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Access 2010: .mdb works but .mde does not work

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Hi,

I have an Access application that still is maintain with access 2003, since it is used with 2003 and later access versions.  Using 2010 something odd is happening: on some installations the .mdb (code version) works fine but the .mde version crash.

The background is the following: The .mde version is created on a WinXP PC with Access 2003. On the PC that cause the .mde to crash, Win 7 and Office 2010 with Access is used. The Macro-setting is enabled in the Trust center. The user has security properties for the folders as the following: Full control, Modify, Read & execute etc are all enabled. I only use Microsoft components like Common Controls 6.0, Script Host Object model, VBA ext  5.5 + the Excel, Word and Graph.

The question is why will .mdb runs fine while .mde crash? What is the difference? Could it be that a component is not updated (security reason)? Or is there any other Windows or Trust Center item that has to be changed?

Thanks in advance!

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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVP earned 500 total points
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I have several apps in 2003 format  where I do the exact same thing.  All deployed an MDEs crate an XP Pro box and deployed to Access 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. Most with the Access runtime.

I usually find this is due to a Reference issue.

I would compare the reference set in the MDB on the Win7 box to the references on the XP box used to create the MDE.


Also, are you using Late Binding? I find that using salves most issue like this.
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I know what late binding is, can you choose within Access?

The refrence box in XP and Win 7 are the same except for version (for instance excel 11 is updated to 14) and the path is changed to the approriate one.

The problem is that PCs with the same Win 7 and Access 10, some the .mde doesn't work and some work. Is it trust center issue? or Window policy issue?
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