BDE Administrator freezing up when attempting to edit settings

In order to use the DBAShortcut.EXE tool for creating shortcuts to a multi-company install on a Windows desktop, you will need to change a permissions setting in the registry prior to running the utility.

If you have already run the utility and it failed, it is advisable to delete the currently existing shortcut for the secondary company and uninstall the DBA Client from your Windows desktop, then re-install the DBA Client so that your BDE settings are back to their normal values for a single company install.

The Registry and BDE settings to be changed are documented here.  

This knowledge base assumes you are running a 64-bit operating system.  Make sure you are logged into Windows as an administrator account.  Then do these steps:

  1. Go to Start | Run...... Type regedit
  2. Find the registry key at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Borland
  3. Right-click on the Borland Permissions
  4. In the menu that shows Permissions add the user group of Everyone then select “Allow” for Full Control.  Then click Apply.
  5. Click OK to exit the Registry Key Permissions dialog box
  6. Exit the Registry Editor window

After you have done the permission changes on the registry key, you should be able to launch DBAShortcut.exe from your mapped drive to the DBA Manufacturing folder at the server to start the DBA Main Company Multi-Company Client setup.  You can find the full instructions for Multi-Company setup here:  Multi-Company Setup

Note: If you are following these instructions on a 32-bit operating system, the registry key you will need to adjust the permissions for will be found at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Borland.