Frequently Asked Question

Frequently asked questions
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Do I need Microsoft Access installed on my computer to use an Access Database?


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The simple answer is YES! Microsoft Access Database is required to run an Access database. The good news is that if you don’t already have Microsoft Access Database installed on your computer Microsoft provides a FREE runtime version of Microsoft Access Database which you can download and install. However, the news is not so good if you own a Macintosh computer running a Mac OS. Microsoft Access Database does not run within the native Mac operating system.

The free Runtime version of Access database lets you run an Access database that was created in the same or an earlier full version of Microsoft Access. A new version of Runtime Access is generally released with every full version of the Access Database.

Whilst most access databases run fine in the Runtime environment, you do not have access to, or can change the design of the database. Also in the Access Database Runtime environment, you do not have access to the native Access Toolbars or Access Ribbon available in the full version of Access Database. This should not present a problem in a well-designed database where the developer has included custom toolbars and ribbons.

IMPORTANT! Never install Microsoft Access Database Runtime on a computer that already has any full version of Microsoft Access Database installed. Whilst Microsoft does not specifically advise against it, experience has shown us that serious conflicts can arise.

Click on the appropriate link below to visit the Microsoft website and download the install files for your preferred version of Microsoft Access Database Runtime.

Download Microsoft Access Runtime

Click to download the Free Runtime files for Access 2010

Click to download the Free Runtime files for Access 2013

Click to download the Free Runtime files for Access 2016

Download Ms Access Runtime Database Files

If you requested we develop a custom database for your business, and you do not already have Access Database installed, the database will be delivered packaged with Access Runtime, which automatically installs all required Access Database files required for the database to operate.

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