Because the quantity of downloads for Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)
2.1 has far exceeded the downloads for FastTEST 2.0 and
considering that only a fraction of FastTEST 2.0 users should need to install MDAC 2.1, please
read the following information to confirm that you actually need to install MDAC 2.1 .
First of all, MDAC is a set of dll's and type libraries and has no visual interface.
There is nothing that is on your Start Menu that you can click on to run it. Everything is
done behind the scenes; you need to write your own program or macro code in order to use it.
MDAC is installed when the operating system is installed. Here is a list of the different
versions that are installed with the different operating systems:
MDAC version 2.0 is installed with Windows 98
MDAC version 2.1 is installed with Windows 98SE
MDAC version 2.5 is installed with Windows ME
MDAC version 2.5 is installed with Windows 2000
MDAC version 2.7 is installed with Windows XP
How do you determine which version of MDAC you have installed on your computer?
Although this is not the only file that is part of MDAC, one way is to check the "C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\OLE DB\msdadc.dll" file version. Use the following chart to
determine the version of MDAC that you have installed:
MDAC 1.0 (OLE DB 1.1 SDK)
MDAC 1.5 (MSADC11)
MDAC 1.5 (PDC)
MDAC 1.5 (IE 4.0 and 4.01)
MDAC 1.5 RTM
MDAC 1.5a (IE 4.01 SP1)
MDAC 1.5b (NT4.0 Option Pack 1)
MDAC 1.5c (IE 4.01 SP2)
MDAC 2.0 RTM
MDAC 2.0 SP1 / SP2
MDAC 22.214.171.12413.2 (SQL)
MDAC 126.96.36.19911.6 (IE 5)
MDAC 188.8.131.5211.11 (GA)
MDAC 184.108.40.20602.3 (GA) SP2
MDAC 2.5 RTM
MDAC 2.5 SP1
MDAC 2.5 SP2
MDAC 2.6 RTM
MDAC 2.6 SP1
MDAC 2.7 RTM
MDAC 2.8 RTM
In addition to this, upgrades to Internet Explorer, Service Packs and Windows Updates to the different operating
systems can upgrade your version of MDAC.
Do not attempt to downgrade your version of MDAC! On Windows 2000 and Windows XP the
installation will fail because the files are protected by the operating system and you may
end up needing to re-install your operating system as the result of a failed attempt.Click here for details.
Note: Windows 95 users--ONLY Windows 95 users--need to install DCOM95 first before installing MDAC.