ADT/ODE: Error Message: Could Not Open the File Named <File Name>

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SYMPTOMS

When you are running the Setup program for an application that was created with the Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition Tools (ODE) or the Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit (ADT), you may receive the following error message:
In Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition Tools and Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit version 7.0:
Setup could not open the file '<filename>'.
In Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit version 2.0:
Could not open the file named: '<filename>'.
The specified file has a name with an extension that contains one or two letters (for example, READ.ME).

CAUSE

The Setup Wizard requires three-letter file extensions (for example, MYDB.MDB). This is a limitation of the Setup Wizard.

NOTE: Microsoft Access 97 and Microsoft Access version 7.0 allows files that have no extensions, for example, README.

RESOLUTION

To work around this problem, you can use either of the following methods:
  • Make sure all the files included with your application have three-letter extensions.
  • Use the Network Setup (Flat) option when you are prompted "What kind of distribution disks do you wish to create?" This option does not create compressed files for distribution on floppy disks, but places all the files in one folder. This option is useful for creating a Setup program that will be run from a file server or a CD-ROM image.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition Tools (ODE), and the Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit version 2.0 and 7.0.

MORE INFORMATION

Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Create a text file called READ.ME.
  2. Run the ODE or ADT Setup Wizard and specify the READ.ME file as the only file to include. When you are prompted "What kind of distribution disks do you wish to create?" select:
    In Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition Tools and Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit version 7.0:
    Either the 1.44-MB Disks or the Compressed Network Setup option.
    In Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit version 2.0:
    Either the 1.2 MB Disks or 1.44 MB Disks option.
  3. When the Setup Wizard is finished, run the new Setup program. Note that you receive the error message mentioned earlier in this article.

REFERENCES

For more information about creating disk images using the Setup wizard, search the Help Index for "Setup wizard," or ask the Microsoft Access 97 Office Assistant.

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Article ID: 127974 - Last Review: November 14, 2003 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit 2.0
  • Microsoft Access Developer's Toolkit 1.1
  • Microsoft Office 97 Developer Edition
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