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Error message: "The database you are trying to open or convert is currently in use, or you do not have permission to open it exclusively"

Posted on 2008-06-19
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
        I have recently upgraded a pc from Office 2000 to Office 2003. Since the upgrade, users cannot access an Access database that was created with Office 2000. They receive the error: "The database you are trying to open or convert is currently in use, or you do not have permission to open it exclusively". I have attached a screenshot as well
        I have since performed a system restore to before the upgrade, and the database works fine. I need to upgrade them to Office 2003 and have the database function. Suggestions?
Question by:itentive
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Expert Comment

ID: 21824082
Is it possible that during the upgrade you converted the database to 2003 format while the users atr trying to connect to a 2000 format db?

Author Comment

ID: 21824212
I suppose it's possible. I think that the database runs off of a network share. If someone was in there when Office was upgraded, you think it could cause this problem?
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Expert Comment

ID: 21824349
Its something  that I would check. You can check by clicking Tools|Options|Advanced. You will find  the db format in the upper right hand of the Advanced tab.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21866544
Hi Itentive, Were you able to figure out what was happening?


Author Comment

ID: 21866702
I have an update.

      I found out today that the database file is actually a 97 access file. Thus, I'm thinking it's more likely that the problem is a compatibility issue between 97 and 2003. As I mentioned before, the database file is on a network share, so I'm hesitant to tamper with the file directly.
       Is there some hotfix to make a 97 database readable to 2003? My Google searches have turned up nothing helpful.

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jmoss111 earned 2000 total points
ID: 21867087
Why don't you copy to location locally, and then try to open, just to ensure that nobody has a connection. Actually, Access 2000/2003 should offer to convert it for you.

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