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Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.
You can install multiple versions of Microsoft Access 97 and earlier on the same computer, and you can even run the separate versions simultaneously with one exception: you cannot run Microsoft Access 1.x and Microsoft Access 2.0 at the same time.
NOTE: For information about running Access 97 and Access 2000 on the same computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/241141/EN-US/ )ACC2000: How to Install Access 97 and Access 2000 on Same Computer
As long as you set up each version of Microsoft Access in its own folder (directory), you can have more than one version installed on your computer at the same time.
NOTE: You may receive an error message if you install Microsoft Access 7.0 on a computer where Microsoft Access 97 is already installed. For information about resolving the error, please see the following article here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
159793When you have more than one version of Microsoft Access on the same computer, Microsoft Windows can only associate one version of Microsoft Access with the .mdb file extension. By default, the version of Microsoft Access that you installed most recently starts when you open an .mdb file directly by using a shortcut, an icon, Windows Explorer, or File Manager. If you want to open a database (.mdb) file in another version of Microsoft Access, you must start that version, and then open the database.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/159793/EN-US/ )ACC: "Can't Load Mspdox35.dll" Err Msg Installing MS Access 95
You can change which version of Microsoft Access is associated with the .mdb file name extension by using the following instructions.
NOTE: Windows 95 and Windows NT version 4.0 offer the Open With and Send To shortcut menu commands as alternatives to changing the .mdb file association. For more information about using these options, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/141017/EN-US/ )How to Add Items to the "Send To" List
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/141275/EN-US/ )How to Open a File with Other Than Associated Program
Changing File Association in Windows 2000
Changing File Association in Windows 95 and Windows NT version 4.0
Changing File Association in Windows NT version 3.51
For more information about associating file types with programs, search the Windows Help Index for "associating."
Article ID: 159333 - Last Review: January 11, 2015 - Revision: 2.1