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Can't open Access 97 file with Access 2003

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A database file was created on a Win 98 machine with Microsoft Access 97 and was put on a share on the server. When XP machines try to open it with Access 2003 it says it cannot find the database file and gives the path. I thought that it was backward compatible?
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by:Jim P.
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If you just explore to the .mdb location can you see it with the XP machines?
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by:fina27
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Yeah I can see it. When i double click it, Access opens then says it cannot find the file, then gives the path.
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by:fina27
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The Win 98 machine with Access 97 can open it fine. Permissions are ok, everyone has everyone Read/Read Execute permissions
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A97 is not backward compatible with A2003.  It's going to 'want to convert it' .... and maybe that option is not happening over your network when you try to open it ... if you see what I mean?

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by:fina27
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Yeah I've seen that message before, but just not in this case. It just says it cannot find it. How can I manually convert it?
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform) earned 2000 total points
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Bring it to a local system, open with A2003 ... it will give you that option ...

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by:p912s
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>>cannot find the database file and gives the path
Are the drive/paths the same from both machines (98 & XP)?

Does it say that it can't open the file that you double-clicked on? Or some file that the file you tried to open is linked to?
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by:fina27
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Thanks database MX
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You are very welcome ...

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