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Support Files

Meeting Schedule Assistant and Public Talks relies on some additional files which are provided by Microsoft. You may or may not need these extra files because it depends upon what program functionality you want to use, which operating system you are using, and what Microsoft software you already have installed.

Please find below a basic overview of all the required support files. Information is provided about the purpose of the support files and if available, links to download them are also included.


.NET Microsoft Framework 4.6.2 (or higher)

Certain program functionality requires .NET Microsoft Framework 4.6.2 or higher to be installed. This will be automatically downloaded and installed during the installation.


Microsoft Access 2010 or 2013 Runtime

Download: Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime
Download: Microsoft Access 2013 Runtime
Download: Microsoft Access 2016 Runtime

The Microsoft Access Runtime is a free download from Microsoft and it is required if you want to use the new ACCDB database format or want to secure your database with an encrypted password. It is also required for compacting of your database.

If you already have Microsoft Access 2010/2013/2016 installed then you probably have all the files required. But if you do encounter problems it is recommended you download the runtime. Please be aware that you can have any earlier version of Microsoft Access installed on your computer at the same time as having the 2010 runtime.

If you are using a 64 bit operating system then please read up about the section about the 64 bit editions of my applications.


Microsoft Outlook 2002 (or higher)
Office Primary Interop Assemblies

Download:
Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies
Office 2007 Primary Interop Assemblies
Office 2010 Primary Interop Assemblies

Microsoft Outlook 2002 or higher (as installed with Microsoft Office) is required if you want to use the Send to Microsoft Outlook feature and send speaker and talk assignment details to Microsoft Outlook.

Under some circumstances you might have some of the installation files (referred to as Office Primary Interop Assemblies) missing. You can either re-install Microsoft Office or download them from the link above. You should only attempt to do this if you are having problems with the Send to Microsoft Outlook feature.


Microsoft Word 2000 (or higher)

Microsoft Word 2000 or higher (as installed with Microsoft Office) is required if you want to be able to export any created reports to Microsoft Word.


Microsoft Data Access Components (referred to as MDAC)
Microsoft JET Engine

Download: Microsoft Data Access Components
Download: Microsoft JET Engine

These support files are required as a minimum because the default database format is MDB. In a future version of Public Talks we might drop support for MDB and thus drop the requirement for MDAC and JET.

MDAC is available as a download from the link above; however, the more recent operating systems (like Vista and Windows7) include MDAC as part of the operating system. JET is the actual database driver.

The above files are only required if you don't have Microsoft Access (or a suitable runtime) installed.


Windows 95 and 98 Users

If you are running under the Windows 9x operating systems (*), you must also have Distributed COM (referred to as DCOM) installed before installing the MDAC components.

Download Distributed COM for Windows 95 by following this link.

Download Distributed COM for Windows 98 by following this link

(*) Users of Windows 95 / 95 / ME can download and install Public Talks 2.09 which was the last version of the program built to run on these older operating systems.

Once these support files have been installed, you can install Public Talks.


64 bit editions of Meeting Schedule Assistant and Public Talks

The installers include a 64 bit edition available through your computer's Start menu. There are some things you need to know if you decide to use the 64 bit editions of the application.

Scenario 1: You are using the legacy MDB data format (the default database type) with Public Talks. Windows 64 bit comes supplied with a few 32 bit ODBC drivers, one of which is the MDB driver.

So you can use the 32 bit edition of Meeting Schedule Assistant and Public Talks in this context.

If you decide to use the 64 bit edition then you will have to obtain the 64 bit ODBC drivers by either installing Microsoft Access 2010/2013  in 64 bit mode (by default it installs as 32 bit even on 64-bit machines) or the Microsoft Access 2010/2013 runtime (64 bit).
 
Scenario 2: You have upgraded your database in Public Talks to the newer ACCDB data format. Windows 64 bit does not come with the ACCDB  driver in either bit environment. You must obtain the driver. Now:-

- If you have Microsoft Office 32 bit installed (no Microsoft Access) then you must download the 32 bit Microsoft Access 2010/2013 runtime and use the 32 bit edition of my software.

- If you have Microsoft Office 64 bit installed (no Microsoft Access) t
hen you must download the 64 bit Microsoft Access 2010/2013 runtime and use the 64 bit edition of my software.

Please inform me of any broken links.