Why Access 2013 suddenly won't run on a computer with the runtime file installed

We have a computer that does not have Access installed.  We do have the Access 2013 runtime file installed and the database has been opening perfectly for some time now.  Suddenly today when we try to open the database Microsoft wants to setup the full Access version, product code and everything.

Does anyone have a idea what's going on?  Its the same computer as before, same OS, etc.

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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Not really an answer, ...just curious...
If you ignore/cancel the setup prompt, ...does the DB open normally?
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Has another version of Access or Office been installed on the machine? Sounds like you've got mismatched versions to me ...
SteveL13Author Commented:
Nope.  Same OS.  Same Office version.  (with no Access which is why we're using runtime)
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
I'd re-install the runtime.

Note that the run time version is nothing more than the full version with all the design features disabled.

So anything done relating to Office can upset the apple cart as Scott was getting at.

Beyond a re-install, only other thing I can think of is if someone clamped down on security and some registry entries are no longer read/write.   This often happens on a terminal services server where security is high, but it can get in the way.

Make sure when you do the re-install, it's done under an admin login and with a right click and "run as admin"

Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Yes - even Windows/Office updates can muck things up with the runtime.
SteveL13Author Commented:
I did a repair of the Runtime installation.  It works!

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SteveL13Author Commented:
My solution fixed the problem.
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