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SSE Setup - Information for Access Developers

SSE Setup is an ideal installer to deploy Microsoft Access databases. It is one of the only installers that actually has had significant work done in it to make deploying Access databases a breeze.

SSE Setup's Access-specific benefits:

  • It reduces most of your Access-related deployment concerns to you choosing your minimum required version.
  • It automatically can download/install runtimes and auto chooses best runtime for user. This means your install will be less in filesize too.
  • It automatically detects Access and Office versions, INCLUDING differentiating between 2016/2019/2021, CTR and Store!
  • It automatically handles all trusted location stuff, eliminating most Access security warnings.
  • It automatically handles allowing you to install to Program Files (just like non-Access programs are) and installs there by default just fine.
  • It allows you to include both a 32-bit database and 64-bit database in the same install package and only install the one matching the user's Access install.
  • It offers a professional Internet updating solution to allow new versions of your software to be easily deployed to your clients.
  • It comes with a straightforward 10-step Start-To-Finish Access Deployment Guide on creating your Access install with SSE Setup, that even offers guidance on split databases and the like.
  • It gives you settings for a fully working install as soon as you start your project.
  • It allows you to create a fully done Access-deployment install in minutes.

Contrast that with most other installers out there. Most all installers (an exception is the no-longer-developed SageKey) do not have any notable Access-specific deployment stuff in them. While you can make some other installers do many of the above items, it requires you to create your own scripts to do so or try and cobble together scripts from others (which may or may not be accurate or cover all needed scenarios). Why spend such time and effort and try and reinvent the wheel when all that work has already been done for you in SSE Setup?

Want to see just how easy it is to create an Access database install using SSE Setup?

This 20-minute video will walk you through the basic process but be advised this video is currently a bit out-of-date - the latest info is available in the step-by-step Access deployment guide in the help file that comes with the latest SSE Setup version (this guide is what ALL users should follow to create an Access project - this video exists merely for demonstration purposes). In particular, as compared to this video, Access installs now automatically require 2013 or later by default instead of 2007 or later, and you can also now deploy both a 32-bit and 64-bit db in the same install package which this video does not showcase or discuss.

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