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    Anyone know if you can install Access 97 on windows 8 64bit?

    Client said he had done it but it has now stopped and anytime you try and open a database I get the error MS Acces cannot be started MS Access was unable to initialize the windows registry, tried re-running the installation but that will fail as well with Setup error says it can't access the off97pro.inf

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    Re: Access 97 installation issue

    Windows compatibility list.

    It's not compatible with Windows 8.
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    • #3
      Re: Access 97 installation issue

      Originally posted by blkbelt65 View Post
      Anyone know if you can install Access 97 on windows 8 64bit?

      Client said he had done it but it has now stopped and anytime you try and open a database I get the error MS Acces cannot be started MS Access was unable to initialize the windows registry, tried re-running the installation but that will fail as well with Setup error says it can't access the off97pro.inf
      Access 97? Why?

      You could possibly try running the exe in compatibility mode but I doubt it will help you.

      Right click on the access exe file and click on troubleshoot compatibility and see what it comes up with.

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      • #4
        Re: Access 97 installation issue

        Time for a virtual machine running an older OS -- XP might do it...
        Tom Jones
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        • #5
          Re: Access 97 installation issue

          The issue with this client is that who ever setup the machine loaded Access 97 with no issues and now a couple weeks later it says it has to be reinstalled with the error message above. He does not want it in a VM as that was my initial thought.

          He's just a grumpy client and at this point I've told him he needs to update or get a windows 7 machine as everyone else in the company that uses those same DB's are using 97 under windows 7 with no issues but of course the owner had to have windows 8 and now much of what he does has issues. Gotta love end users....

          Thanks for the replies everyone!

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