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Problem with locations in Windows Explorer

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by LAS, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. LAS

    LAS Flightless Bird

    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
     
  2. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "LAS" <FakeMail@Hotmail.com> wrote in message news:i3gv21$dpv$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > 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).
     
  3. R. C. White

    R. C. White Flightless Bird

    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
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64


    "LAS" wrote in message news:i3gv21$dpv$1@news.eternal-september.org...

    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
     
  4. Zaidy036

    Zaidy036 Flightless Bird

    In article <i3gv21$dpv$1@news.eternal-september.org>, FakeMail@Hotmail.com
    says...
    >
    > 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
    http://www.voidtools.com/
     
  5. LAS

    LAS Flightless Bird

    THANKS TO ALL!!

    "LAS" <FakeMail@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:i3gv21$dpv$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > 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
    >
    >
     
  6. R. C. White

    R. C. White Flightless Bird

    Hi, LAS.

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

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64

    "LAS" wrote in message news:i3hil4$u4n$1@news.eternal-september.org...

    THANKS TO ALL!!

    "LAS" <FakeMail@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:i3gv21$dpv$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > 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
     
  7. LAS

    LAS Flightless Bird

    Yup, success.

    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:4vednbKgc9Sm98HRnZ2dnUVZ_q6dnZ2d@posted.grandecom...
    > Hi, LAS.
    >
    > You're welcome. I hope that means SUCCESS. ;<)
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@grandecom.net
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > Windows Live Mail 2010 (15.3.2804.0607) in Win7 Ultimate x64
    >
    > "LAS" wrote in message news:i3hil4$u4n$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > THANKS TO ALL!!
    >
    > "LAS" <FakeMail@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:i3gv21$dpv$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> 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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