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Access set up ODBC connection in control panel

Posted on 2012-09-03
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Last Modified: 2012-09-03

How do I set up an ODBC connection in the Windows 7 control panel
that can be used by an Access 2003 database to connect to an Access 2007 database.

Question by:Murray Brown
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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32 or 64 bit windows?

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by:Murray Brown
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I need to do that on machines with both so either will help
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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And what version of Access 2007 (32 or 64 bit)?
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Kelvin Sparks earned 2000 total points
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The first thingt that you need to do is to install the Access 2007 ODBC driver. You've probably noticed that you can't see one.

Download from


and install.

For a 32 bit version of windows 7 goto control panel>Administrative tools>ODBC cionnections and create. Choose the new Access driver for .mdb;.accdb and follow the usual steps.

For Windows 64 bit you cannot use the control panel - this uses the 64 drivers and Access cannot use these. Goto Windows/syswow64/ and find the file ODBC32.exe (or a file very similar - I'm not on a 64 bit PC at the moment and can't remember the exact name). When you have the right file the ODBC panel opens - just use it as you usually would to createthe connection. (Once the driver above is installed, you'd be able to create this from with Access 2003.


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by:Murray Brown
ID: 38360545
Great. Thanks very much

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