Ora-00704,Ora-39700: Database Must Be Opened With Upgrade Option

(Doc ID 1349722.1)

Last updated on JUNE 02, 2017

Applies to:

Oracle Database - Standard Edition - Version to [Release 10.2 to 12.1]
Oracle Database - Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 10.2 to 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
***Checked for relevance on 12-Mar-2013***


While opening a database, the following errors are observed in the alert log

ORA-00704: bootstrap process failure
ORA-39700: database must be opened with UPGRADE option

The following is observed in the sqlplus session


The database was recently upgraded  from to


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