Access 2013 is a database management system from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface and software-development tools. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which lets you have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.


Access 2013 Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Access 2013 is a commercial application and there is no trial so you will need to install it with the installation media (disc or download).


Install Access 2013. By default it installs into C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office.


Run the application at least once to change any settings to your preferences.


Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.


Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust paths to suit your installation.


Note: You can run Access 2013 without any parameters but if you want to open a specific database or perform other functions, see this article.


Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see Access 2013 running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run Access 2013 as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Access 2013 or specify which CPU or core Access 2013 will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).


Now click on the Lifecycle tab. Uncheck Graceful Shutdown as it can slow the shutdown of Access 2013.

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Now click on the OK button to install and start Access 2013!