HOW TO: FIX ERROR – “the ‘microsoft.ace.oledb.12.0’ provider is not registered on the local machine”


Windows 7 (64 bit): “The ‘Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0’ provider is not registered in the local machine”.

When I try to import Excel 2010.xlsx file into my local SQL Server R2 database from my Windows 7 machine (64 bit),  I ran into this error message: “The ‘Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0’ provider is not registered in the local machine”.

I found a  solution from a quick search:  to install Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable  from this link:

The catch point is to install the 32 bit instead of 64 bit.