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Problem Converting Access 2003 to 2007

Posted on 2010-11-08
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I have an mdb that I need to convert to an accdb. I can open the mdb fine, but then when I click the pizza, "Save As" is grayed out. It can select that option, but when I do, the Access 2007 option is also grayed out, and I cannot click on it.
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by:rogerard
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Goto File -> save and publish -> save database As -> Access Database (*.accdb)
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by:Rey Obrero
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Office Button (pizza ;-)) > manage > save as .accdb
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by:DataCollab
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Not sure what you mean by "Goto File". If you just mean open the file, I am doing that. But I do not see any option "Save and Publish". I just have "Save" and "Save As" which, as I mentioned above, is grayed out.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Are you 100% positive that it is an Access .mdb file?
You will get the issue you state when try to convert an MDE file (or an MDE file that has been renamed with a .mdb extension)

Can you open a form or report in design view?
If not, then this is probably an MDE file and you cannot convert it to an accdb file.

You will have to find the original mdb file on which the mde file is based, and convert that to an accdb file.

JeffCoachman
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by:DataCollab
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Capricorn, my only options at Office Button-->Manage are Compact and Repair, Backup, and Database Properties.

Here is something that might be relevant. An ancestor of this database was used in replication. However, if I do the command "Recover Replication Master", Access crashes, and continues crashing everytime a line of VBA script executes, until I reboot.
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by:DataCollab
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Boag, I can open forms and reports in design view. Nice idea, but the answer this time.
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by:Rey Obrero
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sorry about that

office button > save as,

but  you said it is greyed out..

try this,  open the db while holding the db


then try if the Save as is still greyed out
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by:rogerard
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On my home system, I have office 2007, (sorry I answered for 2010 earlier), I opened an older .mdb and like you, the save and save as are greyed out.  However, there is an option for 'convert'.  When I select it, a save as window pops up and the new database defaults to .accdb and doesn't provide an option for anything else.  I believe this is what you're looking for.
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DataCollab,

Can you just post a sample of this database that exhibits this issue.

This will save us our valuable time from guessing.
Sound fair?
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by:DataCollab
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This database contains info which, while not confidential, is not something that I feel comfortable posting for the whole world to see (it is students enrolled in schools in Liberia). I will post a copy online, and if any of you would like  to see it, just email me at eric@dataCollaborative.com and I will send you the url.
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by:DataCollab
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I am going to punt on this. I just moved all the objects over to an accdb file (moving is much easier with Access 2007, I find), recompiled and everything is fine.  However I will distribute points to Boag and Capricorn who helped me pound away at this. And thanks to other folks as well.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Remember, I requested a "sample"
You can change the field names, and the data contained within.
All I needed was a sample that simulates your issue.

JeffCoachman
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