“Microsoft Access has stopped working” – fixing corrupt files

Summary Occasionally, when you’re making a lot of design changes to a Microsoft Access database, Access might start crashing when you’re working with that specific database file or when trying to enter the VBA environment with ALT-F11. This leaves you unable to investigate the issue or make further changes. It can be a sign that there are errors within the project’s…

SQL Server for Beginners: Part III – SQL Server Management Studio

Once you have SQL Server and all the necessary updates installed, the next step is to learn how to create databases and work with them. The easiest interface available to the beginner is Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), a graphical environment where you can view and manipulate all of the databases and other objects…

SQL Server for Beginners: Part II – Installing SQL Server Express

Just like with any software, SQL Server uses a standard installation program to install its components on your system. Depending on the edition that you’re using, you will be installing it from media that you purchased or from the free install packages that you can download from Microsoft’s website. Unlike other installs, the SQL Server…

What You Need to Know About Database Technology

In the modern world, our daily activities follow and leave a rich trail of electronic data from e-mail and text messages to credit card transactions and medical records. At its simplest, the data could be an address book or contact list stored in a text file while more complex information such as a store’s inventory…

Installing SQL Server 2012 Express on Windows 8

Doing this tonight. Found out that the .Net 3.5 framework needs to be disabled by turning it off under the System Programs and Features. Otherwise, the installation is still trying to install the setup files after more than an hour. One of Windows 8’s little quirks. See this link for more … http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sqlserver/en-US/18f60327-d4ce-407d-ace8-9fc98e52c37c/sql-server-2012-express-is-not-compatible-with-windows-8?forum=sqlsetupandupgrade