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Installing the Northwind Database for MS Office

The Northwind database is a sample database (available for both SQL Server and MS Access), designed to assist in learning and demonstrations, etc. It demonstrates what an inventory and orders system might look like for a mail order dry goods company.

The Northwind sample database is based on a fictitious company called Northwind Traders, which imports and exports specialty foods from around the world.


Installation for MS Access

Start MS Access.  From the Welcome screen (or the File Menu), enter northwind in the search field...


Click on Northwind 2007 Sample


Give the database a name and location and then click Create


Once the database has been installed, log in using one of the user names provided.  Click a user and then click Login.



The Northwind sample database will open and you can explore it using MS Access or connect to is using a Jet Reports Universal Connector.



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