Project can not open the file error

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Project can not open the file error

Postby U3VuS2luZw » Sun, 25 May 2008 22:32:00 GMT

Help! Over the last two days I have been adding task to a my project plan, 
saving, closing, opening all without issue. That is up until yesterday I went 
to open my file and Project gives me the error "Project can not open the 
file". I'm using the standalone (non server) MS Project Professional 2003. I 
am able to open other project files that I created as well. Nothing special 
about the file I can not open, no links, imports, or anything else, just 400 
plus task, that will be difficult but no impossible to redo.  I am wondering 
if anyone else has come across this error and maybe found a trick or two I 
can try to recover my Project file.  The MS Project version is our corporate 
and they do not provide any service packs and I see that there maybe 3 
service packs availble.. not sure if those will help since the other files 
open fine. All suggestions welcome....

Many thanks in advance... 

Re: Project can not open the file error

Postby JulieS » Sun, 25 May 2008 22:45:33 GMT

Hi SunKing,

I don't have any guaranteed ways but here's a suggestion or two:

Try opening the file through the operating system.  Navigate to the 
file in the directory structure.

Try creating a new file and then inserting the problem file into the 
new one.  See if deselecting the "link to file" option helps.

If the file has been saved on a file server, see if the IT folk have a 
backup that you could use.

I do also strongly suggest working with your IT staff and getting 
those service releases (at least through SP-2) installed.

I hope this helps.  Let us know how you get along.

Project MVP

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Re: Project can not open the file error

Postby Mike Glen » Sun, 25 May 2008 23:43:57 GMT

Hi SunKing,

Further to Julie's helpful comments, if you do manage to get it up and 
running, you might well have a corrupt file. If you suspect a corrupt file, 
you could try the suggestions in FAQ Item: 43. Handling project file 
corruption and/or bloat.

FAQs, companion products and other useful Project information can be seen at 
this web address: http://www.**--****.com/ 

Hope this helps - please let us know how you get on :-)

Mike Glen
Project MVP

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