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#1: Problem installing Access 97 with Windows XP - "error occurred changing the workgroup database&

Posted on 2005-04-13 15:50:31 by Richard

I have a licensed MS Office 97 package which I have moved from PC to PC
over the years and I have just bought a new machine with XP Pro on it,
the latest release. When I install Office, I get the error "an error
occurred at changing the workgroup database" and "setup couldn't create a
system.mdw file....run the workgroup administrator before you run this
appliaction (-1011). When I run the workgroup administrator (something I
have never had to do before) it simply tries to remake this file and the
first error appears again.

The rest of Office installs fine. When I try to launch Access, I get the
message "microsoft access couldn't find the file .../system.mdw. This
file is required for startup" (path removed for brevity).

It worked fine on my last machine, which ran XP Pro Service Pack 2
(2002). And when I look for a file system.mdw on that machine, there is
none there.

Can anyone help me with this?

TIA.

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#2: Re: Problem installing Access 97 with Windows XP - "error occurredchanging the workgroup databa

Posted on 2005-04-13 16:17:38 by Tim Marshall

richard wrote:

> It worked fine on my last machine, which ran XP Pro Service Pack 2
> (2002). And when I look for a file system.mdw on that machine, there is
> none there.

I had this vexing problem last Fall. From what I can gather on posts
vaguely related to this issue since my porblem, is there is a problem
when you've got more than 512 megs of RAM on the machine that causes this.

Quite simply, if you're getting this error, XP is not allowing Access to
create a system.mdw in the windows/system32. What I did was turn off
the read only property for this directory and then select everything
inside the directory and do the same. I believe I was then able to
create a system.mdw file in there using the workgroup administrator.

If that doesn't work, you can do what I did for a while, which was to
use the workgroup administrator to create a system.mdw somewhere lee
besides windows/system32. I plopped it right into my main directory
where I kept my A97 apps.

BTW, I did not have this problem on my XP machine until after I
installed Access 2003.

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#3: Re: Problem installing Access 97 with Windows XP - "error occurredchanging the workgroup databa

Posted on 2005-04-16 05:56:55 by Richard

In article <d3j9m3$v15$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca>,
TIMMY!@PurplePandaChasers.Moertherium opined thusly:
>
>
>richard wrote:
>
>> It worked fine on my last machine, which ran XP Pro Service Pack 2
>> (2002). And when I look for a file system.mdw on that machine, there is
>> none there.
>
>I had this vexing problem last Fall. From what I can gather on posts
>vaguely related to this issue since my porblem, is there is a problem
>when you've got more than 512 megs of RAM on the machine that causes this.
>
>Quite simply, if you're getting this error, XP is not allowing Access to
>create a system.mdw in the windows/system32. What I did was turn off
>the read only property for this directory and then select everything
>inside the directory and do the same.
Thanks for this tip - but I find that XP automaticallt sets all folders back
to read-only. However I can make folders and files OK so I made a dummy
system.mdw file in a directory c:\temp and attempted to have the workgroup
manager overwrite it with the correct file, but the same error message just
keeps showing up. Any more help would be greatly appreciated.

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#4: Re: Problem installing Access 97 with Windows XP - "error occurred changing the workgroup data

Posted on 2005-04-16 09:44:23 by Tim Marshall

richard wrote:

> Thanks for this tip - but I find that XP automaticallt sets all folders back
> to read-only. However I can make folders and files OK so I made a dummy
> system.mdw file in a directory c:\temp and attempted to have the workgroup
> manager overwrite it with the correct file, but the same error message just
> keeps showing up. Any more help would be greatly appreciated.

What I did was similar, except after turing read only off of everything
INSIDE system32 I just dragged the system.mdw to system32.

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#5: Re: Problem installing Access 97 with Windows XP - "error occurred changing the workgroup data

Posted on 2005-04-17 08:30:27 by Richard

In article <d3qfov$inc$1@coranto.ucs.mun.ca>,
TIMMY!@PurplePandaChasers.Moertherium says...
>
>
>richard wrote:
>
>> Thanks for this tip - but I find that XP automaticallt sets all folders back
>> to read-only. However I can make folders and files OK so I made a dummy
>> system.mdw file in a directory c:\temp and attempted to have the workgroup
>> manager overwrite it with the correct file, but the same error message just
>> keeps showing up. Any more help would be greatly appreciated.
>
>What I did was similar, except after turing read only off of everything
>INSIDE system32 I just dragged the system.mdw to system32.
>

OK thanks, I copied my system.mdw from another machine, and now I'm free of
this error, but I'm getting an "out of memory" error when I launch Access. I
have 2GB and nothing running! Aby ideas on that?

thanks.

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#6: Re: Problem installing Access 97 with Windows XP - "error occurred changing the workgroup da

Posted on 2005-04-19 13:22:07 by Tim Marshall

richard wrote:

> OK thanks, I copied my system.mdw from another machine, and now I'm free of
> this error, but I'm getting an "out of memory" error when I launch Access. I
> have 2GB and nothing running! Aby ideas on that?

Unfortunately not, I haven't come across this error myself. However, it
does sound familiar - I'd google this group and/or look through the
knowledgebase articles at MS.

Cop out answer, sorry. 8(

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