SQL Server – OPENROWSET – Error Reading XLS File – Cannot update. Database or object is read-only.

Tried using ACE to read an Excel (XLS) file

select *  
   ,'Excel 8.0;Database=E:\Datafiles\Country.xl'  					 
   ,'select *  from [Sheet1$]'

Error Message:

"Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0" for linked server "(null)" returned message "Cannot update.  Database or object is read-only.".Msg 7303, Level 16, State 1, Line 1Cannot initialize the data source object of OLE DB provider "Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0" for linked server "(null)".


The problem was not read-only after all, but the issue was an incorrect filename.
The file name indicated is E:\Datafiles\Country.xl, but the actual’s file name is

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