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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: Masking an Mde or MDB as an exe

    I have been given a strange task and must admit it is quite challenging. My company wants to launch an mde via an exe file (no problem) but they want the app to not show any signs of an access kernel load (no splash screen, little icon in the corner before displaying app icon, no indication of the mde , mdb file in the explorer window. Meaning a totally silent and seamless startup and display to the first form. I have witnessed an example of this but not been shown how it is done and am being challenged as to how it is perfected. Any ideas?
    Dale Houston, TX

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    Hi Dale,

    If it's not in 2007, you can utilize the examples in this:
    http://www.dbforums.com/6301669-post51.html

    #1. I usually use a vbs script to launch all my mde's which is found here:
    http://www.dbforums.com/6274786-post19.html
    since this ideally does LOTS of things such as preventing the infamous 'locked by another user error' (along with many other benefits). You can then make an exe file out of the vbs script using this utility which works very well: ExeScript - Compile VBS to EXE Converter BAT to EXE Compiler

    This works very well for creating exe files from a vbs or txt file (making it 'seem' like you're opening an exe file).

    To see an active example without the MSAccess gui (doesn't work with 2007 though), see here:
    http://www.dbforums.com/6291638-post40.html

    But there is no way to make an exe file out of an MSAccess file. The best you can do is create an mde (compiled mdb) and use a script such as demonstrated above (#1) and make an exe from the vbs script file to open the mde.
    Last edited by pkstormy; 04-26-10 at 18:43.
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    Incredible PK

    That is really nice form manipulation - one can make an access app look like a born and bred VB or windows based application with little effort - thank you so much

    By using some of these examples and associating my mde as a say VU7 app but launching it wigh access and a command line option for no MS visuals - I can make the app look like it is its own off the shelf vb windows app. brilliant
    Dale Houston, TX

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