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How to fix 'Can't find the database you specified

by jenymaria

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Microsoft Access is an application which is used to create computer-based databases. The application creates a database file with an extension .MDB or .ACCDB (depending on the version). These files are vulnerable to corruption in many instances including application malfunction, abrupt system shutdown, virus attacks, application bugs and more. In such situations, you may find it hard to mount a database and access database records. Since these issues are always accompanied by various error messages, it becomes essential to isolate them. You can, therefore, use the inbuilt Compact and Repair feature to treat some corruption problems. But, in order to achieve best results, you must get hold of a third-party Access recovery  application.

Consider a scenario, wherein, you try and open an existing Microsoft Access database by using a shortcut, and receive the following error message:

'Can't find the database you specified, or you didn't specify a database at all.

Specify a valid database name in the command line, and include a path if necessary.'

In order to identify the unique number associated with the error message, press Ctrl+Shift+I, and you will receive the following error code in the lower-right corner of this message:



The above behavior can be witnessed in the following situations:

  • The shortcut points to an earlier or older version of MS Access database and you upgraded the earlier version of MS Office programs during the setup of a later version of MS Office.
  • The Norton anti-virus program was already installed when you installed MS Office Access 2007
  • Of if the database is corrupt


You can observe the following steps to overcome the problem:

  • To fix the problem due to Access runtime application, remove Access, reinstall the Access runtime application, check you can use the shortcut to open the database of the runtime application
  • To fix the issue related to Norton anti-virus, follow these steps:

1.Remove Access
2.Remove Norton anti-virus software
3.Reinstall Access
4.Check that you can use the shortcut to open the database
5.Reinstall Norton anti-virus program

You can download repair software from the Internet and perform repairing on your own by following simple directions embedded in it. Such third-party Access repair tools are safe to use since they do not modify the original data.

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