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For many years my client has been using a runtime version of an Access 2003 system on Win XP.  The time for an upgrade is overdue.  I can create the system on MS Access 2010 and test in in a Win 7 and win8 environment.  Another complication is that the database is on a remote SQL2008 database.  The runtime distributable was written in the time of Win 7.  My client is uncertain if they should purchase a new PC with Win 7 or Win8.  Can the runtime distributable run accde on Windows8?
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Question by:Nigel Keith-Walker
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by:Éric Moreau
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much everything you were able to run on Windows 7 run exactly the same on windows 8 (desktop mode)
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Personally, unless they had a compelling reason for Windows 8, I think I'd stick with 7, especially if it is a business desktop.

Windows 7 will support everything back to 2000 runtimes, Win 8 will not.  Only 2007 and up.

Jim.
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by:Nigel Keith-Walker
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Today, my client contacted me.  They had been able to trace a desktop of the same model as the other office desktops, they are on display to the public. It is running windows seven.  I have mixed views.  I wish that we could take advantage of the quick response of Win8 and move boldly into the future.  But I am also aware that this is a business environment.  The PC will go on at 8:00 a.m and be switched off at 5:00 pm.  Best to stay away from the bleeding edge.
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<<Best to stay away from the bleeding edge. >>

 Most times that is a very smart move.  Unless there is something compeling in a new piece of software, it's often best to stay away for a bit.

Jim.
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