Access 2016 Error after 22H2 update

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Has anyone else been experiencing the issue where Access prompts that it cant use "file path".accdb; file already in use? This is preventing multiuser experience of shared (split) database stored on network file share. The issue started occurring after the update to 22H2 (for me, mid-April).

A similar instance occurred at the end of 2021 that was documented here: Error in Access when opening a database on a network file share - Microsoft Support

I have been looking for any updates by MS for this and have not been able to find anything that hints at a possible solution in the works. Thank you for any tips or info that can be provided.



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What is your exact version and build number of Access/Office 2016 (see File - Account) ?

Depending whether it is MSl or C2R, the support website you mentioned has different cures. In case of MSI check if you have the fixing KB update installed.


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My version info for the MSI:

Office Access 2016 (16.0.5164.1000) MSO (16.0.5439.1001) 32-bit

Unfortunately, I am not in a position to make any changes for myself, or the organization's end users of the database application being afflicted. I am trying to get as much of a solution, or the information to form a solution, together to take to the IT professionals of our agency who can make the changes.


The link I posted was from the 2022 issue and that took about +/- a month before MS pushed a KB to resolve the problem. Leading up to their fix there was a lot more chatter about the issue and this time it seems not the case. I am hoping, oddly enough, that it is an issue from the MS 22H2 update and not something internal to the organization; one will get fixed, the other wont. Looking at the support page, there isnt a mention of the 'file in use' error that I can find.