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    Access 2000 MDE in Access 2003 (Access 2K/2003)

    I'm supporting an Access 2000 application for a customer that is bening forced to go to Office 2003. My question is what will Access 2003 do with the application's mde file that was built under Access 2000?

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    Re: Access 2000 MDE in Access 2003 (Access 2K/2003)

    Access 2003 should run the '2000 MDE without conversion or modification. Standard references should be updated automatically <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>. Only if you have non-standard references, you might run into problems.

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    Re: Access 2000 MDE in Access 2003 (Access 2K/2003)

    I think you are correct - the issue of non-standard references is real - if you are using any ActiveX components for example, then you are likely to have problems with them. That is why we have three different versions of the file you downloaded a couple of weeks ago. I'll double check with Kevin and post back if he has further or different information.
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    Re: Access 2000 MDE in Access 2003 (Access 2K/2003)

    After talking with Kevin, he pointed out another possible hitch if you are using any Automation. For example, a mail merge being driven from Access requires a reference to the Word 9 object model. In that case, it's not clear whether Access 2003 would be smart enough to substitute the correct Word 11 reference. The bottom line is that you should probably do some testing and see what happens.
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    Re: Access 2000 MDE in Access 2003 (Access 2K/2003)

    My experience has been that the later versions of Access and Windows are NOT smart enough to resolve references in MDEs, although I admit I haven't tried it in 2003.
    Charlotte

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