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The Access Runtime

The royalty-free runtime license provided with MOD enables your users to take advantage of your application and all that it provides without owning their own copy of Access. When running your application with the Access runtime version, your users cannot directly create new database objects. Furthermore, they do not have access to the Database window, built-in toolbars, numerous menu items, and several other features that are part of the full Access product. In many situations, you don't want the user to have access to all these features. Instead, you want to provide your users with a very complete, fully integrated application that only you will be responsible for modifying. Furthermore, you want to provide all this to your users without requiring them to purchase Access for every computer running your application. The MOD, with its royalty-free runtime license, enables you to do exactly that.

Using Full Versions Versus Runtime Versions of Access

Many people have the misconception that using the Packaging Wizard and distributing your application using the Access runtime version somehow means that the application is compiled. This is not the case at all! In fact, if you do not properly secure the database, anyone can install his own copy of Access and modify the application's data and other objects, just as you can. Using the Packaging Wizard and distributing your application with the Access runtime version does not modify the database in any way. It simply gives you the license to freely distribute the engine required to run your application.


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