Microsoft Access 2013

I had a version of MS Access 2010 on my PC; I tried to open it today, it says it's expired.

Is MS Access 2013 fully backward compatible with older versions?

The database I have inherited is probably 10 - 15 years old.

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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
<I had a version of MS Access 2010 on my PC; I tried to open it today, it says it's expired.>
Then it seems like your version was a Trial version...
There should be a method for you to actually purchase the version after the trial ends...

<Is MS Access 2013 fully backward compatible with older versions?>
Yes and No...
If the database you have now is 10-15 years old, then it is perhaps Access 2003, ...which is the .mdb format.

Access 2013 can open these files...
*However* there are know issues with modifying an .mdb file in Access 2013, where you cannot open it in a previous version of Access.
(You may have to create a new blank .mdb file and import all of the objects into it)

Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Did not mean to confuse you...

You can always open a .mdb file in Access 2013 with no problem at all.

This issue comes when you modify the database with any Access 2013 specific features.
But even these issue might not really be cause for concern because most people have upgraded to Access 2007 or higher...

Bottom line?
I don't think you will have any problems.


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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPDesigner and DeveloperCommented:
If all you are needing to do is "run" the database and enter/view  data and/or run reports (no object design changes)   you may be able to use the free Access Runtime version from Microsoft.

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Richard KortsAuthor Commented:
Look for my next question.
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