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Bugs: Cannot Start Data Access Object error message

Author(s)
Dev Ashish

(Q) Whenever I try to start Access 95, I keep getting the error message

        " Microsoft Access can't start the data access object (DAO) and so it can't continue."

I've tried uninstalling, reinstalling Access/Office but still it doesn't go away. How can I fix this?

(A) This problem usually comes up if you've installed Office 97 without uninstalling Access 95. While Access 95 and Access 97 can co-exist on the same pc, sometimes the Access dlls get mismatched to the wrong Office version.

To fix this error, follow these steps:

  Download RegSvr32.Exe.    (Ignore this step if you already have the file.)

Copy/Expand the file to your Windows\System directory.

From Start Menu and run, type the following command

    Regsvr32 c:\progra~1\common~1\micros~1\dao\dao3032.dll

Usually, this fixes the problem. However if the error message doesn't go away, then follow the steps as they're described at the following URL for uninstalling and reinstalling Access 7.0 again.

  ACC95: Microsoft Access Can't Start the Data Access Object

  


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