This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb).
Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
For a Microsoft Access 2002 version of this article, see 290291.
For a Microsoft Access 2000 version of this article, see 275164.
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you open a Microsoft Access 97 database by using Access 2003, the Convert/Open Database dialog box appears. You can suppress the display of the Convert/Open Database dialog box if you want to. To do this, you must add the
registry entry to the Access
subkey in the registry. This setting does not prevent conversion. This setting only prevents the initial Convert/Open Database dialog box from appearing when the database is opened.
Note Access 2003 does not display the Convert/Open Database dialog box when you open a database that is in a Microsoft Access 2000 file format.
subkey controls whether the Convert/Open Database dialog box appears. To add the
subkey, follow these steps:
WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Run.
In the Run dialog box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor window, locate the following registry key:
Note The NoConvertDialog setting is intended to suppress only the Convert/Open Database dialog box. After a registry key is added, you continue to receive the following error message:
You can't make changes to the database objects in the database '<database name>.' The database was created in an earlier version of Microsoft Office Access. To convert this database to the current version of Microsoft Office Access, close the database, point to Database utilities on the Tools menu, and then click Convert Database.
Before Access 2002 Service Pack 3 and Access 2003 Service Pack 1, the previous error message was unintentionally suppressed. To prevent the previous message from appearing, you can add a Startup form to the Access 97 database.
For more information about multiple file formats in Access 2003, click Microsoft Access Help on the Help menu, type about using an Access file with multiple versions of Access in the Search for box in the Assistance pane, and then click Start searching to view the topic.