Using Accessruntime 2013

I need some clarification on how to use the Access Runtime.
Is this something used on the developers computer to package the solution, or installed on the users computer to operate the solution?

thanks for your support!

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Normally It is installed on the users so they can operate the solution...
But can do an Installation package as described here
Please remember that in either cases you must setup so extra things like Security,Action Queries
Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
the access runtime is used to run access application without the need to install the FULL access version.
you can not edit, create objects in the runtime version.

in the FULL version, you can create/ modify objects, write/edit codes

see this link for more info
Kanti PrasadCommented:

Access Runtime is distributed to users who do not have a license of Access. The developer will have the full version as run time is a scalled down version.

The runtime is similar to the full version of Access but designed for users to only run existing Access databases. They cannot create their own or modify the design of your databases and some features are missing .

The instructions of  how to use is in the below link
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The runtime is actually the same physical file as the full version and is installed in the same Office folder.  When installed as the runtime, it simply hides development features.  This is why you would have trouble installing both the runtime and full version for the same version of Access.    You can install the runtime for a different version because it gets installed in a different folder but typically, users don't have the full version installed at all so this isn't a problem.  

For developers, the best solution is to use a VM for testing with the runtime so you can simulate the user's environment.

When you distribute your FE, compile the app to a .accde and then rename it to .accdr.  The .accdr extension tells all versions of Access to pretend to be the runtime and hide all development features.  This produces a smoother interface since some actions cause the navigation pane to be displayed and in a user app, you NEVER want them to see the navigation pane.
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
In addition to what's already been said, Sagekey offers probably the best installer out there as it takes care of many of the issues you will encounter.

Inno has been another favoriate of Access developers, but you need to develop your own scripts.   However unlike Sagkey, it's free.

and as has already been mentioned, you can just to it bare bones:  tell your user where to download the run time from Microsoft's site, then give them a copy of the DB.  Depending on the situation, you may want to distribute that as a accde, which is a version with all the source code stripped out.

There are some things there though that you need to watch out for (like making sure you keep a good copy of the original), but that's the way most will distribute.

 You are not required however to use the .accde format.


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DGWhittakerAuthor Commented:
Thanks All!
I found it helps to have an autoexec Macro to get things started for my runtime users. (my bad,)

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