Convert Access 97 .mdb file to .accdb file

Very annoyingly, according to the official Microsoft docs the only way to convert an old .mdb file is to open it in Access 2003.

See section titled "Convert an Access 97 database to the .accdb format".

Nice, but I don't have Access 2003. A crisp twenty to the first person who has a copy of Access 2003 handy and can convert the file!  I think the file is Access 97, but could be 2000. Don't think that matters.
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Craig YellickDatabase ArchitectAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Get a copy of Office 2003 Professional on eBay. These are easily come by. Check the licensing is valid, obtain the copy and convert.
Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
If you're offering money you need to put this in  Gig.

I'm not sure if this goes against the terms of service for this site, but I wouldn't take a chance.

Or get one on's one for $11.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
you can also convert Access 97 databases with Access 2007
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Craig YellickDatabase ArchitectAuthor Commented:
I tried making it a gig but the minimum gig amount is $50, and that's a pretty steep for five minutes of effort.

I could buy a copy by that'll take way longer than finding someone with a copy handy.
Eric ShermanAccountant/DeveloperCommented:
If you can't find a copy of Office 2003 on eBay ... I have a copy and can convert the file for you.  Just contact me using the information in my Profile.


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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
If you plan to move it to an accdb, better to go directly to 2007 ...
Craig YellickDatabase ArchitectAuthor Commented:
The Microsoft docs don't mention anything about using Access 2007, but that's moot as I don't have any older version of Access around.
Craig YellickDatabase ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thanks, etsherman. That's exactly what I was hoping. Someone with Access 2003 at hand.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
going from 97 to 2003 and then to accdb can cause issues that don't happen if you go from 97-2007.
Craig YellickDatabase ArchitectAuthor Commented:
It's a super simple little database documentation utility I wrote a long time ago. Doubt it will have any conversion issues. It'll end up as an Access 2016 utility.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
it does not have to do with conversion issues -- it is all the new properties that have been added that 97  didn't have. All I am saying is that if the goal is accdb, then 2007 is a better mid-point for less fixing and smoother sailing down the road.
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Send it along and I'll convert it for you.

 e-mail address is in my prfile (click on my picture).

Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Here's the e-mail (kind of hard to find since EE changed the profiles):


Craig YellickDatabase ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the offer, Jim, but etsherman already has the file.
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, AccessRemote Training and ProgrammingCommented:
perhaps this is an opportunity to compare what happens to the 2 conversions once they are an accdb since Jim would probably do it for you free if you let us know ;) ~
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
<<Thanks for the offer, Jim, but etsherman already has the file.>>

 Sorry, I missed that comment and I thought you were being told to get 2003 on e-bay.

 I have everything from A97 up through A2013 loaded and could install A2 or A95 if need be (yeah I'm a bit of a pack rat<g>).

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