MZ-Tools 3.0 could not be loaded

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For many years I have been using MZ-Tools Add-in features from time to time. Today I wanted to use line numbering in some code in my module and the add-in won't work. When I try to set it to load on startup and reopen it says ""MZ-Tools 3.0 could not be loaded. Remove it from the available list of add-ins?". It could be that it hasn't been working since I upgraded to MS Access 2013 several months ago, but it surprises me that it's taken me so long to realize it. I looked on the web site and not that version 8 is now being offered for about $80. Is there a way to get my old version working or do I need to buy a new version?
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Commented:
My guess is your running 64 bit Office and if that's the case, then no.

Although with that said, if you are running 64 bit Office, you might want to consider going to 32 bit for this very reason.   There are many add-ins and other components that are not available in 64 bit.

In fact Microsoft is still recommending most users go with 32 bit.

The feature set in 64 bit is the same, with the only difference being that you can have very large spreadsheets in Excel and Projects in MS Project.

Note that you cannot mix 32 and 64 bit within the same version of Office (you can't have 32 bit Access and 64 bit Excel for example).

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FWIW, I'm running 2013 (32 bit) and MZTools works fine on my machine.

Note too that if you are running 64-bit and cannot change, the paid version of MZTools will work in that 64-bit environment. Also, there have been a LOT of changes to the product, so if it's useful to you it's most certainly worth the time to reward the developer for all the work that went into it!

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I am running 32 bit version. Is there somewhere I can download the old version of MZ-Tools and reinstall?
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According to the MZ Tools website, the older versions are no longer available for download.

It's possible you could find a download for older versions somewhere, but be very, very careful with that. In most cases, sites that provide those downloads either include tons of junkware, or are loaded up with viruses (or both).

The Experts can't provide you with the install even they have an older copy. EE policy prohibits us from doing so.

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Thanks Scott. Do you know if there's a repair function in MZ-Tools or is that the end of the road, unless I can find a download in my old archives to enable me to reinstall it?
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I don't know of a repair option, and from looking at my Control Panel I don't see where that option exists in the Add/Remove Programs applet.

You might try setting it to not load on startup, then open/close Access, then set it to load. That sometimes helps to reset any errant registry entries.

Other than that - be sure your Office/Windows are fully up to date. If that fails, you'll have to find the old install file and remove/reinstall, and hope for the best.
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I have a copy,   Email is in my profile

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If you have other Access Add-Ins (like most of us),  uninstall them ... then install MZTools first, followed by the other addins.  I've seen this happen from time to time with MZTools (et al) ... and that usually fixes it.
If you are using Access from a Office 365 subscribtion, I've heard that some addins are having trouble loading because the Office 365 version installs in a different directory than usual. If that's the case, let me know and I will try to dig up some more information on how to proceed.

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Thanks for all your suggestions. I have no other add-ins so removing and reinstalling is not an option. I am not using Office 365, just a retail version of MS Office 2013. And I've tried the load on startup on/off option but none of it works. However Jim appears to have a solution and I have tried emailing. Hopefully he will solve all my problems, yet again.

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With the help of Jim, I now have a fresh copy of MZ Tools but I am now unable to register. I am closing this question but have raised a new one as it is really a new problem.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28903800/Can't-Register-my-DLL-file.html

Thanks to all who contributed.

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