Access 2000 database in Windows 7

I just upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 Pro.  I use an 2000 Access Database which works excellent in Windows XP.  After I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro and tried to access the database I started getting this error
"your database or project contains a missing or broken reference to the file "comctl32.ocx" version1.3".
I can still use this database in XP, what do i need to do for this database to work correctly in Windows 7 Pro.

Hello Linn County,

Access 2000 is not compatible with Windows 7. Since you have Windows 7 Professional you can take advantage of using Windows XP mode.

Running Windows XP Mode requires:
1. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.
2. A computer capable of hardware virtualization. This means your computer has a central processing unit (CPU) with either Intel-VT or AMD-V virtualization features.
3. Virtualization features turned on in your computer’s basic input/output system (BIOS).

Please look at the following website for information:
To determine whether your computer’s CPU is capable of hardware virtualization, go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC support website and download a utility that can check whether your Intel or AMD CPU is compatible.
To find your brand of processor so you can download the appropriate utility, click the Start button , right-click Computer, and then click Properties. Under System, next to Processor, you can see what type of CPU you have.
Even if your CPU can run Windows XP Mode, you might also need to turn on virtualization settings in your computer’s BIOS. Procedures vary depending on the BIOS manufacturer. For more information, see BIOS: frequently asked questions.

This should help you to get it working within Windows 7.


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