How to Upgrade Microsoft Access
By Peyton Brookes
Microsoft Access is a database management system. This type of system secures data and processes it. It also holds raw data, keeps it secure and turns it into useful information using report features. Most companies today would not function without some sort of database management system. Consumers find value in databases as well. For example, cataloging an important art collection for insurance purposes would benefit a consumer. Because of the significance of data security, database software upgrades will prevent breaches.
Prepare for the Installation
Verify that your system supports the upgrade. Visit the Access page at Microsoft’s website to review system requirements.
Check your system by right-clicking the “My Computer” or "Computer" icon on your desktop. On the “General” tab, review your computer’s specifications.
Perform a database backup prior to downloading or installing the software. Move your backup to another location, such as an external hard drive. This step will prevent loss of your data.
Purchase the software from an authorized retailer or Microsoft's website. Always purchase software from a trusted dealer or software manufacturer.
Update your computer by visiting the Microsoft Update Center. If your computer requires updates, click the “Express” button. This will determine which updates your computer requires. Install any suggested updates.
Place the CD into your computer's disc drive if you purchased a disc. Follow the instructions for installing your upgrade.
Enter your product key when prompted. You can find the key in the box the disc came in.
Restart your computer and visit the Microsoft update site to download and install any Access updates.
Peyton Brookes is a workforce development expert and has written professionally about technology, education and science since 2009. She spent several years developing technology and finance courses for social programs in the Washington, D.C. area. She studied computer and information science at the University of Maryland College Park.