ACC97: AcLicn97.exe Available in Download Center

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Under certain conditions, when you try to start Microsoft Access, you may receive the following error message:
Microsoft Access can't start because there is no license for it on this machine.
The AcLicn97.exe file contains a tool that corrects this problem on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows 98. After this problem is corrected, you can run Microsoft Access 97 successfully.

For additional information about this problem, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
141373 ACC: "There is no license" Error Starting Microsoft Access
IMPORTANT: AcLicn97.exe is intended only for computers running Windows 98. It is not intended for computers running Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, or Microsoft Windows 2000. Additionally, in order for this tool to work properly, you must have the full version of Microsoft Office 97 Professional or Microsoft Access 97 installed on your computer.

To download the Aclincn97.exe, see the "Downloading AcLicn97.exe" section later in this article.

If you are running an operating system other than Windows 98, see the "Steps to Correct the Problem If You Are Running Any Other Operating System" section of this article.


Steps to Correct the Problem If You Are Running Any Other Operating System

If you are running an operating system other than Windows 98, the AcLicn97.exe tool will not correct this problem on your computer. If this is the case, you can use these steps to correct the problem on your computer.

NOTE: Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
  1. Close all programs that are included with Office.
  2. On the Start menu, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.
  3. In the Named box, type hatten.ttf.
  4. In the Look in box, type C:\Windows\Fonts.

    NOTE: The path to the Fonts folder may be different on your computer.
  5. Click Find Now to start the search.

    If Hatten.ttf is not found, try searching for Haettenschweiler.ttf. Haettenschweiler is the full name of the Hatten font.
  6. Under Name, right-click the hatten.ttf file, and then click Rename on the shortcut menu that appears.
  7. Change the name of the file to If you receive a prompt that says that changing the extension may cause the file to become unusable, click Yes.
  8. Minimize, but do not close, the Find dialog box.
  9. On the Start Menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  10. In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
  11. In the Add/Remove Program Properties dialog box, click the Install/Uninstall tab, and then select Microsoft Office 97, Professional Edition in the program list.
  12. Click Add/Remove to run Office Setup in Maintenance Mode.
  13. In the Microsoft Office 97 Setup dialog box, click Reinstall.
  14. After the reinstallation is finished, click the Find dialog box on the taskbar to maximize it.
  15. Under Name, right-click the file, and then click Rename on the shortcut menu that appears.
  16. Change the name of the file back to hatten.ttf.
Microsoft Access should now be properly registered.

Downloading AcLicn97.exe

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Download AcLicn97.exe now
For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Using AcLicn97.exe

When you have finished downloading AcLicn97.exe, follow these steps to run the tool:
  1. Double-click AcLicn97.exe to extract the following files:
       AcLicens.exe    The tool
       Readme.txt      The Readme file with installation instructions
  2. Type the name of a folder to extract the file into.
  3. Use Windows Explorer to open the folder that you specified in the previous step.
  4. Double-click AcLicens.exe
If you see the following error message when you run this tool, please try the steps listed in the "Steps to Correct the Problem If You Are Running Any Other Operating System" section earlier in this article.
Setup was unable to detect a retail copy of Microsoft Access on this machine. Please rerun Microsoft Access setup. If this utility is still unable to detect Microsoft Access is installed on this machine, please contact Microsoft Technical Support.


Article ID: 191224 - Last Review: May 7, 2007 - Revision: 5.3
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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