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This article was previously published under Q235280
Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb).
When you start Microsoft Access 97 by double-clicking the Msaccess.exe file or a shortcut directed to that file, you may receive the following error message:
When you try to open a database by double-clicking the .mdb file or a shortcut directed to that file, you find that it opens, but that you cannot see the Database window or most of the default menus and toolbars. If your database doesn't have a Startup form, you only see a gray background in Access.
Can't find the database you specified, or you didn't specify a database at all.
Specify a valid database in the command line and include a path if necessary.
You may also experience the following symptoms:
You have installed Microsoft Office 2000 on a computer that already has both Access 97 (installed with Office 97 Professional) and a run-time application built on Access 97 installed.
The Office 2000 Setup routine recognized the existence of the Access 97 run-time program on the computer, but removes certain files and registry keys needed for the full version of Access 97 to run correctly.
Reinstall Office 97 Professional to replace the files and registry keys that were removed by the Office 2000 installation.
Reinstalling Office 97 ProfessionalNOTE: Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
During the reinstallation of Office 97, the application icons on the Programs submenu of the Start menu will be changed to start the Office 97 versions of the Office applications. If you want to change the Start menu so that it starts the Office 2000 versions of the applications, you have to repair the Office 2000 installation.
Repairing the Office 2000 Icons
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Office 2000.
The Setup routine for Microsoft Office 2000 Premium is designed to handle the following two different types of pre-existing software installations:
Steps to Reproduce Behavior
The following article describes a similar issue that results in the same error message described at the beginning of this article:
235279For additional information about installing Access 97 and Access 2000 on the same computer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/235279/EN-US/ )ACC2000: "Can't Find the Database You Specified" Error When Starting Access 97 on Computer with Office 2000 Small Business Tools
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/241141/EN-US/ )ACC2000: How to Install Access 97 and Access 2000 on the Same Computer
Article ID: 235280 - Last Review: January 24, 2007 - Revision: 3.2