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Best way to distribute and run an access front end on a group of various computers

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I have an access program (I did it in Access 2013).  The backend is on a server that all the users in the company have a connection to.  Originally I was simply going to place the front end on everyone's machine.

The problem is that the machines are radically different from each other.  Some have Office 2003 while others have Office 2010 and some have nothing.

None of the users have Access so I was simply going to run the Access 2013 runtime on each machine.  This worked out great for the first few but then I ran into an issue were the runtime would not load.  I got the "Microsoft Access runtime 2013 encountered and error during setup" and then "Microsoft Setup bootstrapper has stopped working".

First off I do not know how to even address that last issue, so I was wondering if there is a way to have the user run the front end without having access on their machine?  Could they simply have a shortcut to the front end on the server and have it run that way?  SOrry if this question seems odd, I never have had this issue before (when I ran split databases I was always able to install 2013 runtime)

Thanks!
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Jim Dettman (EE MVE)

If the app has a limited number of users, you might consider installing access on a terminal services server with one version of Office/Access which you can control.

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These are great comment!  I am going to look into the Terminal services and see what I can do there.

Thank you all!
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