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Total Access Startup


Total Access Startup, by FMS Inc., guarantees your users always run the right version of Access and your database.

To deploy your Access application, simply send an email pointing to the shortcut that Total Access Startup generates, and youíre done! Your users only need the right version of Access installed. (click image to enlarge)


Upgrading Office but still need to run legacy Access applications? Total Access Startup guarantees that your users always launch the right version of Access with the right version of your Access database. Easily manage Access and your databases to ensure that users:

  • Start the Access version you specify
    For example, your users will always run Access 97 with your Access 97 databases, regardless of the Access versions installed on their machine or what Windows considers the default for MDB files. Eliminate the need to convert your existing Access applications to later versions, while safely migrating to the newest version of Office.

  • Detect and run the latest version of your Access database
    If desired, Total Access Startup automatically installs and updates your userís local copy when you release a new version.

Cost Effective, Powerful Solution
One copy of Total Access Startup supports an unlimited number of databases and users across your entire network. Simply create a separate INI file for each database you deploy. Easily support local copies on each user's machine for optimal performance, and manage it centrally.
Non-Network Use of Total Access Startup
Total Access Startup is also useful if you are not on a network and want to ensure your user always runs the correct version of Access with your database even if they install new versions of Access in the future. This is ideal for laptop computer users and distributed applications. Volume pricing options available.


See how Total Access Startup can simplify Access:

  • Total Access Startup always launches the correct version of Access with your database regardless of how many versions of Access are installed or what Windows considers the default for MDB files. Many environments require multiple versions of Access because the cost of converting old Access databases to the latest version of Access is unnecessary. With Total Access Startup, you can maintain your investment while easily supporting new Access versions. It knows how to find the correct version of Access even if itís installed in a different directory on every machine.

  • If the user doesnít have the right version of Access installed on their machine, Total Access Startup displays a customized message showing the error along with your contact information. This gracefully handles the problem and prevents the user from inadvertently converting the database because the wrong version of Access is started.

  • If your users are running your application for the first time, Total Access Startup installs the database for them. If there are other files required, you can also launch a batch file or setup program.

  • When you update your database, your userís local copy is automatically updated the next time they launch it. You can also launch a batch file or setup program if additional files need to be installed (different from what you run for the initial installation).

  • Everything is centrally stored so you can deploy your database consistently across all your users and easily manage it over time.

How it Works

Total Access Startup has two parts, Administrator and Startup.

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Administrator Program - lets you specify the Access version and database you want your users to use.

A Wizard lets you specify how your Access database is started and managed. You can specify:

  • The Access version to run (e.g. Access 95, 97, 2000, 2002/XP, or 2003) including runtime versions.

  • The database to run and the startup macro (if any).

  • The location of the ďmasterĒ database on the network.

  • The location of the ďlocalĒ database installed on the userís machine (if desired).

  • The name of the field in the database that identifies its version (ensures that the local database is always in sync with the master).

  • The setup program or batch file to run when the database is created on the local machine (useful the first time the launches the application).

  • The program or batch file to run when the local copy is updated (in case you need to install other files, such as ActiveX controls).

  • Your contact information if your user canít start the program.

When you complete the Wizard, Total Access Startup creates a small INI file and shortcut link in the network location you specify. The INI file includes your specifications, and the shortcut launches your database using these specifications.

Startup Program -  A small executable (TAStart.exe) that that launches your database with the specifications selected in the Administrative program.

The shortcut, INI file, and Launcher reside on your network for your users to use. This Startup program has no dependencies and does not require your users to have anything installed on their machine other than a copy of Access.

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Important Trial Information:

  • This trial version will expire 30 days after the first time you run the program. After the expiration date, you will need to obtain the released version of the software.

  • A serial number is not required for the setup of this program. The release version requires a serial number.

  • The printed User's Guide is not included with the trial version. The release version includes a printed User's Guide.

Installing the Trial Software

To install the Trial version of Total Access Startup, follow these steps.

  1. Click the link below to download the demo setup file.
  2. Run the setup program from your local computer
  3. Be sure to read the contents of the README.TXT file installed by the above setup program. It contains important trial related information.

Total Access Startup


Total Access Startup for Access 2003/2002/2000/97 - Single License



Total Access Startup for Access 2003/2002/2000/97 - 5 User License   $1495



Total Access Startup:

  • Works Access 2003, 2002, 2000, or 97

  • Start the right version of Access every time!


System Requirements:

  • Pentium processor or better

  • Windows 98, 2000, ME, or NT 4.0

  • Access 2002, 2000, or 97

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