Access Database running slow
Posted on 2012-03-13
I have an Access database running in Access 2010 but in 2003 format (.mdb). It is split into code (front end) files (on each of 4 PCs) and a data (tables) file on one of the 4. Each PC has its code file linked to the data file as follows:
PC 1 data and code (new Win 7 PC)
PC 2 code (new Win 7 PC)
PC 3 code (older XP PC)
PC 4 code (older XP PC)
The machines are all in the same room connected via basic LAN.
When using the database, apart from PC 1, all three are very slow, especially PC 3 and PC 4. But PC2 also runs much slower than PC1.
I am wondering what to do! Options I am considering are:
1. Upgrading PC3 and PC4 and moving them to Windows 7.
2. Having a separate (5th) "server" PC to hold the data file.
3. Upgrading the database file to Access 2010 format (.accdb).
I would value any advice or opinion on what will make this work faster without spending unnecessary money. It is important as the database supports an organisation with over 3,000 members. Many thanks!