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Clean Windows 7 Install.

Start - Default Programs - File Associations available. Install Office 97 Access only.

Start - Default Programs - File Associations causes Windows Explorer to Crash.

Details show OLE32.DLL

Would love some help on this. Sounds like a similar problem detailed in Microsoft KB978591

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That's because it isn't fully compatible with Windows 7. I wouldn't expect it to be either since it's 14 years old :)

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I understand, but I only have one Access DB and can't justify a new version just for this. Since a similar problem was FIXED, I was hoping for the same here. – Bill Watt Oct 15 '10 at 1:21
    
Could you perhaps port it to OpenOffice? – RJFalconer Nov 30 '10 at 0:50

Check out this article:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itproappcompat/thread/4f729cea-aafb-4d4a-b863-705a13de486a

It offers some possible solutions...

Personally, I have installed Office 1997 applications on an external hard drive, and they will run on any computer that I plug into with no issues...for what it's worth...

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