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ACC2002: Can't Use /Pwd Option with Password-Protected Database
Article ID: 292302 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q292302
Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
For a Microsoft Access 2000 version of this article, see 207891
When you try to start Microsoft Access by using the /pwd command-line option to open a database that is password-protected, the Logon dialog box is displayed, even if you supply the correct password.
The /pwd option is used to provide the user-level security account password, not the database password.
In order to use the /pwd command-line option to start Microsoft Access, implement User-Level Security.
Microsoft Access offers two ways to protect a database with a password:
The Security Account password is used when you define user-level security for a workgroup. With user-level security, you must type a username and a password to open a database. After the database is open, your username determines the type of access you have to each object in the database.
When you use the /pwd command-line option, it always applies to a Security Account password.
You may also see this behavior if you are using user-level security and you do not supply the correct user-level password. In this case as well, you do not receive an error message.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you are using the correct case as well. If, for example, you have assigned the password "oneSock" to yourself, and you then try to use the password "onesock" with the /pwd command-line option, Access prompts you for the password; you do not receive an error.
Steps to Reproduce the Behavior
For more information about the differences between security accountpasswords and a database password, click Microsoft Access Help on the Help menu, type about passwords in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.
For more information about command-line options, click Microsoft Access Help on the Help menu, type startup command-line options in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.