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Installing Access 97 Runtime


  1. Download the Access 97 Runtime by clicking the following link and choosing Open or Run when prompted.


    (MD5 hash: bbcef5520a41753cfe0691687dade61d)

  2. Depending on your operating system/browser version, after the file is downloaded, it may prompt:

    The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?

    Choose Run.

    In Windows Vista and above you may be prompted:

    Choose Allow.

  3. You will be prompted:

    This package installs the Microsoft Access 97 Runtime. Continue?

    Choose Yes.

  4. In Windows 8 and above you may be prompted:

    This occurs because the Setup program has a small stub of 16-bit code. The remainder of the setup and Access 97 itself is 32-bit. Choose Enable to allow this to run.

  5. Follow the Setup Wizard. When prompted, choose a Typical installation.

  6. Let the setup finish and click OK at the conclusion.

Post-installation, on Windows Vista and above, you may need to set some registry permissions if you need to use additional versions of Microsoft Access.


  • On 64-bit Windows, you may receive the following error message: “This application uses CTL3D32.DLL, which has not been correctly installed. CTL3D32.DLL must be installed in the Windows system directory”. This message may be ignored.

Windows NT 4 Security Patches

If using Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Server or Terminal Services, install the following security update:

If using Windows 2000/XP/2003 or later, oleaut32.dll is updated via the usual Windows Update/Automatic Updates process.

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