A friend is attempting to startup Access 2003, but it fails with multiple message boxes that report: "A problem occured while Microsoft Office Access was communicating with the OLE server or ActiveX Control. Close the OLE Server and restart it outside of Microsoft Office Access. Then try the operation again in Microsoft Office Access." He reports that he has to use the task manager to finally rid himself of the application. My apologies for coming to you with hearsay, but it I think I'm in a better position then him to ask semi-technical questions. 1) Does anyone recognize this as symptomatic of an obvious problem? I've done some web searches and see that a number of people are having this type of error, but mainly in triggered by particular datasets or scripts that they're trying to use. We're doing neither--this happens at startup of a "clean" Access 2003 install. 2) Is there a startup database, or a list of add-ins that are loaded in at startup, that we can disable? Thanks for your consideration of my specific questions and of the dilemma in general.