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This article applies only to a Microsoft Access project (.adp).
For a Microsoft Access 2002 version of this article, see 290627.
You cannot install the Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) through the Office 2000 Setup program. There is a separate Setup program that you use to install the MSDE.
To install the MSDE, follow these steps.
NOTE: You can install the MSDE only from versions of Office 2000 that contain Microsoft Access.
Insert the Office 2000 CD number 1 into the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
In Windows Explorer, locate the following folder:
In the Setup folder, double-click the Setupsql.exe file.
The Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) is a new technology that provides local data storage that is compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. Because the MSDE shares the same data engine as SQL Server, most Microsoft Access projects or client/server applications run on either version unchanged.
NOTE: Unlike SQL Server 7.0, the MSDE has a 2-gigabyte database size limit, doesn't support Symmetrical Multiprocessing (SMP) on Windows 95 or later, and when using Transactional replication, can't be a replication publisher (although it can act as a replication subscriber).
For more information about the Microsoft Data Engine, click Microsoft Access Help on the Help menu, type work with a Microsoft Access project in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topics returned.