I upgraded from 10.0 to 10.1 for a few days. Due to conflicts with other packages, i had to downgrade back to 10.0. Now I cannot open any .mxd file I opened with 10.1.

I did not create any with 10.1, they were all 10.0 mxds that ArcGIS "upgraded" for me, so it's not an issue of unsupported features.

How can I "downgrade" the mxds? 10.0's MXD Doctor can't find any layeres in the MXDs opened and saved with 10.1.

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    use the 'Save A Copy' command from the ArcMap File menu to save each map document in an older version.
    – Mapperz
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 17:16
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    @Mapperz wouldn't he have to do that from 10.1, though? He's already downgraded.
    – nmpeterson
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 17:22
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    Could you imagine the worldwide uproar that would ensue if, say, each upgrade of Word or Excel--even minor ones--produced documents unreadable by the current version? (I think this is a fair comparison because ESRI's leadership has often, over a long time, compared its software to Microsoft.)
    – whuber
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 17:46
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    you can run both on one pc - through virtual box of course.
    – Mapperz
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 19:41

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The help files for 10.1 indicate how to save a copy to previous versions which may not resolve your issue now.
The missing link issue may be related to broken paths if relative pathnames were not used.
Perhaps these can be re-established.

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    Robert may need to reinstall 10.1 long enough to save the MXDs as 10.0 versions (as linked in this answer).
    – user3461
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 17:36
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    definately will have to install 10.1 to use the saveas. and there is no side by side install allowed!!! Vote ideas.arcgis.com/ideaView?id=08730000000btA8AAI And you can also search ideas for "install version"
    – Brad Nesom
    Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 19:14
  • GeoKevin - Uninstalling/Installing is virtually an entire day. Brad - Since Arc (10.0) is "integrated" in another package (which had the conflict) I think I'm screwed until they upgrade. to 10.1, maybe in the fall. Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 0:08

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