Start the Right Version of Microsoft Access and Your Database Every Time
SHIPPING FOR MICROSOFT ACCESS 2016 and 2013
- Supports Access 2016 and 2013, plus earlier versions
- Specify Access version bitness (32 or 64-bit)
- Select a primary Access version and range of other acceptable versions
- Display your graphic file when users launch your database
- Option to always update the local copy
- New Administrator tabbed interface
- Create shortcuts with icons from our 1150+ icon library
- Localization our user messages to your language
- More modern user interface and end user experience
- Sample settings, database and startup graphic files
- Updated help file and user manual
- Details of new features...
Total Access Startup guarantees that your users always launch the right
version of Microsoft Access with the right version of your Access database.
Centrally Manage Microsoft Access and Your Databases
From one place, you can specify and change how your Access applications are deployed.
Always Start the Access Version You Specify
For example, you can ensure your users always run Access 2016 with your database, regardless of the Microsoft Access versions
installed on their machine or what Windows considers the default for ACCDB/ADP/MDB file types. You can even allow a
range of acceptable Access versions.
Specify the Access Bitness
Microsoft Access 2010 introduced the 64-bit version of Access. Users
can have the 32 or 64-bit version installed, but your database may
only work with one of them (VBA code, API calls, ActiveX controls
may be bitness specific). Total Access Startup lets you limit which
bitness version your database supports so users without it are gracefully
prevented from opening it.
- Keep it Private: Users Never Need to Know Your Database Information
By giving your users a simple shortcut to launch your Microsoft
Access application, you hide the database name,
security settings, location of your files, etc., and can change these at any time.
- Easily Deploy Front-End Databases to Each Desktop
The first time your user launches your program, Total Access Startup
installs a copy of your database on their machine in the folder and
database name you specify. Easily specify user, desktop and profile
- Keep the User Database
You can choose to replace the user's database each time they launch your
application, or only when you release an update.
- Display a Professional Splash Screen NEW!
While your program loads, display your custom splash screen graphic to give your application a more professional look.
It can even hide the Microsoft Access splash screen.
- Support Legacy Versions of Access
By controlling the Access version for your database, you can ensure
your database runs with the Access versions you've approve even if users
install a new version. Centrally manage the constraints and easily
update the setting when you're ready to support a new version.
Everything is centrally stored so you can deploy your database
consistently across all your users and easily manage it over time.
As the administrator, you run the Total Access Startup Wizard to specify
how your application is deployed. Once completed, simply email the
shortcut that Total Access Startup generates to your users and you're done! None of Total Access Startup is installed
on your users' machines!
Overview of how Total Access Startup simplifies launching Microsoft Access
Your users just launch the shortcut and it loads the right version of
Microsoft Access with the latest version of your database. If your user
doesn't already have a copy of the database or it's out of date, it is installed on their machine.
When you update your database or change the Access version,
it's all handled centrally. When the user clicks on their shortcut, they automatically
use your latest database and specifications. Eliminate the need to make
manual changes to any user's machine.
Focus on enhancing your application and stop wasting time manually
distributing your updates to each user!
Easily Support Split Database Architectures
Multi-user Access databases should be divided into a front-end and back-end
database. The front-end is where the application resides and what the user
runs. This generally includes queries, forms, reports, macros, and modules.
back-end database contains the data (tables), and the front-end database
simply links to those tables. This split Access database architecture separates the
application from the data and provides many benefits:
- Development and Deployment is easier because you can create a
new version of your application (front-end) and distribute it without
trying to stay in synch with the user's latest data (back-end). If the back-end data needs to be modified, that can be done
in one place.
- Performance is significantly enhanced if each user has their
own database on their desktop rather than sharing a database on the
- Temporary Tables. For MDB and ACCDB databases, local tables
in the front-end database are private to each user and can keep
temporary data. For ADPs, use the #TableName syntax for private session
tables in Microsoft SQL Server.
For more information, read our technical paper on
Microsoft Access Databases to Improve Performance and Simplify
Whether it's an ACCDB, MDB or ADP, Total Access Startup makes it ideal
for managing and deploying your front-end database to every desktop.
RemoteApp Deployment of Microsoft Access Databases
If you are using the Windows 2008 R2 or later, you can use the RemoteApp
feature to deploy your Microsoft Access applications and have users launch
it from another PC in your network or through Terminal Services. For more
information, read our paper
Using Terminal Services and RemoteApp to Extend Your Microsoft Access and
other Windows Applications Over the Internet.
To manage this in a multiuser environment, each user should have their
own profile and copy of the front-end database in their own folder. Total
Access Startup lets you easily and automatically deploy copies based on each
How Total Access Startup Simplifies Access
Automatically Install New Builds of Your Application
When users run your application for the first time, Total Access Startup
installs the database for them. If other files are required, you can launch
a batch file or setup program.
Automatically Install Updates of Your Application
When you create a new version of your database, update its version
number, and Total Access Startup automatically distributes it. Every time
Total Access Startup is launched by a user, it compares the master copy to
the user's local copy. If they are out of synch, the local copy is replaced.
You can also launch a batch file or setup program if additional files (e.g.
