How do you stop a Microsoft Access Database from requiring the use of the MDW file

I have a database that uses the MDW file for security to open.  Is there a way to stop it from requiring the MDW file and just open?
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAsked:
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pdebaetsCommented:
I believe that all Access .mdb database files require a workgroup file to open, the question is: Is User Security enabled? To enable User Security create a password for the Admin user. To disable User Security, remove the password for the Admin user.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
+1 on Peter's comment.  Access (JET) security is always "on" and a MDW is always required, even with A2010, which was supposed to have removed it.

 One thing though; Desecruing a DB if it has been secured involves a little more then changing the admin password back to a blank. The password only controls getting the login dialog or not.

 Full rights need to be assigned back to the user group and if your going to continue to use the same MDW file, the admin user will need to be added back to the admin group.

Jim.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
+1 on Peter's comment as well, and here's a link to an MSDN article about de-securing a database:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/aa141436%28v=office.10%29.aspx

Just be SURE that you restart Access, as stated in Step 7 above. Many people overlook this, and if you do you'll be using the same .mdw file that was used originally, and you'll be back at square 1.

Also note that quite often ULS was used for "user navigation" as much as it was for security reasons, so be SURE that you want to remove this before doing so. If you have a situation where UserA sees different forms than UserB, then you're using some form of "user navigation", and that could be based on ULS.
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll test and post later
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
..But remember that this is all predicated on the fact that you have authority and permission to do make these changes...

My guess is that this security was established for a reason, ...


JeffCoachman
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J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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