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The users at my organization connect to a Terminal Server running Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard.

They use Outlook 2010 on their profiles when they log in, and for this reason 64-bit Office 2010 has been installed, probably using that Control Panel -> Programs -> Install Application on Remote Desktop method of installing software. It appears that 64-bit Office 2010 was installed in full including MS-Access 2010.

Our users also need to be able to access just 32-bit MS-Access 2007 to work with some old, old databases via 32-bit ODBC that connect to an old, old system we are slated to get rid of "when the new system is ready".

Now I know that it is possible to uninstall just 64-bit MS-Access 2010 without removing all the rest of 64-bit MS-Office 2010, but I'm not certain it's possible to reinstall just 32-bit MS-Access 2007 without some sort of a registry hack.

I have 32-bit MS-Access 2007 and 32-bit MS-Access 2003 installed on my own 64-bit Windows 7 box for purposes of maintaining these databases and a registry hack is being used to switch between them, but I can't imagine this being possible in a multi-user environment like Terminal Server.

Is there some way of making this work?

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1. Microsoft recommends installing 32bit Office on 64bit Windows. 2. Why not just create 32bit DSN's for the connections to the external data? I don't see why 32bit Access is required if you only need a 32bit ODBC connection. –  joeqwerty Feb 7 '13 at 19:54
    
@joeqwerty I'm using a no longer supported Visual Fox Pro driver that I have to shoehorn into Windows 7 with a registry hack to normally get it to work, if that makes any difference... –  leeand00 Feb 7 '13 at 20:06
    
I'm confused now, what does Windows 7 have to do with it? Does the Access connection originate from the RDS server and go to a Fox Pro database on a Windows 7 computer? –  joeqwerty Feb 7 '13 at 20:15
    
Everything I have read from Microsoft suggestions that the 32bit version of Offices is incompatible with the 64bit version. You can only have components from one arch installed on a single system. Though, I have read you can use App-V to get around this. –  Zoredache Feb 7 '13 at 21:00
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@joeqwerty, perhaps you are aware of something I am not, but I thought I read somewhere that 64 bit version of access could not use 32bit ODBC drivers. –  Zoredache Feb 7 '13 at 21:01
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Generally speaking, if you must co-mingle multiple versions of Office, you should installed the oldest versions first, in order. No configurations are supported by Microsoft.

How to use Office 2010 suites and programs on a computer that is running another version of Office
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2121447

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