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Runtime Installation Tester

EXE program fileThis is a simple Access program that uses a standard install procedure to ensure that all the usual Miami components are installed and working, before installing or testing an actual Miami application. It is also helpful if you want to install the Access 97 Runtime on Windows Vista, or Windows 7, since the old Access 97 runtime installer doesn't work correctly on these newer systems.

Main diagnostics screen
Download the EXE program filefull install program (24749kb).

The idea is that you install the Runtime module and test it with this test program. Successful installation means that:

Using this standard installation means that you can install and test your own application without having to create a specific install program for each Miami app. Just use the standard one and then copy your application files into a suitable directory. By doing the tests using the standard test application you can be sure that the basics are in place before trying to debug anything specific to your particular application.

User Logon Screen The user logon screen has an additional purpose: in the case of WindowsXP machines where there is no domain controller, you can specify all the user names and passwords that should be allowed. These are stored in an encrypted format in the registry, allowing the users to log in if they provide the correct information.

This program has been updated to use the fantastic Inno Setup install program, so that a single install file does everything required. See my blog entry for more information on where to get the various components. The complete ZIP format compressed fileISS script can be downloaded and modified as required, and/or you can download the EXE program filefull install program (24749kb).

Note: To run your own program.mde file, do the following after installing the Runtime tester and rebooting:

You may need to run the installation tester "As Administrator" the first time you use it, to allow Access to make changes to the registry. If your application uses "SendKeys" then read this blog post.

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This program is part of the Miami distribution CD, which uses the AutoRun.exe program provided by Tarma Software Research Pty Ltd, and includes the autorun.exe program, readme and usage instructions as a PDF file, as well as a suitable icon for the CD.

FMS Reference Tester
Also, many thanks to FMS Inc for granting permission to use its really useful reference testing page. This is from the FMS Power Pack 8.0 for Access97. If you haven't got it already, download it now. FMS is one of the leading Access development companies, and their products are world class. Their web site also has useful resources, links, and utilities.

On a separate note, if you are battling to get the Access97 SR2 service pack to install on Windows Vista or Windows 7, try this version: EXE program fileSR2 Setup program (25646kb). It's the update only, so you need to install Access97 first.

Please note: This program is not to be sold, and will remain freeware in the future. You can't make it available for download anywhere else either. All downloads should be made from this page only. You may not list this software elsewhere without written permission. All links should point to this page, not directly to the download file.



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