Open MS Access with missing Workgroup file

Posted on 2009-05-05
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I have an old MS Access db, I have the password but do not have the workgroup file.

How should i open it as I need to get to the data in the tables.

Question by:nutnut
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JBlond earned 500 total points
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Have you already tried to create a new database and then point Access to the old database to import the data into the new database?

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Yes and it asks me to create an index...which I cannot do as I cannot get into it....catch 22!
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If you establish Access security in a database, Microsoft               recommends that you store a backup copy of the workgroup information file in a               safe location. If the file is lost or damaged, the only way to recover the               workgroup information file quickly is to restore the file from a backup copy.               If you do not have a backup copy, you must re-create the User and Group               Accounts with the same Personal IDs that were originally assigned. If the new               workgroup information file is not created exactly as the original file, you               will not be able to open the database with the workgroup file.

Maybe you can recover the file from the original location?!

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I do not have anything accept the mdb file
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Please click on 'Request Attention' and request to add this question to the MS Access-zone. Maybe one of the experts there knows a solution.

I'm not that experienced with Access to say for sure if it's possible to recover the data or not.

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Thanks for all your help so far
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If you don't have the workgroup file that the DB was secured with, nor the information it was created with (so you can create another), then I'm afraid we can't help you here as the EE member agreement does not allow assists in cracking product security.
A quick internet search will give you options on tools you can use to get at the data.
I am assuming that you have tried to open the DB and getting some type of permission denied error.  If not, try that.  If your getting some other type of error, then the DB may be corrupt and you'll need a different copy from backup or need to use a recovery service (again, an Internet search will turn up many).

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I am getting the error

"The Current user account doesn't have permissinon to convert or enable this database"

It is a db create in MS Access 97 and I am trying to open on MS access 2007

Any ideas on what is wrong please
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 The DB was secured.  You need to use the workgroup file it was secured with.

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