Problem with locations in Windows Explorer


L

LAS

I'm trying to modify a shortcut I have in WindowsXP for use in Windows 7.
It doesn't like the "start in" location. It's set up to run msaccess.exe.
I finally figured out how to find msaccess.exe with the search field in the
top right corner of windows explorer. It said it was in c:\Program Files
(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12. When I modify my link by adding the (x86)
to the "Start in" location and try to save the shortcut, I get the message
that "The name 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\MSACCESS.EXE
specified in the Target box is not valid...". Note that the (x86) is not in
the message. Interestingly, if I remove the space between Files and (x86),
the message does include the (x86). But I still get the message.



I'm sure that msaccess.exe is somewhere, because if I double click on a
*.mdb file, it runs AND if I search for it in the START menu, it opens up
instead of giving me the location. (Is that expected behavior???).



Arggh!!! WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US????



Can anyone tell me how to find msaccess.exe so that I can make my shortcut
work?????



tia

las
 
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Dave-UK

LAS said:
I'm trying to modify a shortcut I have in WindowsXP for use in Windows 7.
It doesn't like the "start in" location. It's set up to run msaccess.exe.
I finally figured out how to find msaccess.exe with the search field in the
top right corner of windows explorer. It said it was in c:\Program Files
(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12. When I modify my link by adding the (x86)
to the "Start in" location and try to save the shortcut, I get the message
that "The name 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\MSACCESS.EXE
specified in the Target box is not valid...". Note that the (x86) is not in
the message. Interestingly, if I remove the space between Files and (x86),
the message does include the (x86). But I still get the message.

I'm sure that msaccess.exe is somewhere, because if I double click on a
*.mdb file, it runs AND if I search for it in the START menu, it opens up
instead of giving me the location. (Is that expected behavior???).
Arggh!!! WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US????
Can anyone tell me how to find msaccess.exe so that I can make my shortcut
work?????
Open Explorer and navigate to :
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12
In the Office12 folder right-click on MSACCESS.EXE and
select 'Send to' > Desktop (create shortcut).
 
R

R. C. White

Hi, LAS.

Are you running a 64-bit edition of Win7?

Looks like your problem is not with the difference between WinXP and Win7,
but between a 32-bit Windows and a 64-bit Windows.

The "Program Files (x86)" folder does not exist in 32-bit Windows. But
64-bit Windows installs 64-bit applications into "Program Files". So, to
make sure that a 32-bit app does not try to use 64-bit drivers, DLLs, etc.,
64-bit Windows installs 32-bit apps into a new folder with "(x86)" added to
its name. (The "x86" refers to the x86 series of 32-bit processor chips -
such as 8086, 80286, 80486) - from Intel.) This new folder first appeared
in WinXP x64 in about 2005 and is also in Windows Vista x64.

The new Office 2010 (Office 14) is available in both 64-bit and 32-bit
editions, but all previous Office versions were 32-bit only. So any prior
version of Office (and 32-bit Office 2010) on a 64-bit Windows should be
installed into Program Files (x86), not into Program Files (with no suffix).
(ALL 32-bit apps, not just Office and its components, should install into
Program Files (x86) in a 64-bit Windows system.)
Arggh!!! WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US????
My question is, Why didn't Microsoft do a better job of informing and
explaining Program Files (x86) to users migrating to 64-bit Windows?

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64


"LAS" wrote in message
I'm trying to modify a shortcut I have in WindowsXP for use in Windows 7.
It doesn't like the "start in" location. It's set up to run msaccess.exe.
I finally figured out how to find msaccess.exe with the search field in the
top right corner of windows explorer. It said it was in c:\Program Files
(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12. When I modify my link by adding the (x86)
to the "Start in" location and try to save the shortcut, I get the message
that "The name 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\MSACCESS.EXE
specified in the Target box is not valid...". Note that the (x86) is not in
the message. Interestingly, if I remove the space between Files and (x86),
the message does include the (x86). But I still get the message.

I'm sure that msaccess.exe is somewhere, because if I double click on a
*.mdb file, it runs AND if I search for it in the START menu, it opens up
instead of giving me the location. (Is that expected behavior???).

Arggh!!! WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US????

Can anyone tell me how to find msaccess.exe so that I can make my shortcut
work?????

tia

las
 
Z

Zaidy036

I'm trying to modify a shortcut I have in WindowsXP for use in Windows 7.
It doesn't like the "start in" location. It's set up to run msaccess.exe.
I finally figured out how to find msaccess.exe with the search field in the
top right corner of windows explorer. It said it was in c:\Program Files
(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12. When I modify my link by adding the (x86)
to the "Start in" location and try to save the shortcut, I get the message
that "The name 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\MSACCESS.EXE
specified in the Target box is not valid...". Note that the (x86) is not in
the message. Interestingly, if I remove the space between Files and (x86),
the message does include the (x86). But I still get the message.



I'm sure that msaccess.exe is somewhere, because if I double click on a
*.mdb file, it runs AND if I search for it in the START menu, it opens up
instead of giving me the location. (Is that expected behavior???).



Arggh!!! WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO US????



Can anyone tell me how to find msaccess.exe so that I can make my shortcut
work?????



tia

las
The best AND free file search engine is "Everything" from
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R

R. C. White

Hi, LAS.

You're welcome. I hope that means SUCCESS. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64

"LAS" wrote in message
THANKS TO ALL!!
 
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LAS

Yup, success.

R. C. White said:
Hi, LAS.

You're welcome. I hope that means SUCCESS. ;<)

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64

"LAS" wrote in message
THANKS TO ALL!!
 

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