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Question: Will VMS work with MS Access 2010? (Added February 25, 2011)
Question: Will VMS work with MS Access 2007? (Added August 1, 2008)
Question: I recently purchased a new computer with Windows VISTA. Can I copy my files and my VMS program from my old computer and put it on the new one? Can you tell me how to do this? (Added July 1, 2008)
Question:When I try to email (with or without attachment, i.e., a report) I get an error message?(Added May 1, 2008)

Question:
Will VMS work with MS Access 2010? (Added February 25, 2011)
Answer: Yes, however, the calendar control popup date picker will not work. There is currently no workaround for this which may mean removing all references to this control and forcing users to manually insert dates into date fields; we'll keep you posted! May 25, 2011 - We will be implementing a new calendar control for VMS; the new version will be available October 2014.

Question: Will VMS work with MS Access 2007? (Added August 1, 2008)
Answer: Yes, however, the download does not include a shortcut for MS Access 2007 so you will need to modify the one for MS Access 2003, here's how:
Right click on the VMS2003 shortcut (after you drag it to your desktop) and select Properties. Just change the "11" in the Target text box to "12" (without quotes) and it should work.

The Target text box value for VMS2003 is:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\MSACCESS.EXE" C:\VMS\vms.mdb /wrkgrp C:\VMS\vms.mdw /user Cedrick /Pwd /excl
Change above to:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\MSACCESS.EXE" C:\VMS\vms.mdb /wrkgrp C:\VMS\vms.mdw /user Cedrick /Pwd /excl

You must also enable Macros and add VMS to trusted zone:
clicking here will take you to my VMS blog and show you how.


If it doesn't work view the movie Trouble Shoot VMS Install for a comprehensive overview of how to edit the VMS shortcut.

Question: I recently purchased a new computer with Windows VISTA.  Can I copy my files and my VMS program from my old computer and put it on the new one?  Can you tell me how to do this? (Added July 1, 2008)
Answer: Yes, I have installed on Vista ok and Windows 7. If your version of MS Access is the same, i.e., you were using MS-Access 2003 on your old computer; then you should be able to copy the entire contents of the C:\VMS folder to your new computer and use the same VMS shortcut to start.

There is one problem with Vista and Windows 7. You must download and install the Windows Help Program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows Vista - click here to download

There is another problem. The first time you press F1 after each time you open VMS you will need to browse to C:\VMS\VMS.hlp file before it will open. At least that was the case with my version of Vista.

Other Questions:
Question: When I try to email (with or without attachment, i.e., a report) I get an error message? (Added May 1, 2008)
Answer: I have only seen this if an email program is not installed or not installed properly, also, you must have a default email account setup. In addition you may have an email plugin that is not working properly. To disable email plugins (Outlook) go to Help/About Microsoft Office Outlook and select "Disabled Items" and disable any plugins.

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