Run Ms-Access application without Ms-Access Installed.

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Hi, how can I run MS-ACCESS Application in a Windows machine with No Ms-Access installed?
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Commented:
You can't.

If you don't want to pay for a full version, you can however use the Free runtime version which allows you to run, but not design applications.  For 99% of users this is more than adequate.

You don't say what version you need so here are a few download links

John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

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You need to clarify what exactly you mean by "running an MS-ACCESS Application"
If you want the "full" functionality then you either need the full version of Access for complete control (IF you have the source code ...accdb) or the Runtime to have it run ...simply run
If you want to have access only to the data then for each case there are solutions that require only some kind of driver
Scott McDaniel (EE MVE )Infotrakker Software
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Commented:
If you end up using the runtime (which is what I think you should do) then be sure to thoroughly test the application in the runtime environment. Several features are not available in the runtime, including the navigation pane, the default ribbon, and others.

You can simulate the runtime using one of two methods:

Change the name of the file to .accdr.
Create a desktop shortcut that opens your file with the /runtime switch

There's a section on the page below that describes how to do that. It's about 3/4 of the way down the page in a section titled "How can I simulate runtime mode?":

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/deploy-an-access-application-7bb4f2ba-30ee-458c-a673-102dc34bf14f
Mark EdwardsChief Technology Officer

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One thing every developer needs to know about run-time Access is that there is NO design mode for anything.
If you use VBA to place components in design mode for manipulation, you'll get an error.

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