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Using Runtime with Service Estimator


The Service Estimator software is an application which has been written using MS Access and requires Microsoft Access 2007 or greater installed on your computer. (Note: MS Access 2003 is no longer supported)

Microsoft Access is the premier database product on the market and is typically purchased as part of the  Microsoft Office Professional suite of products which include (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).

During the installation process Service Estimator will run a system check on your computer to determine whether or not MS Access is already installed, and if so, which version it is. If you DO NOT have Microsoft Access installed on your computer, Service Estimator will try to download and install the appropriate runtime version of Microsoft Access 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016 directly from our website. 

If for some reason Service Estimator does not install runtime on your computer, you can download and install a FREE version from one of the links below. But you must know which version of Office you are running before you download and install it; 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016. If you are using Office 2016 you MUST confirm whether you are running a 32-bit version or a 64-bit version and select the appropriate download below.

Note: DO NOT install runtime if you already have a full, active version of MS Access installed on your computer.


If Office 2007 use:

MS Access Runtime 2007


If Office 2010 use:

MS Access Runtime 2010


If Office 2013 use:

MS Access Runtime 2013


If Office 2016 (32-bit) use:

MS Access Runtime (32) 2016


If Office 2016 (64-bit) use:

MS Access Runtime (64) 2016


XP USERS: You must have Service Pack 3 installed on your computer. To find out if your XP computer has SP3 installed click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. The edition of Windows XP you're running is displayed under System near the top of the window. If you do not have Service Pack 3 installed, click here to find out how to upgrade to SP3.


What is Microsoft Access® Runtime?
Access Runtime is like a database viewer. It is similar to the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader will open a PDF, but it will not allow you to create a PDF. Similarly you can use the Access Runtime to “view” a database. You can use the Forms and Reports that have already been created. It will run existing queries, macros and VBA code. You can enter data, but you can’t get to design mode for any objects. To create an Access database and design objects you will need the full version of Access.

Access runtime version should only be installed on a machine that does not already have the full version of Access installed.

Access runtime is definitely NOT the same as the full version. It is a runtime engine so it does have some limitations. Access runtime doesn’t include all the built in features of Access’s UI available on the Ribbons or Menu. Some of the advanced features like Filter-by-Form, spell checker and Office Clipboard, etc. are not available. That is reasonable since you have not paid for them. Access runtime is great for databases where a developer has created the entire feature set they want the user to have. This is done without relying on the built in features available through the Access UI.

The way to view using runtime is that it is a FREE Lite version. It is a database viewer for people that do not need the full power of the retail version of Access. It's great for data entry users. If you need all of the advanced features in the  retail (paid) version, then it is probably best to purchase the full retail version.

You will not see the Access runtime on your Start Menu with the other Microsoft Office applications. Access runtime is not used in the same way you would use the full version of Access. Access runtime can only be used with existing databases.

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