Can't open file - MS Office Accounting 2008

Discussion in 'Accounting Software' started by sjohnson, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. sjohnson

    sjohnson

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    We spent a few full days inputting data into Microsoft Office Accounting 2008. My husband clicked the "upgrade" button to see about upgrading (not realizing at the time that the product has been discontinued). After that, he wasn't able to open the file anymore. I have read that once you upgrade, you can no longer open the file in the previous version. However, he didn't actually upgrade, so I don't understand why it won't open. Here is the error message he gets:

    Microsoft Office Accounting 2008
    Couldn't read database name or server name from the company file. Please make sure it is a valid company file.

    Any insight or hope of retrieving our data?

    Thanks.
     
    sjohnson, Aug 25, 2011
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    btortega27

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    Have you tried purchasing the program?
     
    btortega27, Sep 19, 2011
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    spid3r1987

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    right click your SBC file, open with notepad
    make sure it has the correct server name and sql instance.
     
    spid3r1987, Jan 31, 2012
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    larrypaul

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    It might be coorupt/pirated version. Try buying or purchasing the full version into it..
     
    larrypaul, Jan 6, 2015
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    Samir VIP Member

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    It sounds like it should be recoverable. If it's a lot of data, you could use a service to recover it. Otherwise, you can just re-enter everything.
     
    Samir, Jan 6, 2015
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