Frequently Asked Questions for Total Access Detective
Total Access Detective is a Microsoft Access add-in, and is Access
version specific. For example, Total Access Detective 2016 only runs in Microsoft Access 2016
(32 or 64 bit versions) and supports the ACCDB and MDB database formats
Access 2016 opens.
Total Access Detective works with databases in any format that is
supported by the specific version of Access. For example, the Access 2010
version supports ACCDBs from Access 2010 or 2007, MDBs from Access 2000 to
2007, and ADPs.
Similarly, Total Access Detective 2003 works with any database
format Access 2003 supports including Access 2000-2003 formats, provided that the database is opened
in MS Access 2003. It does not support ACCDB files since Access 2003 can't
The following versions of Total Access Detective are available:
Product Compatibility Chart for version information for all of our
You should have the latest Service Pack of your Access/Office version
installed. For information on the history of Access versions, visit our
Microsoft Access Version Releases, Service Packs, Hotfixes, and Updates History page.
Total Access Detective does not require Administrator rights if installed for current user.
Total Access Detective does require Administrator rights if installed for local machine.
Yes. In addition to
differences between the designs and structures of tables, there is an
option to detect differences between data in two tables. The results are
displayed in a list of new and modified records. For modified records, the
fields which differ and their values are documented. The list can be printed
or exported to your database where you can use it to link to your tables to
retrieve the records.
Note that if you are comparing data between two
databases, the comparison is performed between the tables
stored in those two databases and not for linked tables. If
you want to compare data in the linked database, point to
that database directly.
For more info, visit: Compare
Records (data) Between Microsoft Access Tables and Queries
Yes. After documenting the data differences, there is an option to
combine the data from the two tables. You can specify which table's new and
modified records are kept. The new table is created in your database.
For more info, visit
from Two Microsoft Access Tables into a New Table
Can I compare Access Data Projects (ADP files) with Total Access Detective?
Yes. Access Data Projects connect directly to a SQL Server database
and let you use Access objects (forms, reports, macros, modules,
and command bars) against the tables, views, stored procedures, etc.
defined in the SQL Server database.
Total Access Detective lets you compare the Microsoft
Access objects contained in your ADPs for differences. It
cannot compare the SQL Server objects between two ADPs
because it's not connected to your SQL Server databases to
To compare SQL Server tables and their data from an ADP,
run the Total Access Detective add-in when you have your ADP
open. That will let you select the tables to compare.
If you need to compare data between two SQL Server
databases, create an Access ACCDB or MDB file, then link to
the two tables. Run the Total Access Detective add-in to
Total Access Detective can compare secured databases if:
- Both databases use the same workgroup security file (*.MDW).
- The user group has open/run permissions for the database (not
necessary for specific objects, just needed at the database level).
If you launch the database comparison from the Windows shortcut for Total
Access Detective, then open a secure database, you may get this error
Error -2147467259, "You do not have the necessary permissions to use the object"
This error indicates that you are trying to compare two databases that
use Workgroup security and you haven't provided your credentials. Total
Access Detective cannot bypass the security system of Access if you don't
have the right to see those objects.
To compare two secured databases, follow these steps:
- Launch Access with your Workgroup Security file (or open your secured database
using the Workgroup Security file, then close it without exiting
- Open the Total Access Detective database for comparing
databases. This is located in the folder where Total Access Detective is
- For Access 2007 and 2010, it's TADetect.ACCDB
- For Access 2003 or earlier, it's TADetect.MDB
- To compare ADPs, open TADetect.ADP
- The main form appears and you select the databases to
compare as you normally would.
You can also create a Windows shortcut that launches
Access with your workgroup security information and opens
the Total Acess Detective file.
Although there is not a trial version for Total Access
Detective, you can take the online tour to find out more about this product. All
FMS products come with a 30-day money back guarantee, so you can
buy with confidence!
This error occurs when you attempt to run the Documentation 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.
Registered users of Total Access Detective are automatically notified of
product updates. From time to time, the FMS development team may release
updates of our products. For the latest versions of Total Access Detective,
Upon launching Total Access Detective - Error: The Visual Basic for
Applications project in the database is corrupt
This VBA error may occur when you launch Total Access
Detective. Unfortunately, due to Access flagging a VBA
error, our code cannot run to properly trap and handle the
This is most likely due to your version of Access not
having the latest service pack installed. In general, we try
to create versions of our products that work with all
Microsoft Access releases for a version. Unfortunately,
that's not always possible since Microsoft sometimes breaks
compatibility with their updates, and some of the updates
fix problems to allow our programs (and yours) to
If you have these Microsoft Access versions, be sure you
have at least these service packs installed:
- Microsoft Access 2010, 64-bit version: SP1
(not an issue for the 32-bit version)
- Microsoft Access 2007: SP2 (Microsoft
Office 2007 versions)
- Microsoft Access 2003: SP3
If you don't have these versions, your Windows Update
feature can download and install them for you.
If you have the latest versions installed, and still
encounter this problem, our program may be corrupt and you
should uninstall and reinstall it. Make sure the files in
the Total Access Detective folder are all deleted before