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Remote Desktop 2012 R2 (Citrix) need to run Access 2010 and Access 2013 together

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I need to run Access 2010 and Access 2013 together in a Windows 2012 R2 Remote Desktop setup to support Citrix XenApp 7.6.  I installed Access 2010 (only), then installed the full Office 2013 suite.  Now when I try to open Access 2010 it does a reinstall.  If I then open Access 2013 it will do a reinstall.  How can I prevent the reinstall from running?

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Ken,

 With the Microsoft installs you cannot.  Only Sagekey has licked that particular problem:

http://www.sagekey.com/installation_access.aspx

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Note there is a free 14 day demo there you can try out.

Also, this is for installing the runtime, not the full version.  You'd have to give them a call and see if it's possible to do an isolated install on the full version.

 I would think so because the runtime is nothing more than the full version with design features disabled, but I don't know that for sure, so ask if you need that.

Jim.
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Jim,
Thanks for the reply.  I did find KB2784668, but I was hoping someone had found a way around this.  Looks like I have to come up with something else.

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Ken,

  Yes, what the MSKB article states correct and has always been true (oldest to newest and in separate directories).  Right now I have one machine with A97, A2000, A2003, A2007, A2010 all installed.

 However in regards to your question specifically, there's no way around the re-register/repair process that occurs with 2002 and up, at least not with the way Microsoft installs.

Jim.
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I'm open to any creative way to get this to work.  A third-party option that we have to pay a fee for isn't going to fly.  I just need to have Access 2010 (as the only Office 2010 suite member) installed on the same Citrix server as the full Office 2013 suite.  My hope was that Office 2013 could be set up as the default Office applications with the Access 2010 being executed via the full path.  

I have Access 2010 installed to the Office\14 folder and Office 2013 installed to the Office\15 folder so they have different paths.

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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Ken,

<<I'm open to any creative way to get this to work.  A third-party option that we have to pay a fee for isn't going to fly.>>

 Sorry, but as long as more than one version runs within the same OS, each will re-register every time they start.

 This is a long standing problem with Access and SageKey is the only one I know that has figured out how to deal with it.

 There is also Inno setup, but I believe using it ends up with the same problem.

 Your only other option is a second TS Server.

Jim.
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There is also Inno setup, but I believe using it ends up with the same problem.
Inno is just a Windows Installer tool, and would not be the same as SageKey. I believe Sagekey writes specific registry keys when the application starts, and then rewrites them when the application is finished.

Also - for the most part, 2013 can run anything that 2010 can run, so you might investigate installing ONLY 2013. This might involve upgrading any 2010 apps to 2013, but that's a quick and simple process.
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Scott,
Thanks for the reply.  The problem is that we have some in-house written Access applications that have some custom controls that don't work in Access 2013.  I'm trying to get them to rewrite the app, but the development staff tell me they don't have the time for that.

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Then, as Jim said, you're stuck with either (a) putting up with the reinstall mess or (b) running two separate RDS setups.
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I might also look at App-V.  I have no experience with App-V, but it might be the best solution in this case.

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