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Microsoft Works Database - ''Cannot display End User License......

I haven't tried to open MWDatabase before, and now get the above message, together with the instruction to ''Re-install application''. I'm a computer dunce - how do I re-install application, where do I get it from etc. - all in words of one syllable if you can, please?!

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  • eeyore_57 Jan 09, 2009

    Thanks for trying to help, Bill! Unfortunately, I don't know if the computer came loaded with it, as I wasn't the original purchaser! I haven't used the Database before, but I have used Powerpoint, Publisher, Excel etc with no problems. If your suggestion to do a System Restore is still valid, do I have to back-up everything first? Hmmm, scary for me??!! ~Trish

  • eeyore_57 Jan 09, 2009

    Hmmm - a learning curve? Like learning how to open the window before throwing the PC through it???!!! I'm thinking I might find Database useful for a new role I have - do you have any suggestions as to how I can find a free alternative? Sorry to bother you with my idiocy......I do (sort of) know how to use PC's - until they start refusing my requests!!

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    Bill Speer May 11, 2010

    Did the program come loaded with the computer when you first got it? If so, the program may be loaded on the restore disc that may (or may not nowadays) have come with it.

    I'm assuming you have used the program before. If it hasn't been that long, perhaps a System Restore may help. Click the Start button on the bottom left of your taskbar, choose All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore. The Welcome window opens. Make sure Restore my computer to an earlier time is selected and choose Next. When the calendar opens, choose a date that you know you were able to use the program without the error and select Next. Follow to the end of the prompts and let the PC do its thing. It could take a few minutes. This won't cause you to lose any documents, pictures, etc.

    Let me know if this worked. Otherwise, we'll try something else.


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No need to backup anything prior to a System Restore- however, it's always a good idea to have done it on a regular basis anyway. From the error message, I'd say that the license (if not other files) has become corrupted. Since you got the PC second hand, I'd have to say you probably won't be able to use it. Rereading your original message also tells me you've not used it before now (oops!). Is it something you can live without or just wanted to see what the program did? There are always free alternatives to just about any program that is sold- if you're willing to search and go through a bit of a learning curve. Let me know if I can help out more.

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    Bill Speer Jan 09, 2009

    I have no suggestions for any of the free alternatives. I usually Google with free alternative to...and fill in the blank. After that, it's just a matter of trying a few of them to see what would work best for you. Feel free to ask any future questions at this site!


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