ACC2000: How to Control Whether Access Loads the Borland Data Engine (BDE)

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Summary

If you want to control when and if the Borland Database Engine (BDE) is used by Microsoft Access, you can do so by changing the value in the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Jet\4.0\Engines\Xbase\BDE
NOTE: You may have to manually add this key.

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The following steps show you how to add this registry key and how to set the appropriate value.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

In Microsoft Windows 95 or 98

  1. Click Start, click Run, and then type regedit in the Open box.
  2. In Registry Editor, locate the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Jet\4.0\Engines\Xbase
  3. If you see the BDE entry (the BDE entry is of type DWord) under the Xbase key, go on to step 8. If the BDE entry is not under the Xbase key, you must add it. To add the BDE key with its associated DWord value, follow steps 4 through 7:
  4. Click the Xbase key.
  5. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value. You see a new DWORD with the temporary name of New Value #1 appear under the Xbase key.
  6. Click New Value #1, and then on the Edit menu, click Rename.
  7. Change the name to BDE.
  8. Double-click BDE to open it.
  9. Under Base, click Decimal.
  10. In the Value data box, set the BDE key to one of the following three values:
    • 0 - Use the BDE if it is installed. If not, use the ISAM.
    • 1 - Always use the BDE. If it's not installed then fail.
    • 2 - Always use the ISAM.

    After you type the setting that you want in Value data, click OK.

  11. Quit Registry Editor.

In Microsoft Windows NT or Windows 2000

  1. Click Start, click Run, and then type regedt32 in the Open box.
  2. In Registry Editor, locate the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Jet\4.0\Engines\Xbase
  3. If you see the BDE entry (the BDE entry is of type DWord) under the Xbase key, double-click it, and then go to step 8. If the BDE entry is not under the Xbase key, you must add it. To add the BDE key with its associated DWord value, follow steps 4 through 7:
  4. Click the Xbase key.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Add Value.
  6. In the Value Name box, type BDE.
  7. In the Data Type list, click REG_DWORD, and then click OK.
  8. In the Data box, type one of the following three values:
    • 0 - Use the BDE if it is installed. If not, use the ISAM.
    • 1 - Always use the BDE. If it's not installed then fail.
    • 2 - Always use the ISAM.

  9. Under Radix, click Decimal. Click OK.
  10. Quit Registry Editor.

References

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Article ID: 248841 - Last Review: October 25, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition
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