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Converting Access2.0 to Access '97

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I am converting an appication from VB3 and Access2.0 to VB5 and Access'97.

How can I programatically determine the version of the database and if it is Access2.0 convert it to Access '97?
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try the following code:

Dim db As Database
  Dim prpNew As Property
  Dim prpLoop As Property

  Set db = OpenDatabase("c:\YOURDIR\YOURFILE.mdb")

  With db
    ' Create and append user-defined property.
    Set prpNew = .CreateProperty()
    prpNew.Name = "UserDefined"
    prpNew.Type = dbText
    prpNew.Value = "This is a user-defined property."
    .Properties.Append prpNew

    ' Enumerate all properties of current database.
On Error Resume Next
Debug.Print "Properties of " & .Name
    For Each prpLoop In .Properties
      With prpLoop
        Debug.Print "    " & .Name
        Debug.Print "        Type: " & .Type
        Debug.Print "        Value: " & .Value
        Debug.Print "        Inherited: " & _
          .Inherited
      End With
    Next prpLoop

    ' Delete new property because this is a
    ' demonstration.
    .Properties.Delete "UserDefined"
  End With

You will see in your debug window that you will get a section named "AccessVersion".  The Value property will give you the exact version.  For example: value: 07.53
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PS: 07.53 = Access 97 in my particular installation.
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Thanks for the code to determine the version.  If the version is Aceess 2.0 how can I programatically convert it to a Access '97 version.

I see VB commands to repair and compact the database but not to convert?
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I know of no integral op code for converting mdb files from one version to another.  I assume you would like to know how to perform the "magic" conversion that Access itself does.  My advice would be to forget that.  Write code to read the 2.0 file and write the new 97 file.  You can use the tabledefs collection to determine field names and sizes, etc...  The subject is pretty complex and I do not have existing code to paste here that illustrates the entire process.  I do have an example program from a CD that came with a book that illustrates how to gather all of the necessary info to "map" a database. If you give me your E-Mail address I will be glad to forward it to you. The example outlines just about everything you should need to pull this off.
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