Determine Version of Microsoft Project Plan File

Found a quick way to determine the version of Microsoft Project Plan files (.MPP). The information is available at Microsoft’s site directly: Click Here

Here’s the batch script (requires strings executable which can be downloaded here):

@ECHO OFF
REM  Version.bat
ECHO Filename: %1
ECHO.
ECHO -- CHECK FOR PROJECT VERSION --
strings %1 | findstr "[0-9],.,....,...." 2>NUL
ECHO Check the following list for the first one or two digits of the string above (xx,.,....,....)
ECHO List of xx (Product Name): 8 (98), 9 (2000), 10 (2002), 11 (2003), 12 (2007), 14 (2010)
ECHO.
ECHO -- CHECK FOR MPP FILE VERSION --
strings %1 | findstr ".MPP" 2>NUL
ECHO Check the following list for the digit(s) at the end of the string above (...MPPxx)
ECHO List of xx (Product Name): 8 (98), 9 (2000/2002/2003), 12 (2007), 14 (2010)
ECHO.
PAUSE

Here’s an overview of project file compatibility with versions.

WHICH PROJECT VERSION ARE YOU USING?WHICH FILE VERSION ARE YOU TRYING TO OPEN?NOTES
Project 2007Project 2010No converter is available. If you received a Project 2010 file that you want to open using Project 2007, ask the person who sent the file to first save it to the Project 2007 file format.

Alternately, you can install the free trial version of Project 2010, and then view the file, or save it to the Project 2007 file.

Note Once the trial version of Project 2010 has expired, it can continue to open and view project files, but it won’t be able to save them.

Project 2003Project 2007There are two possibilities here.

  • If you are using Project 2003 with SP3, project files from Project 2007 can be opened read-only. Download Microsoft Office Project 2003 Service Pack 3.
  • If you are using Project 2003 without SP3, there is no converter available. Upgrade to Project 2003 with SP3, or ask the person who sent the Project 2007 or later file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
Project 2003Project 2010No converter is available. Ask the person who sent the Project 2010 file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
Project 2000 or Project 2002Project 2007 or Project 2010No converter is available. Ask the person who sent the Project 2007 or later file to save the file first in the Project 2000-2003 file format.
Project 98Project 2000 and later versionsNo converter is available. Consider upgrading to the latest version of Project, or install the free trial version of Project 2010 to try out Project’s enhanced functionality.

Alternately, ask the person who sent the Project 2000-2003 file to save the file first in the Project 98 file format.

Note Project 2007 and later versions of Project do not have the ability to save to the Project 98 file format.”

How do I tell which version am I currently using?

  • For Project versions 98 through Project 2007, click the Help menu, and then click About Microsoft Office Project.
  • For Project version 2010, click the File tab, then click Help.

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