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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Exclamation Unanswered: Please Help!!! Workgroup Security Problem


    I was trying to secure my data base and i clicked the workgroup security. I clicked workgroup administrator and made a new workgroup file.

    Well when i start up my access databse it says i do not have permissions to do anything.

    Can I just remove this and access my database without any security? I dont want to lose my info.

    How do I remove the workgroup security?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Madison, WI
    You need to create a shortcut to your mdb which utilizes the mdw file (most likely the mdw is called System.mdw and can usually be found in a folder.) example of a shortcut file: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\MSACCESS.EXE" "C:\Databases\MyMDBFileName.mdb" /wrkgrp "C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Access\System.MDW"

    Here's some more info which may be helpful regarding mdw and security: and

    Once you open the mdb via the shortcut, you'll get a prompt for the user name and password. Then remove the security of the mdw. You may want to make a backup of the mdw file (don't just delete it.) If the username and password you enter still do not give you permissions, I've attached a utility which lets you browse for the mdw file and see the usernames and passwords in it. Unzip the attachment and open the UPVMSA2K.MDA file to use it.
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    Last edited by pkstormy; 12-15-07 at 02:24.
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