Can't open MS Project File RRS feed

  • Question

  • I got the following error message: "Project cannot open the file.

    Project files saved in a version earlier than MS Project 98 can't be opened...."

    I get the same error message when I try to open the file in MSP 2003 and MSP 2007.

    Has anyone get any ideas what has happened to this file?

    Many thanks.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:18 PM


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  • First I would check that you connection string is properly set.  I do this by open PWA from a browser to make sure it is valid and then copy the link and paste into connection string.   Copy from http: and end at PWA.  Basically you should copied something  that looks like http://myservername/PWA

    If that doesn't fix, then I would uninstall project, reboot and then install project client again.



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    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:16 PM
  • This can be an issue due to file corruption. You can try the following

    1. Try to open the project by turning calculation to Off in Project professional

    2. Or Insert this project as a Sub Project in a new project

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    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:13 PM
  • Reads like a corruption. Was the file connected to a resource pool or master plan or linked to other files in any way?

    Also take a look at- http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/project/403-%E2%80%8Bproject-2003-project-cannot-open-the-file

    I don't think there is anything that can be done to recover it if the file can't be opened. If you do manage to open it, immediately save it as a .xml file (File, Save as, File type xml) then re-open from xml and save as .mpp again. As xml is a text format, any binary corruption should get left behind.

    Third party solution Project Recovery Kit

    Is available here: http://www.all-recovery-inc.com/#!/mpprecoverytool
    • Marked as answer by GerrittGartner Thursday, October 30, 2014 2:00 AM
    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:30 PM