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Access Database Engine installation help needed RRS feed

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  • I am using Visual Studio Community 2017 (VS), V 15.4.4, to create a Windows Forms interface to some existing Microsoft Access tables. I cannot change the tables to SQL because there are users who connect to the tables with MS Access and at this time change would be a disruptive process that is not an option.

    When I attempt to establish a data connection from VS, using the process shown at <https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/data-tools/connect-to-data-in-an-access-database-windows-forms> I discover that the Office 2016 (365 Pro Plus) subscription did not install the “Microsoft Office 12.0 Access Database Engine. (Step 9)

    So, as instructed in step 9, I proceed to <https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=23734> download the, “AccessDatabaseEngine.exe” file and follow the installation instructions.

    When “AccessDatabaseEngine.exe” runs, the following message appears:

    “You cannot install the 32-bit version of Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016 because you currently have 64-bit Office products installed. If you want to install 32-bit Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016, you will first need to remove the 64-bit installation of office products. After uninstalling the following products, rerun setup in order to install 32-bit version of Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016:

    Office 16 Click-to-Run Extensibility Component 64-bit Registration”

    Then after clicking “OK” in the above error message, I get:

    “Installation ended prematurely because of an error.”

    No additional information is provided.

    In Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Programs and Features, I do not see any reference to “Office 16 Click-to-Run Extensibility Component 64-bit Registration.” The only thing about Office is “Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus – en-us,” and that only allows various broad repair options for the complete Office installation.

    All the Office modules, Access, Word, Excel, etc. are 32-Bit.

    Any Ideas?


    • Edited by grahamvb Sunday, November 19, 2017 5:45 PM
    • Changed type grahamvb Thursday, December 7, 2017 1:52 PM No response
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 12:33 AM

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