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MS Access "can't perform this operation" error removing object library

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Very frustrating.  I have an MS Access database application that I have connected w/ SQL Server.

It has worked fine but now the Word, Outlook and Office changed from 14 to 15 in the object library. I  guess that's because I opened it with my laptop which has Office 2013 (I have 2010).

I can't get it to go back.

I changed the Word and Office library to 14, but then I noticed i didn't move the Outlook back.  It shows as missing.

I can't drop it.  When i uncheck it and close it gives me an error saying "can't perform this ooperation".  I try every combination of dropping the three libraries but no luck.

What am I missing?
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by:mbizup
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Try opening it again on your Office 2013 laptop

Go into references *on that laptop* and remove the Outlook reference

Then try it again on an Office 2010 machine, adding Outlook in as a new reference.

(not sure why, but those Outlook references seem to behave a little differently)
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Also, you might consider changing your code to "Late Binding" if your organization has a mixture of Office versions.  See the following article:
http://word.mvps.org/faqs/interdev/earlyvslatebinding.htm

There is a trade-off in  performance, but you won't have problems with references with users having different Office versions.
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by:dougfosterNYC
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thanks.  I can't believe i didn't think of opening it up on my laptop.

Over the years I have had to wrestle with the issue, but it was never a problem before just unchecking the MISSING references and then opening the older versions..  that threw me off.

I looked at the article and it seems like the late binding isn't a perfect fix.  The client office is all on the same version at the moment. I'm the one with the new Windows 8.1 laptop that is screwing things up.  

Thanks again.
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I looked at the article and it seems like the late binding isn't a perfect fix.  

I use later binding all the time to support mixed versions of Office without any issues I even have used with mixed versions of Office apps  on the same PC. Later binding has been the "perfect fix" for me for 1000+ users.
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