MS Access 2016 - Error Message on Opening "Can't Find the database you specified,.."

When I open up Access 2016, I get a dialog box saying "Can't Find the database you specified, or you did not specify a database at all. Specify a valid database name in the command line, and include a path if necessary"  When I click OK, it shuts it down. I am just opening Access to use it for the first time. I have also just reinstalled all of Office and it still gives me the error message. 

Please let me know if there are any fixes.

Thanks,

Chris

Find msaccess.exe in c:\program files (x86)\microsoft office\... and run it from there. Same problem?
-Tom.
Microsoft Access MVP
Phoenix, AZ

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Yes, I get the same error.

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When I open up Access 2016, I get a dialog box saying "Can't Find the database you specified, or you did not specify a database at all. Specify a valid database name in the command line, and include a path if necessary"  When I click OK, it shuts it down. I am just opening Access to use it for the first time. I have also just reinstalled all of Office and it still gives me the error message. 

Please let me know if there are any fixes.

Thanks,

Chris

I have the same error;

Any help?

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Maybe this is a case of running the Runtime version of Access. If so, create a shortcut like this:

<path_to>msaccess.exe <path_to>your.accde

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I have Runtime version. Create shortcut <path_to>msaccess.exe <path_to>your.accde where?

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You say you're opening Access for the first time: are you intending to use it to create a new database? If so, be aware that the Runtime version of Access only lets you use existing databases, and has no design tools; so you cannot create a new database nor change the design of an existing one. To do so you need the full retail version of the program.
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