

others include vmware fusion http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/ or crossover mac http://www.codeweavers.com/products/cxmac/ (you have to pay for them though)  so better to go for the free options - I think virtual pc is free.
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Ok, so it appears they need the right hardware and O.S. to run in this mode..

Sure wish I new of a way to test it, unfortunately i don't own a MAC.

Maybe I'll take the app. to best buys and see if it runs :), on there MAC w/all these requirements. Stick in a flash drive and see what happens.

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ha, went to type and must of clicked submit by accident, was continuing to say - virtual pc link already given!
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An *.MDB file is a database, not an application.  The application to run it (Microsoft Access 2003) is a couple of hundred MB installation, and can't run off a flash drive.
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ooops .mde
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I see I will simply need to test it.

Thanks for all the help!!
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Thanks Experts!!

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I aint got a mac either so cannot verify anything
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sorry, but good luck!
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I'll let you know if it works!!
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fingers crossed then!
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