Microsoft KB Archive/250459

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Article ID: 250459

Article Last Modified on 6/24/2004


  • Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q250459

Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.

This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb).


When you try to export an object from Access 2000, you may receive the following error message:

Cannot update. Database or object is read-only.

You receive this error message no matter which file format you are exporting to.


The length of the path (the folder location together with the file name) that you entered in the Export dialog box exceeds 64 characters.


Export the object so that the length of the path (the folder location together with the file name) does not exceed 64 characters. Once you have exported the file successfully, you can move the file to the folder that you want and rename the file to a name that you want.


To resolve this problem, install the latest Microsoft Jet 4.0 service pack. For additional information about how to download the latest Microsoft Jet 4.0 service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

239114 How To: Obtain the Latest Service Pack for the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Database Engine


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Jet 4.0 Service Pack 4 (SP4).


Steps to Reproduce the Behavior

  1. Start Access 2000, and then open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. In the Database window, click the Customers table.
  3. On the File menu, click Export.
  4. In the Save as type box, click Microsoft Excel 97-2000 (*.xls).
  5. In the Save in box, select the My Documents folder.
  6. In the File Name box, type a name for the file. Ensure that the file name that you type plus the path to the My Documents folder contains more than 64 characters.
  7. Click Save.

Note that you receive the error message mentioned in the "Symptoms" section of this article.

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