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Chapter 32. Distributing Your Applicatio... > Using Full Versions Versus Runtime V...

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.

Actually, the engine is not even a modified version of the Access executable! The MSACCESS.EXE file that you distribute is the same as the MSACCESS.EXE that you use to build your application. When you create installation disks for your users with the Packaging Wizard, the installation process copies the same MSACCESS.EXE file to the installation disks. So, how can there be any difference between the retail and runtime versions of Access?


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