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Install the Microsoft VFPOLEDB Provider on Windows 8 64 bit

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I've searched widely and tried anything I can think of to install the VFPOLEDB provider for VFP on my new Windows 8 machine with no success.

I downloaded both the MSM and MSI files from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14839, ran them as Administrator, the installation appears to run just fine, but when I try to access data from my application I get an error that the OLE DB provider is not found.

I have installed the provider before on other Windows 8 computers which I now suspect may have been 32-bit, as I did not have any difficulties with them working.

I also have it working on my previous workstation, which was migrated from Vista->Win7->Win8 and is running 64bit. It had been installed somewhere along the way during my use of the computer...

What do I need to do to get this installed and working in this environment?
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MSI file is the right one to install. MSM is a merge module which you can add to your own installation packages.

"when I try to access data from my application I get an error that the OLE DB provider is not found"

This sentence says a lot... The application is 64 bit probably so it cannot see the 32 bit VFP OLE DB provider.

You have several options:
1) Compile your application for 32 bit environment
2) Try to find 64 bit data driver. If you convert your data into dBase DBF then Office 2010 offers 64 bit driver. (Note: This driver was removed in Office 2013)
3) Sybase advantage server also provides 64 bit DBF driver bit I did not succeed to use it together with 64 bit MS SQL Server a few years ago... (More info: http://www.sybase.com/files/Data_Sheets/advantage_ODBC_ds.pdf)
4) Lianja (http://www.lianja.com/) also supports DBF format but I am not sure if the Lianja ODBC driver could help in your case.
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Microsoft Access through OLEDB has the same problem on 64-bit computers.

As stated by pcelba, compiling the application for 32-bit solves the problem with Access, and I suspect that it would do the same for FoxPro.

If you are unable to compile, you might try to run the application in compatibility mode for an older version of Windows. Since older versions did not support 64-bit, I suppose that the system adjust for 32-bits when doing so.

To run in compatibility mode, you need to locate the .exe on the hard drive (not a shorcut), right click on it and select the Compatibility tab. Note that in order to enable compatibility mode for XP, which was the last officially supported OS for FoxPro, the application needs to be installed in Program Files (x86).
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Just FYI, the last FoxPro SP hot fix was released in April 2009, so the last supported OS is not just XP... VFP OLE DB provider is a little bit older than above mentioned hot fix.

OTOH, FoxPro is a C++ application based on Win32 API Windows subsystem so it should run under each OS which supports Win32 API (incl. WinE under Linux). Of course, you may find some small incompatibilities beginning with Windows 8 but it is nothing which could stop VFP applications. More serious problem are incompatible components from the 3rd party vendors.
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As you suspected, I was using MS Office Excel 64 bit. Once I installed the 32 bit version, my application again works as expected.

Thank you very much for your help!
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