Start the Right
Version of Microsoft Access and Your Database Every Time
SHIPPING VERSION FOR MICROSOFT ACCESS 2010
- Supports Access 2010 (32 and 64-bit versions) plus earlier
- Specify whether users must or can use Access 2010 and either
the 32 or 64 bit version, or either
- Supports Windows 7 (and earlier operating systems) including
32 and 64 bit versions
- 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
Always Start the Access Version You Specify
For example, you can ensure your users always run Access
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.
Keep it Private: Users Never Need to Know Your Database
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.
- Detect and Run the Latest Version of Your Access
When your user launches your program, Total Access Startup automatically installs
a copy of your database on each user's machine. When you release an
update, your user's copy also gets updated.
Support Legacy Versions of
If you have Access 97 databases, you can ensure users run it
with Access 97 to avoid upgrading the database format when users run it with Access
2000 or later. Eliminate the need to immediately convert existing Access
applications to later versions, while safely migrating them one
database at a time.
Zero Deployment Design
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doesn't already have a copy of the database or it's out of date, it is installed on their machine.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 MDB, ACCDB, 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 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.
Downgrade Access Versions as Necessary
Multiple Access versions support the Access 2000 database format. However,
you may want your users to use the latest version of Access. Rather than
settling for the lowest common version, Total Access Startup lets you
specify the preferred version, then downgrade as necessary. For instance, you
can specify Microsoft Access 2010 down to Access 2000. When the user
launches your database, they'll use Access 2010 (32-bit), if they don't have it,
it'll search for Access 2007, then 2003, 2002, and finally 2000. 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.
Everything is centrally stored so you can deploy your database
consistently across all your users and easily manage it over time.
How Total Access Startup Works
Total Access Startup includes three programs.
- The Administrator program is
a wizard that lets you specify
the Microsoft Access version and database you want to use, and
creates the shortcut to distribute to your users.
- The Startup program resides on the server and is invoked by the
- The Redistributable Launcher is given to users disconnected from
This Wizard lets you specify the Access version and
database you want your users to use. You can specify:
- The Access version to run (automatically supports runtime versions
- For Access 2010, 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 database to run and the startup macro (if any)
- The location of the “master” database on the network
- The location of the “local” database installed on the user’s machine
with support for user folders and profiles
- The name of the
table and field in
the database that identifies its version (ensures
that the local database is always in sync with the master). For Access
Projects (ADPs) it's a property on the ADP.
- Optional setup program or batch file to run when the database is
created on the local machine (useful for the first launch of the
- 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
- Contact information 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 INI file includes your specifications, and the shortcut
launches your database using those specifications.
A small executable (TAStart.exe) 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 if you are supporting
the 64 bit version of Microsoft Access 2010.
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
Total Access Startup offers a royalty-free runtime distribution
option. The Redistributable Launcher (TASLnch.exe) ensures that users who
are not connected to your network launch your application with the correct
version of Microsoft Access. Please note that the Redistributable Launcher
does not support deploying database updates, since the user is disconnected
from your network. 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.
Non-Network Use of Total Access Startup
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.
Maintaining and Migrating Microsoft Access 97 Applications
With Total Access Startup, your Microsoft Access 97 databases are
always run with Access 97 to prevent accidental database conversions when
people open them with a later version of Access.
When you migrate your Access 97 databases to a later format,
you simply update the settings file to specify the new Access version and new
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 won't even need to send out
a new shortcut!
Microsoft Access 2010: 32 and 64 Bit Versions
With Total Access Startup 2010, you can control whether your users launch
the 32 or 64 bit version of Access with your database. Depending on your
database application, you may need to restrict your users to one version or
the other. Specify what's appropriate and your users can only use the one
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 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!
Pricing and Availability
Total Access Startup comes in one version that supports multiple
Microsoft Access versions including Access 95, 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007,
and 2010 (32 and 64 bit versions).