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"The Microsoft Office Access database engine cannot read the data....." error in Excel 2013

Posted on 2014-09-21
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"The Microsoft Office Access database engine cannot read the data in tblABCD. The minimum required version to read the data is 14.0.0000.0000".

I've seen other people having this issue when attempting to open a >2010 file in 2007. This problem is arising when opening a 2013 file in 2013 on another PC... ie like with like.  I've tried this on several PCs and only had the issue on one particular PC.

Created using version: 15.0.4649.1001
Error on opening using version: 15.0.4649.1003


Anyone have any thoughts?
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1.  Does the affected PC have more than one version of Access installed?  If that is the case, open the version of Access (2013) first, then try to open the file from there rather than simply double-clicking on the file name.

2.  Does this only happen with this one file?
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I've tried this on several PCs and only had the issue on one particular PC.
That would mean it's environmental - i.e. that "one particular PC" has a problem.

Generally that would be troubles with the installation of Access/Office and/or Windows. Make sure all of those are fully up to date. In some cases, a repair or reinstall of Office/Access would be in order.

Could also be troubles with the user profile on that machine. Try logging into the machine with a different username and password. If the troubles go away, then the user profile is at fault and you'd have to recreate it.
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Turned out to be a 2007 Runtime version lurking in the background.
Uninstalled and problem fixed.

Opening the accdb file from explorer was launching 2007.
File opened fine from File>Open in 2013.

Simple solution!
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