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We use an old program that uses an access 2.0 database and it generates reports using crystal reports 4.5. The problem came up when the company changed ownership and names. It seems that there were some custom reports files that were made and the companies name was hard coded into the .rpt files. How do I edit the .rpt files? Do I need Crystal Reports 4.5? If so how can I get such an old version of this program?
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CR4.6 should be able to edit them.

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Just tried that today and I was able to open and edit the files. The only issue was when we tried to print the report out the application crashed. I restored the old file froma backup and now it works fine. So it looks like CR 4.6.1.0 will open it but the saved .rpt file will crash when you try to print the report.
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Have you tried contacting Seagate to see what they can do for you?
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Have you changed the printer, the driver, or the OS since the reports were created?

Can you view the report in preview?

You may need to verify the database.
Open the report
Click DATABASE --> VERIFY DATABASE

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Changed the os a while ago to win2kwas running on nt 4.0 for a long time. Tried to verify the database but it errored out on me.
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I suspect CR4.6.1 will not run reliably on Win2K

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I suspect that the file format differs. You know when you used to open a Word 95 document in Word 97, it was working but you cannot revert it to Word 95!
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so if I throw the database in an old computer and install cr 4.6 will that function?
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I don't think so. It seems that older version of CR is not able to read rpt modified by a newer version (which is explainable).

Once again, have you tried contacting Seagate to see how they can accomodate you?
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