ActiveX controls) need to be installed. The update setup can be different from the initial installation setup.
Always Launch the Correct Version of Access
Total Access Startup always launches the correct version of Access with your database
regardless of how many versions of Access are installed or
what Windows considers the default for ACCDB, MDB or ADP files. Many environments require
multiple versions of Access because the cost of converting old Access
databases to the latest version of Access is unnecessary. With Total Access
Startup, you can maintain your investment while easily supporting new Access
versions. It knows how to find the correct version of Access even if it's
installed in a different directory on every machine. You can also
specify the acceptable processor bitness of the Access (32, 64, or
Support a Specific Range of Access Versions NEW!
Current Access versions support the Access 2000 MDB and Access 2007
ACCDB format. Older versions can still open those databases, but
your application may have features that don't exist in the older
versions. Rather than settling for the lowest (oldest) common version, Total Access Startup lets you
specify the preferred version, and a range of acceptable versions. For instance, you
can specify Microsoft Access 2016 down to Access 2007. When the user
launches your database, they'll use Access 2016 (32-bit), if they don't have it,
it'll search for Access 2013, then 2010, and finally 2007. A warning
appears if they don't have any of them. Of course, your
application must be able to run in the versions you specify.
Gracefully Handle Problems
If problems occur like the user not having the specified Access version installed on their
machine, Total Access Startup displays a customized message showing the
error along with your contact information. This gracefully handles the problem and
users from being confused or inadvertently converting the database.
Customizable prompt for your users if they don't have the correct version of Microsoft Access installed
How Total Access Startup Works
Total Access Startup includes three programs:
- Administrator Wizard to specify the Microsoft Access version, database and other options, then creates the shortcut to distribute to your users
- Startup program residing on the server that is invoked by the shortcut
- Redistributable Launcher to distribute to users disconnected from your network
This Wizard lets you specify the Access version and database you want your users to use. You can specify:
- Master database location and security settings (if any)
- The allowable versions of Microsoft Access to run
- For Access 2010, 2013 and 2016, the 32-bit, 64 bit, or either version
- Access 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, 97, or 95
- The range of acceptable Access versions, if any
- The user's installation of Access versions may be retail or the free runtime version
- Whether the master database is run directly or copied to each user's PC, and the startup macro
- For local deployment, whether the database is always replaced or only replaced if the master database indicates a new version
- Startup graphic file or text to display while the program loads NEW!
- Optional setup program or batch file to run when the database is created on the local machine (useful for the first launch of the application)
- Optional setup program or batch file to run when the local copy is updated (in case you need to install other files, such as ActiveX controls)
- Contact information and explanations if your user can't start the program
When you complete the Wizard, Total Access Startup creates a small INI file and shortcut link in the network location you specify. The file includes your specifications, and the shortcut launches your database using those specifications:
Example of Files in the Distribution Folder
A small executable launches your database with the specifications set by the Administrator program. This is stored in one place on your network. An additional file is included to support
the 64 bit version of Microsoft Access 2010 and later. The Total Access Startup program is written in C++ with no dependencies, so nothing is installed or required on your users' machines.
They only need the shortcut pointing to the INI file you created on the network.
All the program's messages can be customized if you don't like our wording or want to support a non-English language. Customize our Localize.ini text file
for the best experience for your users. NEW!
Royalty-Free Distributable Launcher
Total Access Startup is also useful if you are not on a network and want
to ensure users always runs the correct version of Access with your database
even if they install new versions of Access in the future. This is ideal for
laptop computer users and distributed applications. A royalty-free,
redistributable launcher is included for supporting users not on your
network. The Redistributable Launcher ensures that users who
are not connected to your network launch your application with the correct
version of Microsoft Access. Distribution is subject to the terms of the
Cost Effective, Powerful Solution
One copy of Total Access Startup supports an unlimited number of databases
and users across your entire network. Simply create a separate settings file for
each database you deploy. Easily support local copies on each user's machine
for optimal performance, and manage it centrally.
Pricing and Availability
Total Access Startup comes in one version that supports multiple
Microsoft Access versions including Access 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003,
2002, 2000, 97, and 95. This includes support for both 32 and 64 bit versions
of Access 2010 and later.
Access Startup was independently tested by VeriTest and awarded the Designed for Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98 logo from Microsoft. Total
Access Startup is the first application designed exclusively for Microsoft Access to
receive this designation. Support for Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista for both 32 and 64 bit versions
are now included.
With VeriTest's rigorous testing and verification, you can be assured
that Total Access Startup supports the challenging environment of your
enterprise. Get Total Access Startup today to ensure all your Access applications and versions are deployed
correctly every time!
Maintaining and Migrating Legacy Microsoft Access Applications
If a Microsoft Access 97 database is opened with a later version, the
database format may be upgraded and prevent Access 97 from opening it again.
With Total Access Startup, your Microsoft Access 97 databases are
always run with Access 97 to prevent accidental database conversions.
When you migrate your Access 97 databases to a later format,
simply update the settings file to specify the new Access version and new
master database. The next time your users launch it, they get the new version
and won't be allowed to run Access 97 on it. You don't even need to send out
a new shortcut!