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Installing FireDAC 8 for Delpi 2007

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/08/19

Installing FireDAC 8 for Delpi 2007


  1. Obtain from a registered Delphi XE4 or higher license:
  2. Extract it into FireDAC_8.0.5.3365.exe.
  3. Run FireDAC_8.0.5.3365.exe with the /showide parameter as described in
  4. FireDAC_8.0.5.3365.exe /showide
    1. (When not running as Administrator: elevate to Administrator)
    2. Welcome screen: press next
    3. License screen: accept, then press next
    4. Destination selection screen: keep C:\Program Files (x86)\Embarcadero\FireDAC, then press next
    5. Select components screen: keep the selection (Full installation), then press next
    6. Select IDEs screen: choose Delphi 2007 (but not Delphi 2006), then press next
    7. Select Demo Databases screen: keep the settings (do not choose Interbase / Firebird server as then you have to provide the credentials for the server), then press next
    8. Start menu screen: keep Embarcadero FireDAC, then press next
    9. Ready to install screen: press install
    10. After installation: press finish, then read the readme
      1. or later browse to <file:///C:/Program%20Files%20(x86)/Embarcadero/FireDAC/Readme.html>
      2. That’s what actually tells you:

The installer automatically installs FireDAC in the Delphi XE4 and C++ Builder XE4 IDEs. For older versions of the IDEs, you can run the installer with the /SHOWIDE command line parameter.

After installation

To fix this when starting Delphi:

[Window Title]

Can't load package C:\Users\Public\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0\Bpl\AnyDAC_Dcl_D11.bpl.
The specified module could not be found.
Do you want to attempt to load this package the next time a project is loaded?

[Yes] [No]

The actual BPL sometimes is in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0\Bpl\AnyDAC_Dcl_D11.bpl

The cause is that the BPL gets loaded from %BDSCOMMONDIR% which on some systems points to

  • %PUBLIC%\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0

and on others points to

  • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0

This seems to be the case on machines where more different Windows users are using Delphi.

The installer does not fully recognize this distinction, so copies the BPL to %LOCALAPPDATA%\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0\Bpl and registers it as being in %PUBLIC%\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0\Bpl.

On these machines there is a difference between the definition of BDSCOMMONDIR in these registry keys:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment
    • points to C:\Users\Public\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Environment
    • points to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0


reg delete "HKCU\Software\Borland\BDS\5.0\Known Packages" /v "%PUBLIC%\Documents\RAD Studio\5.0\Bpl\AnyDAC_Dcl_D11.bpl" /f
reg add "HKCU\Software\Borland\BDS\5.0\Known Packages" /v "%BDSCOMMONDIR%\Bpl\AnyDAC_Dcl_D11.bpl" /t REG_SZ /d "Embarcadero FireDAC Components" /f


via: jeroenp / / source / Native / Delphi / Documentation / — Bitbucket.

4 Responses to “Installing FireDAC 8 for Delpi 2007”

  1. NCook said

    When we use FireDAC in Delphi 2007, our applications wont run correctly until we turn OFF the “Optimisation” check box in the compiler options for the project, and the rebuild the application.
    We are using the version of FireDAC indicated above (
    With optimisation turned ON, we get an Access violation as soon as we attempt to open a FireDAC object (eg: TADQuery). The same code works perfectly with optimisation turned OFF.
    Is anyone else having the same problem?
    Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this, or even better, have a solution?

    • jpluimers said

      We didn’t have that with our InterBase application. Or maybe we didn’t bump into it yet. What database are you using? Can you reproduce it with a very small application? If so, can you post it somewhere?

  2. Peter said

    Use ZEOS and you have no problems anymore.

    • jpluimers said

      Been there, done that. Zeos has it’s own share of problems.

      Or on others words: “Lets try another library. Now I’ve two problems”.

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