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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 109476578, Entry date: 05/05/2015

Error message when opening a project: Project is write-protected

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If you can no longer access a project, a repair or an update of the "Microsoft Access Database Engine" might remedy the situation.

If, after installing other software (in particular MS Office), when opening a project in SIMATIC S7 T Config, SIMOTION SCOUT, STARTER or Sizer, you get the error message indicating that the project is write-protected or already open, it might be possible to clear this situation with a repair or an update of the "Microsoft Access Database Engine".

For example, the following error messages might appear:

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If you confirm with "Yes", the following message is displayed:

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Repair the "Microsoft Database Engine (English)" by restarting the "ACERedist.msi" file from the
S7 Technology, Scout, Starter or Sizer DVD or from the unpacked installation package and then selecting "Repair" followed by "Fix Errors".
The "ACERedist.msi" file is in the setup directory under "...\InstData\CheckRequirements\Media\setupdir" or, for STARTER V5.3 or later, in "..\InstData\CheckRequirements\Media\setupdir\AceRedist_2010_x86".
Restart your computer after the repair.

Note for STARTER V5.3 or newer
In some cases, when you try to repair the "Microsoft Database Engine 2010" you may receive an error message that the 32-bit version of the "Microsoft Database Engine 2010" is not possible because 64-bit Office products are installed. 
The remedy in such cases is to use the "Microsoft Database Engine 2007 (English)" for the repair, which is included e.g. in the STARTER V5.1 SP1 HFx setup. You can download this at the end of entry 26233208.

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WS7S:61514 WS7S: 206 317T 315T 317TF Technology Microsoft Office. The project is write-protected or is already being used by another process on a different computer.  Error occurred while opening the project!