Access 2007 alongside Office 2003?



Can I install Access 2007 alongside an Office 2003 installation without
upgrading the rest of Office to 2007?

Background - I am helping a small non-profit which has Office 2003 installed
on their desktop. They are reluctant to do the full upgrade but since they
don't have Access 2003, I'd like to get them Access 2007 rather than Access
2003 if they are compatable.


Thanks for your quick response.

By run-time solution, do you mean create an .mde (2003) or .accde (2007)
database? I thought they still need to buy Access to use a protected
database in order to have the access-runtimes needs to use the .mde or .accde

Tom Wickerath

Hi Sil,

Your customer (client) does not need to purchase anything (as long as they
are running a current version of Windows). In the past, Access developers had
to purchase additional software in order to have the right to distribute the
runtime. However, Access 2007 is the first version where the Developer
Extensions (or whatever the Marketing folks choose as the name of the month)
is available to you to download and install for free. The required software
has had different, and quite confusing, names over the years. Access MVP Tony
Toews maintains a web page that provides more information:

Microsoft Access (Office) Developer Edition Versions

That said, now would also be a good time to start looking into the free Inno
Installer software that can be used to create an installation package. The
P&D (Package & Deployment) wizard built into the Developer Edition has never
been known for stellar functionality.

Tom Wickerath
Microsoft Access MVP

Jerry Whittle

I have the entire Office Professional 2007, 2003, and 97 suites installed on
my home computer. There shouldn't be a problem as long as you remember to
install Access 2007 in a different folder than the rest of the Office 2003

I have another thought for you. If you plan on doing all the programming for
them, you could download the Access 2007 runtime which is free. Then they
wouldn't have to buy Access.

Paul Shapiro

If the client is a US company with 501 (c) 3 certification from the IRS, you
can buy VERY inexpensive Open Charity licenses. I think the volume license
for Office 2007 Professional Plus is about $100, with another $20 if you
wanted Software Assurance with it. A charity I work with has been using
antique software because they didn't think they qualified for the MS
charitable licensing. It's worth checking if you would rather have them on
Office 2007.

Paul Shapiro

You can try, but I'm not sure where to find
clear details. I eventually called a reseller to ask if one of my clients
would qualify. They seemed to know the details, and the easiest answer was
that if the organization is IRS-certified as a 501 (c) 3 then they
definitely qualify. That includes most religious institutions. My client had
the certification, which is just a letter from the IRS, so I didn't have to
go any further. Without that certification I was told they would need to
submit more information (exactly what was not specified) and the reseller
would send it on to MS Licensing if the answer wasn't clear.

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