Monday, 7 April 2014

Microsoft has incorporated a tool named Detect and Repair in MS Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 using which you can repair the corrupt documents of MS Office. Using this tool, you can repair the .ppt file, .xls file, .doc file, and .mdb file. However, which file the tool will repair depends on the Office application from where you launch the tool. For example, if you want to repair the corrupt MS Access database then you have to launch the tool from within MS Access. 

This article describes the process of accessing and using the Detect and Repair tool to repair Access database file. The Detect and Repair tool diagnoses the Access database files available for finding and rectifying the possible corruptions in the files. The tool automatically scans and repairs all database files available. 

How to launch the Detect and Repair Tool

The Microsoft provided Detect and Repair tool can be accessed from different locations in MS Access XP, MS Access 2003, and MS Access 2007. In MS Access XP and MS Access 2003 the tool can be accessed by selecting Help > Detect and Repair option. While in MS Office 2007, you need to execute the following steps to access and use the tool:
  1. Start MS Access 2007.
  2. Click the MS Access button and click the PowerPoint options button.
  3. Select the Resource Tab.
  4. Click the Diagnose button.
After you have launched the tool using the MS Access application follow the onscreen instructions to use the tool.

What to do if Detect and Repair tool does not repair the corrupt Access Database file

While using the Detect and Repair tool to diagnose the Access database file, you cannot assure that the tool performs a successful Access Database repair. In case, you find it difficult to work with an existing Access database file after running the Detect and Repair tool then you are suggested to use the third party Access Database repair tool.

With the help of a third party Access database repair tool, you can successfully repair the severely damaged files within few minutes. The third party Access database repair tool supports almost all versions of MS Access, such as MS Access 95, MS Access 97, MS Access 2000, and MS Access 2003. In addition, the software can be installed on any version of Windows operating system. Read more


  1. This comment has been removed by the author.

  2. Quite useful and informative write-up on the "detect and repair method" to repair corruption in Access database. I found another effective tool on internet, AccessFileRepair to fix corrupt MDB database files in MS Access in a really short time span and without losing any data.
    The software can be found here:

  3. To renovate inaccessible Access MDB as well as ACCDB file download Access Repair Tool. It lets to recover all MDB and ACCDB saved information in Windows operating system. Check full solution: Access Repair Tool