ODBC item in Control Panel - what is it?

  polymath 20:41 06 Aug 2004
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It wasn't there last time I looked in the Control Panel. It's called ODBC Data Service Administrator.

It says 'An ODBC user data source stores information about how to connect to the indicated data provider. A user data source is only visible to you, and can only be used on the current machine'. Under 'ODBC Devices' is a list of 8 Microsoft applications (Excel and various databases). It says ODBC Tracing logs calls to ODBC drivers, for use of support people for debugging your applications.
The Help button didn't do anything.

I don't do any software development (far from it!), had never heard of ODBC and it's a puzzle to me. Should I worry? If not, do I need it?

Win 98SE, Internet Explorer 6, PC-cillin 2000 antivirus software (with all functions enabled except during installations); MailWasher.
Recent events; updated to IE6, downloaded RealOne Player (which works fine) from BBC site - that's all I can think of.

Now have to leave in 10 mins, but back tomorrow eve.

  Valvegrid 20:46 06 Aug 2004

Nothing to worry about. It's needed by data base programs amongst others, I think MS Access uses it.

  polymath 20:58 06 Aug 2004

Thanks Valvegrid - I'll sleep easier now! The only database I have is my old Dos favourite (Lotus Agenda), but I'll leave the item there in case something needs it.

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