ODBC Data Source Administrator crashes when you add a system DSN


Consider the following scenario:

  • You're using a physical computer that has Microsoft Access Database Engine 2016 installed.
  • Hardware acceleration is enabled.
  • The version of ACEODBC.dll is 16.0.4378.1000 (KB3114378) or a later version.
  • In the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) Data Source Administrator (Odbcad32.exe), you add a system Data Source Name (DSN) that uses a Microsoft Access driver (*.mdb or *.accdb).

In this scenario, Odbcad32.exe crashes.


To work around this problem, disable hardware acceleration by using the DisableHardwareAcceleration registry key, as follows.


This issue has been reported and is being investigated. We recommend that you use the registry key only to disable the hardware acceleration during the DSN creation, and that you re-enable hardware acceleration at your earliest convenience.


Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restorationin case problems occur.

  1. Exit all Microsoft Office applications.

  2. Start Registry Editor:

    • Windows 10: Go to Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then select regedit.exe in the search results.
    • Windows 8 or Windows 8.1: Move your mouse to the upper-right corner, select Search, type regedit in the search text box, and then select regedit.exe in the search results.
    • Windows 7: Select Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then select regedit.exe in the search results.
  3. Locate and then select the following registry subkey:


  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then select DWORD Value.

  5. Enter DisableHardwareAcceleration, and then press Enter.

  6. In the Details pane, press and hold (or right-click) DisableHardwareAcceleration, and then select Modify.

  7. In the Value data box, enter 1, and then select OK.

  8. Exit Registry Editor.