You receive a "ActiveX component can't create object" error message when using Access

For a Microsoft Access 2000 version of this article, see 319841 .


Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.

For a Microsoft Access 97 version of this article, see 296205 .

Symptoms

When you use Microsoft Access, you receive the following error message:
ActiveX component can't create object
This article describes some common causes for this error message and offers methods that you can use to resolve the issue.

Cause

This behavior can occur if any of the following conditions are true:
  • Data Access Objects (DAO) is not properly registered.

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  • One or more references are missing.

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  • There is a utility database reference that is not valid.

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  • You do not have the required permissions for required libraries.

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  • There is a damaged wizard file.

Resolution

Cause 1: DAO is not properly registered
Cause 2: One or more references are missing
Cause 3: There is a utility database reference that is not valid
Cause 4: You do not have the required permissions for required libraries
Cause 5: There is a damaged wizard file

More Information

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Properties

Article ID: 319844 - Last Review: Aug 7, 2013 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Office Access 2007, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Access 2002 Standard Edition

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