I've also tried Access in 'Safe Mode' on the laptop & even then I get the same msg.
I currently have Office 2000 SB on the laptop, so I've spent this morning uninstalling Access 97, using the Office 97 Eraser, uninstalling Office 2000SB (which only comprises Word, XL & Outlook), using both the Office 2000 Erasers & then reinstalling Access 97....... twice! However, both times Access gave the same error even in 'Safe Mode' which completely threw me as I'm really not sure what 2 look 4 now. Any ideas/suggestions gratefully received as I'm running out of hair 2 pull out. ;~}