Frequently Asked Questions for Total Access Startup

What version of Total Access Startup do I need? What versions of Microsoft Access does Total Access Startup support?

Total Access Startup 2016 (version 16) supports Microsoft Access databases that your run with Microsoft Access 2016 though Access 95. This includes:

  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Access 2016, 2013, and 2010 (Access versions 16, 15, and 14 respectively)
  • Access 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, 97, and 95 (versions 14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, and 7 respectively)

Total Access Startup is the best way to make sure that all users run the correct version of your database, in the correct version of Microsoft Access. For information on the history of Access versions, visit our Microsoft Access Version Releases, Service Packs, Hotfixes, and Updates History page.

If you have an earlier version, these are the new features added in Total Access Startup 2016.

Can I try Total Access Startup before I buy it?

Download the Trial Version to try Total Access Startup before you buy it.

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Does Total Access Startup Require Administrator Rights?

Running the Administrator program for Total Access Startup does not require Windows Administrator rights, but you may need Administrator rights to install it if it's dependencies aren't already installed on your PC. The Administrator program includes portions in Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET.

Your PC should have a copy of Access installed that supports the databases you're supporting. That is, if you want to manage ACCDB databases, you should have Access 2007 or later installed.

Beyond that, the program installs these Microsoft components if needed (this should not be an issue for Windows NT 4 or later):

  • Microsoft Tabbed Dialog Control 6.0 (tabctl32.ocx)
  • Microsoft Visual Basic virtual machine (msvbvm60.dll)
  • Microsoft Windows Common Controls 6.0 (mscomctl.ocx)
  • Microsoft Windows Common Dialog Control 6.0 (comdlg32.ocx)

How many licenses of Total Access Startup do I need? I have many databases that I want to launch with Total Access Startup, and many users on the network who access these databases.

Each Database Administrator that installs Total Access Startup and/or applies its functionality to databases needs his or her own license of Total Access Startup.

A single license of Total Access Startup allows the registered user to create shortcuts for an unlimited number of databases, and distribute the shortcuts to an unlimited number of users across a network (allowing network users to launch the correct version of your database in the correct version of Microsoft Access).

Total Access Startup also includes a free runtime distribution option that allows you to distribute a subset of the product's functionality with your applications. See the Runtime License FAQ below for details.

For more information, refer to the License Agreement.

What is the Runtime License, or how can I distribute Total Access Startup functionality with my application?

Total Access Startup offers a free runtime distribution option. The Redistributable Launcher (TASLnch.exe) ensures that users who are not connected to your network, launch your application with the correct version of Microsoft Access. Like the regular program, you can specify a specific Access version, or a range of Access versions and whether to start from the newest to oldest or vice versa. If the Access version isn't installed, your message telling them about the problem and next steps appears.

The Redistributable Launcher does not support deploying database updates, since the user is disconnected from your network.

The Runtime License gives you the non-exclusive, royalty-free right to incorporate Total Access Startup in your applications, provided that:

  1. Each developer using the SOFTWARE owns a Runtime License.
  2. Your application adds substantial value to the SOFTWARE and is not a standalone launcher program.
  3. Your application does not attempt to replicate the interactive user interface of the SOFTWARE.
  4. Your application is not a freeware or shareware product.
  5. You only distribute the Redistributable Launcher and no other files of the SOFTWARE.

Distribution is subject to the terms of the License Agreement.

How do I prepare my database so that users always get the latest version of my application?

For standard Microsoft Access Jet databases (MDBs and ACCDBs), Total Access Startup uses a field to determine if the userís local copy is up-to-date with the "master" copy of the database. Simply create a "Version" table in your database with a field to store the version information. You can even make this table hidden, so your users don't inadvertently modify it.

For Access Data Projects (ADPs), create a custom property for your version information. Creating a custom property is as simple as right-clicking on the ADP in Windows Explorer and opening the Properties dialog to the Version tab. Then just add a new property named "TASVersion" and set the value. That's it!

When you update your application, simply increment the version number in the master database, and all your users are automatically updated the next time they open it.

The Total Access Startup help file includes complete details about preparing your database or ADP for use with Total Access Startup.

Why do I have the error "Update Wizard not initialized properly " when trying to run the Update Wizard for Total Access Startup?

This error occurs when you attempt to run the Update Wizard by double clicking the "Update.exe" directly instead of running it from the Windows Programs Menu shortcut.

This is because the update.exe file requires parameters to run and return the correct information. In order to determine if there is an update available for this product, please run the update wizard program from the Windows Programs menu or Windows Metro menu.

Does Total Access Startup support Access Data Projects (ADPs)?

Total Access Startup 2016 supports ADPs. This was added in the 2007 version which also included these enhancements Total Access Startup 2007 (version 12.0). See the previous FAQ for information about preparing ADPs for Total Access Startup.

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Supports Microsoft Access 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 97, and 95

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