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"Unrecognized database format" error while trying to import Access 2010 file into SQL Server 2005

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I need to import an Access 2010 database file into SQL Server 2005.  I am trying to use the import data wizard.  

I get the following error:

The operation could not be completed.

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Unrecognized database format 'C:\CEO\Contacts.mdb'
(Microsoft JET Database Engine)
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For a MS Access 2010 database you should use the "Microsoft Office 12.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider".Jet Engine Providers were for older version.
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I won't be able to go back to SQL Server 2005 until tonight but, will I have that "Microsoft Office 12.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider" available in 2005?  I'm running MS SQL Server on Windows 2003.  Is there an install I should do to make that available?

TIA
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You can connect an Access project to a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 database by using Microsoft Access 2000, Access 2002, Access 2003, and Access 2007. However, when you use Access 2000, Access 2002, or Access 2003 to connect to SQL Server 2005, you cannot make design changes to SQL Server objects, and some features of SQL Server 2005 may not work correctly. To obtain full functionality when connecting an Access project to SQL Server 2005, connect by using Access 2007 or later.

 Note   If you are connecting to a named instance of a SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005 server, your Access project client computer must have Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) version 2.71 or later installed. You can install MDAC 2.71 by installing Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Personal Desktop Edition from the \MSDE2000 folder on the Microsoft Office 2003 CD-ROM.

Ref:- http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/connect-an-access-project-to-a-microsoft-sql-server-database-adp-HP005274586.aspx
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by:dneill8
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I am hoping to import the table and its contents into MS SQL Server 2005.  I was hoping to avoid having a linked server / datasource type of arrangement.  Is there any way I can do this with MSSS 2005 and Access 2010?
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For importing too, you need to have linked server.
If bcp out runs for access(which I am not sure of) , you can bcp out the rows and bulk insert into the sql server table.
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Sorry to make this go on forever but, I don't have Office 2010 installed on the Windows Server 2003 server.  Might there be a way I can just install that "Microsoft Office 12.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider" component on the Windows 2003 Server and thus have that available as an option when I go through the Import wizard from within SQL Server 2005 Management Studio?
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