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MS Access 2003 MDB Queries cannot be deleted in Access 2010

Posted on 2014-04-17
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Hi,

I have a 2003 mdb file that has worked OK for years.  Client upgraded to 2010.  They can create queries, rename queries but the delete option is grayed out and the delete button does not work.  The mdb is in a trusted location.

I can open the same mdb in version 2007 or 2003 and queries can be deleted.

Any suggestions?

Bill
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Is your database workgroup secured (with a .MDW file)?

If so, try this:

1.  Enter the username and password to an account with admin privileges
2.  Under User and Group accounts, clear the password for the Admin user (the actual Admin account, not just any user with admin privileges)

Close and reopen the database.  

Is the delete option available now?

(You can reset the password for the Admin user at this point and you should still be be to delete queries and other objects)
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by:Dennis Aries
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It has happened before that certain actions cannot longer be done in newer versions of access.
Although this specific problem hasn't been observed by myself, you can always use SQL to delete a query.

DROP TABLE <queryname>

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by:PatHartman
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Are you sure the .mdb is from A2003?  Could it have been created in an earlier version that A2010 will not update?  Can other objects be changed/deleted?
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by:Bill Ross
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Hi All,

The database is 2003 format but it might have been converted.  I'm checking with the client this weekend.  I'll keep you posted.

Thanks,

Bill
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by:Bill Ross
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That was the issue.  Thanks!
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