ms access how to use dbase files in access after ms stops support in access 2k10?

I have numerous dbase legacy systems that go back decades and could not be re-done, practically. does any one know of any third party or freeware utilities to work around this issue?
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
The only work around I've seen is to install SQL 32 bit, then using the VFP drivers, create a linked server to the dbase files with SQL.

Time to move that data!


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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
If you use Access 2007, you will still be able to use the old database formats.  Better, however, as Jim suggested, to move the data ~ and the logic.
I am linking to FoxPro from A2013.  I'm pretty sure it works because the old drivers were there from a previous A2010 install.  It sure surprised me when the links continued to work.

You can try to use ODBC to connect rather than the former method which listed dbf's as a separate option.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Adding on to Pat's two points a bit:

1. You can try installing the A2010 Redistributable, which should give you the drivers:

Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable

2. You can use any ODBC driver and work with it that way; doesn't have to be Microsoft's.  Not aware of any off-hand, but there's probably some out there (although many did rely on the Access drivers).

Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
What is your ultimate need here?
What is your current system is structured to do?

Are you saying that you are no longer using the dbase environment?
If this is the case, then keeping the data in the dbase format is going to hold you back.
No workaround or third part app will be 100% feature compatible.  All that will do is add another layer of complexity between your data and your UI/functionality.
If you are already linking to Access, ...then what's stopping you from migrating the data to: Access, SQL, or MySQL?

I have numerous dbase legacy systems that go back decades and could not be re-done, practically.
Define "practically".
From the Wikipedia page: states that dbase still keeps it "environment", updated.
So we also need to know if you are just linking into a legacy system (with static data)
...or does your current system still continually "update" the old dbase system?

If you do a Google search of "Migrate dbase" will get a host of products and services that will move your data to another system.

Moving the data doesn't help if the app is still operational.  My client is still actively using a FoxPro system.  I replaced a lot of it but over the years, they cloned the basic app and made changes.  Some day, I'll incorporate those outlier apps also.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
My main client still uses Visual FoxPro 9 (VFP9) because he can write his own programs.  He runs his business and 4 web sites on it and is not likely to change anytime soon.  Some data gets converted to MySQL for the web.
jsgouldAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for the response
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