Using Multiple versions of MS Access

I have to use a simple query wizard in ms access 2013, but am encountering an error where a form called frui_frmMain appears and the application freezes.  I have MS Access 2003 on the same computer.  Is the problem with the simple query wizard related to having multiple versions of the software on the same device?

Thanks.
l2BravoAsked:
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PatHartmanConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When running multiple versions of Access on a single PC, you must run them as administrator.  The reason is because of the way each version attempts to take over the registry.  If you've ever installed multiple versions, you've surely seen the "Installing........................" message.  If you are not running as administrator, the takeover is incomplete and A2003 ends up trying to use A2013 libraries or vice versa.  I first ran into this issue when running A2007 with A2003 installed.  it produces some truly bizarre errors.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)PresidentCommented:
Probably not....what's the error that occurs?   A2013 is buggy in spots.

Jim.
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l2BravoAuthor Commented:
I've attached a screen shot of what I see when I click Simple Query Wizard.  The Form wizard gives the same error.

Thanks.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)PresidentCommented:
No attachment.

 and three questions:

1. Was A2003 installed first
2. Was A2013 installed to a separate directory from 2003?
3. Is A2013 the 32 bit edition or 64 bit?
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l2BravoAuthor Commented:
Hi Jim,

Maybe the attachment didn't go through, but it doesn't matter.  I found an answer elsewhere after running into additional problems.  Basically, I needed to run Access 2013 as an administrator.   Everything was fine after that.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)PresidentCommented:
Glad you found the answer.

Note that I unaccepted the question....please select your own last comment as the answer.

Jim.
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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
>  I needed to run Access 2013 as an administrator.

That is normally not necessary so, if so, it indicates other kinds of trouble.

/gustav
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Dale FyeCommented:
Pat's explanation is a great reason for installing each version of Access in its own virtual machine.
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Helen FeddemaCommented:
VMs are the way to go if you need to work in different versions of Access.  I use VMware 10 for that purpose -- I have Office 2010 installed on the computer, with separate VMs for Office 97, 2003, 2007 and 2013.  That way I can work in whichever Office version I need, without problems.  It's not just obvious problems caused by confusion over shared features -- there are more subtle differences as well, that you can't see except in the other Office environment, such as icons that won't display correctly except in a specific Access version.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)PresidentCommented:
<<VMs are the way to go if you need to work in different versions of Access.>>

 That's expensive though when your doing it on a server...

Jim.
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Helen FeddemaCommented:
I guess it depends on how serious the problems are with multiple versions installed.
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l2BravoAuthor Commented:
I had found the solution myself, but this answer explains why it is so.  Later answers suggested running different versions of access on virtual machines, but it's not necessary in my case.  

Thanks for all the assistance.
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