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I am running MS Access 2010 and would like to package a copy

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I am running MS Access 2010 and would like to package a copy of my Access App with Access runtime 2010. I downloaded Access Runtime 2010 and sp1 from Microsoft.
I also modified my MS Office installation to show the Package Solution.
Now the question: Where is MS Access 2010 Runtime installed so that I can tell the Package Solution its location? Should it be easily visible?
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I think what you are needing is the Package Solution Wizard.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.


Thanks for the link to the Package Solution Wizard. I still have a question though. Could you please confirm that the Access file to include as shown above - AccessRuntime.exe is the same file that was downloaded into my Downloads folder from the Microsoft website when I elected to download MS Access 2010 Runtime? (Not that you can verify what I did Kiss.) I guess that I made the assumption that the MS Access 2010 Runtime download (AccessRuntime.exe) was an executable designed to install the runtime not the runtime itself. So, (one last time) to include Runtime Access 2010 in my Package, I would point to the file AccessRuntime.exe currently in my Downloads folder at 175M to include in my Installaltion Package, right? Many Thanks.

You would be correct in your assumption. Here is the link that verifies the name to that file.

Now I noticed there is two versions for this. a 32bit file and a 64bit file. So you might need to create two packages. One for your 32bit clients and one for your 64bit clients.

Also it is also a good idea to install this on a new computer so you can verify the outcome of the packaged file and it gets installed correctly. You probably would need to do a test on both a 32bit and a 64bit machine and make sure the outcome is correct.

Hope that helps you.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I went to the link that you sent - download of MS Access 2010 Runtime and I guess that it wasn't obvious from the information there that the AccessRuntime.exe file was the component to include in a Package Solution. The "Instructions" below - item #2 suggest that the AccessRuntime.exe file is a "Setup" executable meant to perform some sort of installation. Does this then mean that the end user that receives my Package containing the AccessRuntime.exe file should be directed to also double click on the AccessRuntime.exe file and perform a "Setup"? Thanks.


To install this download:
1. Download the file by clicking Download and saving the file to your hard disk.
2. Double-click the AccessRuntime.exe file on your hard disk to start the Setup program.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

I gave you the link to that page just so you can verify the name of the file. And the name of the file on the page was the same name as in your downloads. So you already download this.

It looks like you have a few options.

Require the Access 2010 Runtime to be downloaded if Access is not already installed. If Access 2010 is not already installed, then the user must download the Access 2010 Runtime from the Internet. The file name extension of the database that you specified in the File to package box will be changed to .accdr to ensure that your database always opens in run-time mode. If the user attempts to run the install package without Access 2010 or the Access 2010 Runtime installed, they will receive an error message that includes a URL where they can download the Access 2010 Runtime.
Require nothing and install the Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime. The Access 2010 Runtime will be installed with your application, even if Access 2010 is already installed. Use the Access 2010 Runtime setup package box to specify the location of the AccessRuntime.exe file on your computer. The file name extension of the database that you specified in the File to package box will be changed to .accdr to ensure that your database always opens in run-time mode.

So the second option I believe will package the Access 2010 Runtime and install it during the process. Or if you want to keep your package small then require then to download and install it with the first option above.