Package Solution Wizard Overview

The Package Solution Wizard provides a simple way to bundle and deploy Microsoft Access database applications. The wizard guides you through the steps necessary to bundle stand-alone Access applications into Setup packages. You can use the Package Solution Wizard to include the Access 2007 Runtime or the Access 2010 Runtime in your packages and to create shortcuts that invoke the appropriate Access file.

Overview

The output of the Package Solution Wizard is a Microsoft Windows Installer (.msi) Setup file that guides users through the installation of your Access application.

Any additional options and files specified in the wizard are then programmatically written into the .msi file, such as bitmap files, version data, information for the Programs and features item in Control Panel, Windows Explorer properties information, and End User License Agreement (EULA) information.

You can include the Access Runtime in the installation packages of Access applications so that these applications can be deployed and used on computers where Access is not installed. The license to distribute the Access Runtime is included with your download of the Access Runtime.

See Microsoft Access 2007 Runtime for more information about how to download the Access 2007 Runtime.

See Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime for more information about how to download the Access 2010 Runtime.

Note: The system requirements for using the Package Solution Wizard are the same as those for Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010 respectively. The Package Solution Wizard requires Microsoft Windows Installer 3.0.

Install the Package Solution Wizard for Access 2007

The wizard is an Access database add-in that is available as part of the Microsoft Office Access 2007 Developer Extensions (ADE). See Introduction to the Access 2007 Developer Extensions and Runtime for more information about how to download the Microsoft Office Access 2007 Developer Extensions.

  1. When you install the Access 2007 Developer Extensions on your computer, a new section, called Developer, is added to the menu that appears when you click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image in Access 2007.

  2. After you install the Access 2007 Developer Extensions on your computer, you can start the Package Solution Wizard by clicking the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , point to Developer, and then click Package Solution.

  3. See the links at the bottom of this article for information on the wizard dialog pages.

Install the Package Solution Wizard for Access 2010

The Package Solution Wizard is not installed by default when you install Access 2010. To install the Package Solution Wizard, do the following:

  1. Exit Microsoft Access.

  2. Click Start, then click Control Panel.

  3. Click Programs and Features.

  4. Right-click the Microsoft Office 2010 entry, and then click Change.

  5. In the Microsoft Office 2010 Setup dialog box, click Add or Remove Features, and then Continue.

  6. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Microsoft Access folder.

  7. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Add-ins folder.

  8. Click Not Available Not Available next to Package Wizard, and then click Run From My Computer Run from my computer . Click Continue to install Package Solution Wizard.

  9. After you install the Package Solution Wizard on your computer, you can start the Package Solution Wizard by clicking File > Save & Publish and then click Package Solution. You won't see the Package Solution button on the Save & Publish page unless you installed the wizard.

  10. See the links at the bottom of this article for information on the wizard dialog pages.

See Also

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