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How To Have Your ODBC Jet 3.5 and 4.0 Applications Co-exist
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When you install MDAC 2.1 or later, Microsoft Office 2000, or Microsoft Visual Studio 6 SP3, it upgrades the ODBC drivers for Jet from version 3.5 to version 4.0. Existing applications use the new drivers automatically and this may cause some applications to fail if they require functionality that the new ODBC drivers does not support. This article provides two methods to allow your ODBC applications that require Jet 3.5 and Jet 4.0 to co-exist.
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The steps described should only be used if you are an experienced programmer. Modification to the Windows Registry may cause some applications or the operating system to change behavior or stop working. Make a backup of the registry before attempting any modifications.
Upgrading your Microsoft Access ODBC driver from version 3.5 to version 4.0 provides your applications a number of benefits, including the ability to read and write Jet 4.0 format MDB files. However, if your application uses the IISAM drivers, some functionality is lost, which could result in your application not working.
For new application development, note the following loss of functionality and respective workarounds with the Jet 4.0 ODBC Driver:
For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
237994However, this method prevents applications requiring the version 4.0 ODBC driver from working correctly. It is also susceptible to having the ODBC driver upgraded the next time an MDAC or other application is installed.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/237994/EN-US/ )INFO: MDAC Upgrade Issues with Access ODBC Driver
The methods described below allow your ODBC applications that use Jet 3.5 and Jet 4.0 to co-exist and run simultaneously on the same computer. It assumes that Jet 3.5 and Jet 4.0 are both installed on the computer and the default ODBC driver, as shown in ODBC Administrator, is version 4.0. If you need to install Jet 3.5 on the computer, you can install any DAO 3.5 application that uses the appropriate IISAM drivers or you can copy and register the files outlined in the following Knowledge Base article:
240377The following two methods describe how the Jet 3.5 and Jet 4.0 ODBC Drivers to co-exist. The first method works with any 32-bit version of Microsoft Windows, but requires the application to use a DSN to make the connection. The second method works regardless of whether the application uses a DSN or makes a DSN-less connection, but can only be implemented on either Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition or Microsoft Windows 2000.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240377/EN-US/ )How To Insuring Jet 3.5 Is Installed Correctly
The DSN MethodWhen making an ODBC connection through a DSN, the ODBC driver manager uses the path to the driver as stored in the Windows Registry for the DSN. Normally, this points to the default version of the ODBC driver. However, you can override this and make the DSN point to a copy of the ODBC driver in your application directory, or if the DSN is used by more than one application, in some other standard location. The registry key for a System DSN is:
The registry key for a User DSN is:
Where dsn-name is the name of the DSN. Alter the Driver value to point to the directory where the alternate driver is located. You will also need to copy the following files to the target directory:
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The LOCAL File MethodMicrosoft Windows 98 Second Edition and Microsoft Windows 2000 introduce a new feature for redirecting COM and LoadLibrary calls. This feature overrides the specified path and causes the DLL or OCX to be loaded from the application directory. To implement the LOCAL File Method, complete the following steps:
Notes for "The LOCAL File Method":
Article ID: 244040 - Last Review: July 1, 2004 - Revision: 2.2