ACC: Microsoft Access Cannot Find DESKEDIT.EXE File (1.x/2.0)

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If you attempt to open the Microsoft Access README.TXT file or click the Microsoft Access Q&A icons, you may receive the following error message:
Cannot find DESKEDIT.EXE.


This error results when Norton Desktop for Windows, one of the Norton Utilities, has been deleted from your computer. This change causes Microsoft Windows to lose the association with the .TXT files.


In Windows File Manager, reassociate your text files using Notepad, as follows:
  1. Open the Access subdirectory in File Manager.
  2. Select the README.TXT file.
  3. From the File menu, choose Associate.
  4. In the Associate dialog box, choose Text File (NOTEPAD.EXE).
  5. Press ENTER. Your text files are now reassociated.


Norton Utilities is manufactured by Peter Norton Computing, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.


Article ID: 98803 - Last Review: October 22, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Access 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 2.0 Standard Edition
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