Known Issues in Microsoft Access after Windows 10 Update

Summary: This post will outline several common issues Microsoft Access users have reported after Windows 10 update. It will also provide workarounds to fix those issues. If problems with MS Access have caused the database (.ACCDB/.MDB) files to turn corrupt or inaccessible, you can try using a professional Access file repair and recovery tool to regain access to the files and data.

Known Issues in Microsoft Access after Windows 10 Update

A number of users have reported about encountering issues in MS Access after updating to Windows 10. Let’s look at some of these issues.

Occurrences of Microsoft Access Issues on Windows 10

Issue 1 – Windows 10 corrupting database

A user reported about db getting corrupt. He said “supporting a multi-user Access database split into front-end and back-end. He further added that the database was running fine until users started upgrading to Windows 10, Office 365 (aka Office 2016), and Access 365 (Access 2016). After the Windows 10 update, the database is getting corrupt frequently. After constantly repairing and compacting the db, the data has turned corrupt to a point where the users can’t even restore a prior version of the database.”

Issue 2 – Database in inconsistent state

An Access user encountered an error stating that the path to the back-end is “not a recognized database format”. He also received a “database is in an inconsistent state” error message on the workstation (Windows 10 pro with Office 365 installed) where the back-end is stored.

Issue 3 – Problem saving records in Access

A user said he “uses Access to track training requirements, and after installing Windows 10, he has been facing lots of problems. He encountered an error while attempting to save a record in Microsoft Access stating “you can’t save this record at this time”. He further received a pop-up message that reads: “If you close this object now, the data changes you made will be lost”. On selecting yes to the question “Do you want to close the database object?” the object won’t close. The user had to reboot, resulting in data loss.

TIP: If you want to recover lost data or need urgent access to data from a corrupt Access database, Stellar Repair for Access software may help. The software can repair corrupt .accdb and .mdb files. It also helps restore all db objects like tables, macros, modules, deleted records, etc. In fact, the software can help repair Access database that is in an inconsistent state.

How to fix Known Issues in MS Access after Windows 10 Update?

There is no specific solution to fix the Access issues. However, following are some workarounds that may help:

Workaround 1 – Rollback Windows 10 to a Previous Build

NOTE: If you have crossed the 10 days period after you installed the new Windows build or if you have deleted the “Windows.old” folder, you won’t be able to go back to an earlier build.

Some users have said that simply rolling back Windows 10 to a previous build helped them resolve the problems they were facing in Access. To do so, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click Start, and type Settings.

Open windows settings
Figure 1: Windows Settings

Step 2: In Windows Settings dialog box, click Update & Security.

Select Update & Security in windows settings
Figure 2: Update & Security

Step 3: From the sidebar, select Recovery.

Select recovery option in Update & Security
Figure 3: Recovery Option

Step 4: Click Get Started under ‘Go back to an earlier build’.

Revert to Windows 10 previous build
Figure 4: Go Back to Windows 10 Earlier Build

Workaround 2 – Move Access Database to a New Folder

Create a new folder on the same drive on which your existing database is stored, and move the database to that folder.

Workaround 3 – Apply DisableLeasing Registry Hack

A word of caution: This workaround can stop the mapped drives on a PC to stop working, and you may even lose the login credentials to the servers. Also, it can impact network performance.

Follow these steps to apply the ‘DisableLeasing’ Registry Hack to the server:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

Step 2: In command prompt window, copy and paste the following code:

REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanserver\parameters /v DisableLeasing /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Step 3: Exit the command prompt window.

Workaround 4 – Split the Database

When sharing your Access db with multiple users on a network, you may encounter problems like ‘database is in inconsistent state’, ‘database is corrupt’, etc. Often splitting the db may help resolve such problems. Here’s how you can do it:

NOTE: Make a copy of the database stored on your local hard drive (and not on the network share).

Step 1: Open the database copy stored on your local hard disk drive.

Step 2: Click the Database Tools tab, and select Access Database on Move Data group.

Microsoft access database tools
Figure 5: Access Database Tools

Step 3: In Database Splitter Wizard, click Split Database.

Access database splitter wizard
Figure 6: Database Splitter Wizard

Step 4: In Create Back-end Database window, specify file name, file type, and location for the back-end db file.

Create access back-end database
Figure 7: Create Back-end Database


When using MS Access on Windows 10, you may run into several issues. This post discussed the commonly encountered known issues in MS Access after Windows update. Some of the reported issues are Database corruption, db in an inconsistent state, and problem saving records in Access db. There is no fixed solution that can help resolve such issues. However, the workarounds discussed in this post may help. But if nothing works or implementing any workaround results in data loss, using Stellar Repair for Access software will help you restore the damaged database and recover all its objects.

  1. Jack Jaeger December 17, 2020

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