Review: Total Access Startup
Eases Access Deployment
Use the tool to launch a database with the appropriate version of Access
FMS is offering the Total Access Startup tool to help
you deploy and manage Microsoft Access databases. You can use it to
launch a database with the appropriate version of Access every time. FMS
suggests you use it for scenarios such as when you're upgrading Office
but still need to run legacy Access applications.
You can make sure users do the following:
Start the Access version you specify. For example, your
users will always run Access 97 with your Access 97 databases,
regardless of what Access versions are installed on their machine or
what Windows considers the default for .MDB files. This helps you avoid
the task of converting existing Access applications to later versions,
while safely migrating to the newest version of Office.
Detect and run the latest version of your Access
database. If you want, Total Access Startup can automatically install
and update a user's local copy when you release a new version.
As FMS explains, many companies keep multiple versions
of Access to avoid the cost of converting old Access databases to the
latest version. Total Access Startup lets you maintain your investment
while supporting new Access versions. If the user doesn't have the right
version of Access installed on his machine, Total Access Startup
displays a customized message showing the error along with your contact
If your users are running your application for the first
time, Total Access Startup installs the database for them. If other
files are required, you can also launch a batch file or setup program.
When you update your database, the user's local copy is
automatically updated the next time he launches it. You can also launch
a batch file or setup program if you need to install additional files
(different from what you run for the initial installation).