forms created in Access 97/ Access 2000 / Access 2003 moving to Access 2016

Do I need to re-create forms from scratch that were originally created in Access 97/ Access 2000 / Access 2003?  
Can I import the form into the new accdb just redo the code behind the forms (and modules) (lots of code / very complicated application)
If the answer is re-create - please explain WHY.

I built the application 20 years ago to do complete accounting, invoicing, etc for a catering company that wasn't that big at the time.  Now they are big and I'm moving it to a SQL Server backend, but I would prefer just to change the code and such on the forms (also and some fields) and not recreate 100 plus forms.  I am using Access 2010 to build the application even though it will be installed in an Access 2016 environment.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Believe it or not, you should be fine for the most part, but it really depends on what’s in the forms.

Short answer is just try it.   Make sure your app compiles and the db is in Jet 4.0 format.

I’d pull it into a2000/a2003 first, then jump to 2010

Make sure it compiles in a2000/a2003 as well.

Be aware that A2010 is the last ‘full’ version of Access.   2013 depreciated a number of features, and the one that will impact you probably is the removal of the command bars and you’ll need to live with the ribbon.


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In addition to Jim’s comments, when you initially open your database in Access 2010, it will open in .mdb format.  If you want to take advantage of options specific to newer versions of Access, use the Save As option to save the database in .accdb format.
LJGAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info!

I am using the ribbon (even one tab of my own) and for programming the quick Access toolbar.
I am using accdb connected to SQL Server.
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LJGAuthor Commented:
LJGAuthor Commented:
Sorry - somehow I clicked the wrong button

The points should go to Jim Dettman
Let me see what I can do.
Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Your forms should be fine then.    A2007 and up are a little bit more picky about some syntax.   But if you compile cleanly first before converting/importing, then again afterwards, you'll catch everything.

 Can't stress enough thought that you want a clean compile (no errors) before hand.

and no worries on the points.

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