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Microsoft: Access Queries and JET SQL FAQ


Dealing with "Operation Must Be An Updateable Query" error. by SQLBI
Posted: 7 Nov 03


I have recently had problems using a Sub Query within an UPDATE Query. Each time i ran my code, Access prompted with "Operation Must Be An Updateable Query."

Looking at various TT posts, this is not an uncommon problem.

My original SQL was;

UPDATE tblAgreement AS A SET A.DateReceived = (SELECT AI.DateReceived FROM tblAgreementImport AS AI WHERE A.UniqueID = AI.UniqueID);

But each time i ran it, the error would pop up.

This problem was solved using the following SQL;

UPDATE tblAgreement AS A INNER JOIN tblAgreementImport AS AI ON A.UniqueID = AI.UniqueID SET A.DateReceived = AI.DateReceived;

This worked 100%.

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