Connect ArcGIS to Access 2010 (Office x64)?

Discussion created by kidcharlemagne201 on Jan 17, 2012
Latest reply on Mar 8, 2012 by ebowman-esristaff
Seems simple enough based on the help description, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why it's not working.  I can't even get the Microsoft Office 12.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider option to show up in ArcCatalog.  I don't know if the fact that I'm running Office in x64 but ArcGIS is a 32-bit program or not.

I would very much like to be able to tie my database directly to the mapping software, to avoid issues of transferring data between versions, but I have no idea how to do it.  Any ideas?