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msaccess 2010 with msaccess runtime 2k7

Posted on 2010-11-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I have a new system that has office 2010 installed. I have an access app that is installed as a runtime app that was created in access 2007. when I run the app I get the error  "..missing or broken reference to the file 'MSCAL.OCX' version 7.0".
I know that this .OCX file does not ship with office 2010 but I thought that the runtime library included everything needed to run the app and would ignore any other access installation.
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rockiroads earned 100 total points
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Sounds like it does not. I would of thought you might of had an installer for your access app that copies your libs and registers them

Have you tried to copy MSCAL.OCX from an existing working pc (would most likely be under windows\system32), copy it onto the new pc

you might need to register it, if so run this command in dos

regsvr32 \windows\system32\mscal.ocx

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I use the access 2007 Packager to create a windows installer package, which creates the runtime library and installation package. then install on the office 2010 system
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<<I know that this .OCX file does not ship with office 2010 but I thought that the runtime library included everything needed to run the app and would ignore any other access installation.>>

  It does not.  It only includes the base items needed to run Access.  The 'runtime' version is nothing more then the full version with design functions disabled.

  So anything you add to a default Access intall (like 3rd party controls), you need to include in your setup in some way.

  Beyond that, not everything that can be used with Access may be distributable legally with the runtime.  For example, if you use calls to some of the Access Wizard code, your not allowed to distribute those the runtime.

  According to the EULA, they are only usable if you have a full retail copy.

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by:Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)
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BTW, in the past, MSCAL.OCX was not distributable unless you had purchased a license:

OFFXPDEV: Cannot Redistribute Calendar Control Unless You Have a Microsoft Office Developer License

  That's probably changed at this point though as starting with A2007, they started giving the runtime away for free.

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I have not been able to find anything that says you can distribute the Calendar control if you ONLY have Access 2007. However, if you own earlier versions of the Developer Edition you will have distribution rights. Depending on exactly which of these your are using, you may alos have distribution rights if you own a copy of VB 5/6, or perhaps even one of the early versions of one of the .NET languages.

Note also that these controls will not work reliably on the 64-bit platforms.

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This question is NOT abandoned or inactive. I have not been able to try any of the recommendations yet.

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tried the copy and register as u suggested, but same error. any other thoughts?
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<tried the copy and register as u suggested, but same error. any other thoughts? >

Again: Unless you have the rights to distribute this control - and there's been no indication from you that you have this right - the we cannot assist you with deploying that control. The mscal.ocx file is a copyrighted Microsoft control.

2007 and 2010 have a builtin date picker. Could you not use this instead of the calendar control?

In fact, are you certain that you need the mscal.ocx control, since your app was originally written in 2007? You can try removing the reference and compiling the project (i.e. from the VB Editor, click Debug - Compile AFTER removing that reference). Make a backup of your app before doing this, of course.


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I'm not familiar with the "date picker". I see a calendar control 12.0 in the activex list of controls in a2007. Is this the "date Picker"?  Is it essentially the same thing and if I change to it, is it backward compatible to a2003?
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It's not an ActiveX control. In 2007/2010, if you add a field that is bound to a Date field to a form, you can set that form control to automatically show the Date picker whenever the user enters the control:


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Thank you!
do u have any recommendations/suggestions for 3rd party controls that are similar to mscal.ocx?
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 300 total points
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The only ones that might work would be the ones from FMS (Total Access Controls). I'm not sure they work in the 2010 environment, however, and as we move into the 64-bit world you'll find that most Ax controls (which are 32-bit) won't work in that environment. Better to avoid the use of those in Access, if you're going to be working with 2010.

You can use API calls to build these, or just use an Access form that looks like a calendar: http://www.granite.ab.ca/access/calendars.htm

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Thanks for all ur help!

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