File couldn't be downloaded

Posted on 2013-01-25
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Last Modified: 2013-02-05
I have an asp page that has a bunch of quick links to open up our various access databases.  For some reason they seem to all be working on an XP machine from this page.  However, on a windows 7 machine some open and others get a "NameOfDatabase.accde couldn't be downloaded"  Both machines are using IE 7.  

If I click on the database on the network drive it seems to be working fine as well.  Another user is actually able to open these files having windows 7 and IE7 so I think it is just some sort of setting but I don't get why some databases and not others.

Here is the ASP code that is being used but I doubt it is of much use.  
<A onMouseOver="this.style.color = 'Blue'" onMouseOut="this.style.color = 'Black'"
                                          href="file://HO000XSFIL02/ARC_DATA/FilePath.accde"><FONT onmouseover="this.style.color = 'blue'" onmouseout="this.style.color = 'black'"
                                                face="Trebuchet MS" color="black">
Question by:flfmmqp
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Rich Weissler earned 2000 total points
ID: 38822597
Just guessing, but I'd double check the Windows 7 machines, and look to see if it has MS Office (with MS Access) installed.  What I assume his happening is that the Windows XP machine doesn't know what to do with the .accde file, and therefore treats it as an unknown binary file, and asks you if you want to download it.  The Windows 7 knows it's a special MS Access file, and therefore tries to treat it special, but is prevented from downloading.

If you have the option, right-click the filename on the website, and see if you can download the file.

Author Comment

ID: 38830979
Well it turns out that if the .accde file is already open I get the file could not be opened.  If it is not already open then it opens just fine.  On XP this was not a problem.  Not sure how to resolve this yet.

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