isjam

It's truly unbelievable that there appears to be no solution to this issue. After searching countless hours and getting caught in endless iterations following MSDN links, I still have no answer to the question that really shouldn't be that difficult.

Microsoft advertises that the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions are part of Visual Studio 2005. I talked with a Microsoft representative who confirmed this before making the purchase of their product. I received the product and installed it, but there is nothing in the documentation that talks about the extensions.

I simply need to deploy an application developed using Microsoft Office Access 2003 to a computer that doesn't have Microsoft Office Access 2003 installed on it. Microsoft documentation states this is possible by including the Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions. If it's a component of Visual Studion 2005, where the heck is it !!!

I'm not the only developer facing this problem. I've found several related postings. Is there anyone that understands the problem that can give an intelligent answer

John




Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Cindy Meister

Hi John

Even though MS packaged the Access developer extensions with VSTO, it really has nothing to do with the VSTO technology, which is why you don't find any "intelligent" discussions in this forum. Have you tried asking in an ACCESS newsgroup I believe the Access specialists would have the best information.






Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

isjam

Thanks Cindy for your reply.

I will heed your suggestion and try posting this question in the Access newsgroup. However, I can't help but question the logic to package Access Developer Extensions with VSTO and NOT include any documentation within VSTO. My thought is that the Access newsgroup would probably suggest I post a question in the VSTO newsgroup since that is where Microsoft claims to have packaged the extensions.

One last item. In your reply you include in your statement that MS packaged Access developer extensions with VSTO. Are you making this statement from first hand knowledge or simply stating it because this is what MS claims in the VSTO product description

Again, Thanks.

John






Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Cindy Meister

Hi John

Well, I hope the Access group surprises you :-) Others have reported discussions there on the Developer Extensions, so the expertise has been there.

And yes, I know from firsthand knowledge that the VSTO package I have (MSDN subscription) also contains the Access Developer Extensions. Sometimes they're difficult to find in other packages, though. Someone said, once, he had to search the CD to find the folder and install from there. There have been discussions about this in various newsgroups. You might also try a Google Group search.






Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Binnit

Found this further on through the forum, can anyone tell me if this has been resolved should I return the goods and try to obytain a refund



Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Robert Green

The Access 2003 Developer Extensions are included in the Visual Studio Tools for Office retail product. In other words, the VSTO box. They do not ship in any of the Visual Studio boxes. The Access Developer Extensions are also available in MSDN Pro and above subscriptions.

The VSTO documentation contains no mention of the Dev Extensions because the VSTO team docs the VSTO product. The Access team docs the Access product.

The reason for the VSTO box was to continue the tradition of the Office Developer product, which combined in one box all the tools developers needed to build Office solutions. That is why the VSTO box includes VS Standard, VSTO, SQL Server Dev Edition, the Access Developer Extensions and the Access Runtime License. [Note: This is both firsthand knowledge and what Microsoft claims. I know this because I was the first VSTO Product Manager.]

This was a logical decision, and reasonable people can have reasonable disagreements with it. Smile Of course, I have yet to meet anyone who disagrees with the decision to include VSTO in VS Pro and above starting with VS Orcas.

The Access 2007 Developer Extensions are going to be available for free download on MSDN soon according to http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb229700.aspx.

Hope this clears everything up.

Robert





Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Binnit

Robert

Sorry but I'm still not clear about this, we have just purchased "VS 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System" from Amazon, the sales literature both on Amazon and the box claim that this box includes "MS Access 2003 Developer Extensions and run time license" for use providing a full version of Office 2003 Pro is installed (which we have).

So, why is it that I am unable to find these "extensions" or the Access 2003 "package wizard" to use or any Help surrounding this

Our main purpose for puchasing this was to package & deploy Access 2003 db's to users without a full Access capability.

Should we have bought something else





Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Binnit

Problem solved... rather emabarrasingly I had not installed the Access 2003 Developers Extensions CD......

Not been having a great day, and my apologies for being a complete numpty!

Eating humble pie for being impatient and not thinking straight. (must be the age)





Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

hharding

So were the Tools available on the VS 2005 for converting MS Access apps to the 2003 runtime
Did you download it from MSDN or buy the CD We're trying to download it from MSDN and
was looking for the correct image to download.

Thanks





Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

isjam

Bought the CD. Still haven't been able to produce the runtime.




Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

isjam

Doesn't help much with Access 2003...




Re: Visual Studio Tools for Office Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and Visual Studio 2005

Bryan Ruggeri

isjam, I agree with you completely. I have been working on this very same issue all day long. It is unbelievable that it takes such effort just to deploy an Access application.

I would like to share the solution that I came up with. Hopefully it will work for you and others.

First, I saved my Access application in Access 2000 format.

Second, I downloaded the Access Runtime 2000 minimum engine from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/243957

Third, I installed the runtime engine on my userĄ¯s computers that did not have Access installed.

Forth, I copied my application to the userĄ¯s desktop.

I have tested the application and for now everything seems to be working correctly. I hope this helps you and others. I've lost of day of development, but it solved my problem.

Bryan Ruggeri

Application Developer