Don't try and convert the data part, just leave it as access 97. what you do
is split the database (do this in a97).
You then wind up with two parts, the data part (you leave in a97), and the
application part. You simply convert the application part to a2003, and give
that to a2003 users. You give a a97 application part to a97 users, and they
both can happy use the same data.
If you are new to splitting, then you can read the following :
Even after you get eveyone on a2003, you need to split if you plan to use
this data in multi-user mode anyway...
Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP)
Edmonton, Alberta Canada