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MS Access 2007 Database built on Windows XP computer doesn't function properly on Windows 7 Computer

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I just wanted to see if anyone has experienced issues with MS Access 2007 databases that were built on a Windows XP computer, and used on Windows 7 computers also running MS Access 2007.  I've been running into issues on our Windows 7 computers that we don't experience on our XP computers.  I've tried compacting and repairing the database, but that didn't work.  I would include examples of the problems we've been experiencing, but it just so hit and miss.  One minute everthing works fine, and the next everything is haywire.  The big problem is that it's never the same thing twice, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the cause.

Any input on this issue is appreciated.
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by:giswest
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BTW:  I just tested the same MS Access 2007 database built using a Windows XP computer on a Windows 7 computer with MS Access 2010, and everything worked perfectly.  Makes me think that the MS Access 2007 and Windows 7 combination may be our issue.
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Eric Sherman earned 2000 total points
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The problem is Windows 7 ... not Office 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, etc.  From my research, I've run into several M/S Engineers who says if you are running Windows 7 you are better off running Office 2010 or later.

I have a pretty extensive Office 2000 application at a client's site that been running since 2001 with 12 to 15 dispatchers hitting it all day and  no problems until a few months ago when they changed IT managers.  Previously, we upgraded everything to Windows XP Professional (around 2005) with Office 2003 running the Office 2000 application.  The new IT manager insisted on running Windows 7 and went on and introduced it there.  I've been dealing with issues like yours since that time!!!!

They don't want to upgrade the application and their machines to Office 2010 (cost factor) so each day I get hit with ...When I run xxxx I get error yyyy, etc. etc.

M/S says on the Windows 7 machines ... remove Office and re-install it using the Windows XP compatibility mode in Windows 7.  IT did not like that option plus I'm not sure that will solve all of the issues.

My final recommendation ... run Windows XP Professional combined with Office 2003/2007 and all your problems will disappear!!!

ET
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by:giswest
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ET,

Thanks for the input.  I kind of figured that it was Windows 7 & MS Access 2007 combo issue.  I'm just glad that you were able to confirm my supspicions.

Thanks again.
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