Finish date of a project plan may change in Project 2003

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Problem description
When a project manager selects Sync to Protected Actuals after you process the updates that are submitted by resources, the Finish date of the project may change by several days.

To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. To fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.
Steps to solve the problem
  1. Apply the service pack or hotfix.

    Service pack informationThis problem was first corrected in Project 2003 Service Pack 1.
    To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Project 2003. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    873459 How to obtain the latest service pack for Project 2003

    Hotfix information

    How to obtain the hotfix

    This issue is fixed in the Microsoft Office Project 2003 Hotfix Package that is dated April 1, 2004. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    839631 Microsoft Office Project 2003 hotfix package: April 1, 2004
    After you install this hotfix, follow the steps that are listed in the "More Information" section of this article to set the UpdatedSyncActuals registry key and to activate the hotfix.
  2. Enable the hotfix.

    Fix it for me

    To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix itbutton or link. Click Runin the File Downloaddialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

    Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

    Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

    Next, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

    Let me fix it myself

    Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    To activate this hotfix, follow these steps:
    1. Quit Project 2003.
    2. Click Start, and then click Run.
    3. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    4. Locate, and then click to select the following registry key:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\MS Project
    5. After you select the key that is specified in step 4, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click DWORD Value.
    6. Type UpdatedSyncActuals, and then press ENTER.
    7. Right-click UpdatedSyncActuals, and then click Modify.
    8. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
    9. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.

Did this fix the problem?
Check whether the problem is fixed by checking the Finish date of a project plan. If the date is correct the problem is fixed and you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
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Article ID: 839632 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 06:50:37 - Revision: 6.0

Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003, Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003

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