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I need a way to open Project 2007 files in Project 2003.  I have SP3 installed but Project will not open these files.  Is there another way to be able to utilize these files without have to upgrade?
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by:leopolde
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What message do you get when you open the Project 2007 files in Project 2003 SP3?

Do you know if the files are the files password protected?

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by:commeng
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No the files are not password protected.  

I receive a screen that states "This file was created by a newer version of Mircosoft Project and a converter is needed to open it.  Do you want to download the converter from the Microsoft Office Web Site?"

When I click yes:

It takes me to SP3 for Project which is already installed.  I tell it to reinstall and it does.  When I try and open a project file again, the same message appears.
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Have you checked in the Help -> About menu command if indeed the SP3 is installing correctly?
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by:commeng
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Yes and I have completely removed project and then reapplied the service pack, but the result is the same.
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by:hrishikeshd
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Original file should be saved as Microsoft Project 2000-2003(*.mpp)
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by:commeng
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So there is no way to convert a 2007 file to 2010
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Have you tried with several files to ensure it's not a problem of one in particular being  corrupted?

Can the file in question still be opened in Project 2007?

What happens if you try to INSERT the file in a blank project instead of directly opening it?

What form of communication are you using to copy the file?  A file server?  SharePoint?
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by:hrishikeshd
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If you want to then you need to open the 2007 file in 2010 and save  it with default file format.
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by:Inteqam
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wait
there is a compatibility package to enable that for word and others, not sure for project.

but there are project viewers

see
http://www.projectreader.com/
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by:hrishikeshd
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Thats good to know. I was thinking about solution from Microsoft.
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nothing i know of.

UNLESS, if you use OpenOffice :D, which is not MS, and not sure if it supports project.

try the free http://openproj.org/openproj
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Sorry for my lack of response.  I have been in the hospital for the last week.  I am trying OpenOffice and I will let you know if it works.  Thank you
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Hope you are ok now!
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