Total Access Startup

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Supports Microsoft Access 2010 (32 and 64 bit), 2007, 2003, 2002, 97, and 95

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Start the Right Version of Microsoft Access and Your Database Every Time


New Features:

  • Supports Access 2010 (32 and 64-bit versions) plus earlier versions
  • 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 are deployed.

  • Always Start the Access Version You Specify
    For example, you can ensure your users always run Access 2010 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 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.
  • Detect and Run the Latest Version of Your Access Database
    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 Access
    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 applications
Overview of how Total Access Startup simplifies launching Microsoft Access applications

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.

The 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 network
  • 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 Splitting Microsoft Access Databases to Improve Performance and Simplify Maintainability.

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 in Terminal ServicesSupport 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 user's profile.

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.

Microsoft Access Version Launcher SpecificationAlways 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 prevents 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 shortcut.
  • The Redistributable Launcher is given to users disconnected from your network.

Administrator Program

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 of Access)
    • 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 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 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.

Startup Program

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 network.

Distributable Program

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 License Agreement.

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 you select.

Enterprise Ready

Independently CertifiedTotal 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).

The Access 2013 version is under development. Current purchasers of Total Access Startup 2010 will receive a free upgrade to the 2013 version when it's available.

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Also Available as part of:

Total Access Ultimate Suite

Runtime/Redistributable Version

A royalty-free, distributable file is included to support disconnected users.

Licensing Information

Licensing is based on the number of copies of Total Access Startup installed. Each copy requires a separate license. One installation can manage an unlimited number of databases called by an unlimited number of users on that network.