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MS Access Runtime 2003

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  • Hi,

    Currently, MS Office Access 2003 (part of MS Office Professional Edition 2003) is licensed to me, do I can free download and install MS Access Runtime 2003 to several users in my team in order to run my MS Access application built. If not, how to get and deploy MS Access Runtime 2003 to users in my company. Is Access 2003 Developer Extensions different from MS Office Access 2003 licensed to me?

    I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.

    NQ. Viet

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 4:13 AM

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  • No, to be used, the Access Runtime 2003 must be bought separately and cannot be downloaded freely.

    The Access 2003 Runtime is not the same as the Access 2003 Office Developer Extensions and to buy, you need to buy the kit Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003 or VSTO 2003.  This was a box with many things trown into it; including a copy of Visual Studio 2003 and both the Access 2003 Runtime and the Access 2003 Developer Extensions.

    You can also get a copy of the Access 2003 Runtime with some of the MSDN subscriptions but I'm not sure wich level is the minimal level.

    However, the runtime for both the Access 2007 and 2010 can be downloaded freely; see:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=57A350CD-5250-4DF6-BFD1-6CED700A6715

    So my suggestion would be that you switch to Access 2010; as it will cost you less to buy a copy of Access 2010 and use its free runtime instead of buying a MSDN subscription or trying to get your hand on a copy of the VSTO 2003 box.


    Sylvain Lafontaine, ing.
    MVP - Access
    Blog/web site: http://coding-paparazzi.sylvainlafontaine.com
    Independent consultant and remote programming for Access and SQL-Server (French)

    • Marked as answer by Bessie Zhao Monday, September 27, 2010 10:13 AM
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:34 AM
  • To further what Sylvia said:

    <quote>For Access 2003, the Access runtime software is shipped with the Microsoft Office Access 2003 retail product, and the royalty-free Access runtime license is a component of the Access 2003 Developer Extensions. Even though the runtime software is included in the Microsoft Office Access 2003 retail product, the right to distribute the runtime is not included. You must purchase the Access 2003 Developer Extensions to obtain a royalty-free license to package and distribute the runtime.</quote>

    from: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/obtain-and-deploy-the-access-2003-runtime-HA001120886.aspx

    also: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb229700.aspx

    ...but that's for 2007...

    • Marked as answer by Bessie Zhao Monday, September 27, 2010 10:13 AM
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:28 PM

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  • No, to be used, the Access Runtime 2003 must be bought separately and cannot be downloaded freely.

    The Access 2003 Runtime is not the same as the Access 2003 Office Developer Extensions and to buy, you need to buy the kit Visual Studio Tools for Office 2003 or VSTO 2003.  This was a box with many things trown into it; including a copy of Visual Studio 2003 and both the Access 2003 Runtime and the Access 2003 Developer Extensions.

    You can also get a copy of the Access 2003 Runtime with some of the MSDN subscriptions but I'm not sure wich level is the minimal level.

    However, the runtime for both the Access 2007 and 2010 can be downloaded freely; see:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=57A350CD-5250-4DF6-BFD1-6CED700A6715

    So my suggestion would be that you switch to Access 2010; as it will cost you less to buy a copy of Access 2010 and use its free runtime instead of buying a MSDN subscription or trying to get your hand on a copy of the VSTO 2003 box.


    Sylvain Lafontaine, ing.
    MVP - Access
    Blog/web site: http://coding-paparazzi.sylvainlafontaine.com
    Independent consultant and remote programming for Access and SQL-Server (French)

    • Marked as answer by Bessie Zhao Monday, September 27, 2010 10:13 AM
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:34 AM
  • To further what Sylvia said:

    <quote>For Access 2003, the Access runtime software is shipped with the Microsoft Office Access 2003 retail product, and the royalty-free Access runtime license is a component of the Access 2003 Developer Extensions. Even though the runtime software is included in the Microsoft Office Access 2003 retail product, the right to distribute the runtime is not included. You must purchase the Access 2003 Developer Extensions to obtain a royalty-free license to package and distribute the runtime.</quote>

    from: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/obtain-and-deploy-the-access-2003-runtime-HA001120886.aspx

    also: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb229700.aspx

    ...but that's for 2007...

    • Marked as answer by Bessie Zhao Monday, September 27, 2010 10:13 AM
    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 5:28 PM