Total Access Startup guarantees that your users always launch the right version of Microsoft Access with the right version of your Access database.
From one place, you can specify and change how your Access applications are deployed.
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 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 If your user doesn't already have a copy of the database or it's out of date, it is installed on their machine.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!
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:
For more information, read our technical paper on Splitting Microsoft Access Databases to Improve Performance and Simplify Maintainability.
Whether it's an ACCDB, MDB or ADP database format, Total Access Startup makes it ideal for managing and deploying your front-end database to every desktop. Support extends to any database name supported by Access including *.ACCDE, *.ACCDR, and *.MDE file extensions.
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.
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. Specify the folder and file name of the user's copy of your database. It can be in a specific folder name (e.g. C:\MyApp) or a Windows user name folder such as MyDocuments, Desktop, or Users that's based on their login.
When you create a new version of your database and update its version number, 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.
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 due to the cost of converting old Access databases to the latest version of Access. 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 both).
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.
You can now specify a graphic file that appears while your program and Access loads to give it a very professional look:
Create and display your own graphic file in BMP, GIF, JPG, and PNG formats. It can replace the Microsoft Access splash screen from appearing to your users.
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.
Customizable prompt for your users if they don't have the correct version of Microsoft Access installed
Total Access Startup includes three programs:
This Wizard lets you specify the Access version and database you want your users to use. You can specify:
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!
Total Access Startup is also useful if you are not on a network and want to ensure users always run 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 License Agreement.
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.
Total Access Startup comes in one version that supports multiple Microsoft Access versions including Office 365/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.
Total Access Startup Pricing
for Microsoft Access
|All Access Versions
Premium Support Subscription
Also Available as part of:
Total Access Ultimate Suite
|A royalty-free, distributable file is included to launch your database with the right version of Microsoft Access for people disconnected from your network.
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.
Total 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!
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!
Supports Microsoft Office 365/2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, 97, and 95
"Total Access Startup is an amazing product and an incredible value. It's not only made my job as a developer easier but it provides a great service to our users"
M. Killough, a happy customer