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What is the best way to distribute an Access 2010 application?

I have experimented with 'Package and Sign' but that doesn't seem to be it.  Do I need to download and use the Microsoft access 2010 runtime?

Simple answers please.  I have read lots of help and web pages and I am no better off, so I need to take this one step at a time.

Thanks in advance.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
The Runtine is simply a stripped down version of Access. It is basically the full retail version of Access without the design time features. If your users already have a copy of Access 2010, there is no reason to use the Runtime.

The answer to your question is "it depends". If this is a simple, straight-foward application, with no 3rd party utilities/controls, then the simplest way to deploy is just to provide the file for others to download. You can "deploy" an Access file by simply copying it from one machine to the other.

If you do have other items which must be distributed (like external files, of if you've used an Activex control), or if you wish to include shortcuts and such with your deployment, then you'll need to use some form of installer. Access typically includes the Packaging Wizard, but I'm not sure it's out for 2010 yet. You can instead use a 3rd party installer (there are several free ones - see http://www.thefreecountry.com/programming/setup.shtml), but these come with a bit of a learning curve.
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CRB1609Author Commented:
Thanks very much.  The way you answer the questions is very clear and helpful.

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