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  1. New Lounger
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    I use Quicken 2000 on Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit. Just had to tweak some compatability settings.

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    I am also using Quicken 2002 on Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium, and have been for over a year without any problems (bar an inability to print to an old printer not supported by W7). Installation and operation all worked fine without any specific adjustments.

    My backups and switches of files (I have several sets) all work fine since I just copy the whole file group for the account concerned. I no longer use the built in backup but use Acronis or move/copy the files with Windows Explorer.

    As for the comment about being exposed without support, I am not sure that is any loss, given the total lack of support Intuit gave me when Quicken started calculating incorrect VAT liability. Luckily I picked that up before HMRC creamed me.

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    Quicken works on a 3-year cycle. After 3 years, "certain functions" do not work. That way they keep you spending money. Thank goodness most other applications don"t follow this path.

  4. New Lounger
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    Just to confirm other people's - I've got Quicken 2004 (actually - the help says Quicken XG 2004 UK Edition, release R2) running on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1. According to my notes, to install it, I needed to run the installation (a) as an admin and (b) in WinXP SP3 mode.

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    Unhappy

    Although I don't have records of precisely when I converted from the over user-friendly Microsoft Money, I have records of all my financial transactions since 1994, but I'm not sure how many were converted from Money. I upgraded Quicken occasionally, when it seemed a good idea, but boggled when Quicken 2001 required one to update every year, at who knows what cost. So Quicken 2001 is still on the shelf and I'm still using Quicken 2000.

    This had an interesting consequence in 2007, when my bank ceased to provide downloadable transaction files (OFX) in Quicken 2000 format. Users from that time may remember that the original Quicken had its debits & credits the wrong way round, and I was faced with a problem. At that point I learned my first programming since APL in about 1980, and found out enough about Python to write a little program to change the format of credit card transactions.

    This has enabled me continue using Quicken 2000 (under WinXP SP3), in a fairly simple-minded way to this day. I daren't think what would happen if I tried any later OS - I haven't tried it on my Vista laptop.

    I sometimes feel a twinge of anxiety at the size of the data files: I seem to remember Quicken complaining about space, but can't remember how I got past that. I have diligently extracted transaction from time to time and put them in a MySQL database, but that doesn't seem to reduce them as much as you might expect. It does, however, make searching of past transactions a bit more flexible, if in a rather ill-designed language.

    I've looked at both GnuCash and jGnash some years ago, couldn't get to like either of them at the time. Same goes for Accountz, a UK package I looked at when it first appeared, but I didn't feel like being a test installation.

    So I seem to be stuck with Quicken, which has started mismatching more downloaded transactions than it used to, and doesn't provide a simple way of backtracking on simple user errors.

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    Well, chris b, you do take me back. After I retired I used Quicken for my personal accounts. Introduced it to my golf club when I became Treasurer and loved it until I discovered a flaw in the VAT system. Can't remember the details now, but Intuit refused to correct the problem since 'nobody else had it'. After trying alternatives I swallowed my pride and transferred to Quickbooks, another Intuit package, which was much more expensive, but proved ideal and flexible. Introduced it to other organisations where it proved very popular with the treasurers and auditors.

    Sorry Loungers, this is nostalgia not constructive comment.

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    Quicken 2004 on Win 8

    In reply to Vaughan65 --
    I'm in the US, and have been running Quicken 2004 on Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out. No problems so far.

  8. New Lounger
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    For my own edification, since UK pounds are now decimal and our dollar has always been, other than Quicken calling the currency you're using a dollar, what are the problems using the US version in the UK?

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    Like all posted so far i too have Quicken 2004 and managed somehow to get it to run on Windows 7 Professional 64bit, but i have never been able to get it to do a year end copy back up or the one that clears the rest and leaves just the current year. i was hoping when seeing the Dll registrations above that it would finally now work. but it goes through the motions and still comes up with file not copied at the end, has anyone successfully got that part of quicken 2004 to work successfully.

    I to have tried to find alternatives but nothing is a patch on Quicken 2004 for ease of use, decent interface etc

  10. New Lounger
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    I started using Quicken in the '90s. Then switched to MS Money. It was superb. I wish Microsoft never dumped it! I am now on Quiken 2011 and I have trouble with reconciling accounts. It doesn't handle investment puts and calls transactions nearly as well as MS Money did. Oh well.

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    Oakdale - my largest file set is 22.6MB and I have not had a file size problem yet, in case that makes you feel any better.

    acbeaton - at least you got a reply out of Intuit on your VAT issue, even if it was a lie. I could not even get that! In the end I stuck with Quicken, rewrote the VAT reports to make them work properly, and checked everything manually. After all that grief, it was against my religion to give them more money for Quickbooks. For charity work I have used TAS or MYOB, but not SAGE.


    Chris

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    How to get Quicken personal accounts software in the UK

    Intuit, the developer of the excellent Quicken personal accounting software, quit the UK market several years ago. Microsoft has also discontinued the UK version of Money, so, now that the old UK versions won't work in Windows 7, that leaves the UK lacking in the best personal accounting software.

    Fortunately, there is a solution - you can visit amazon.com, the US amazon site, and purchase the latest US version of Quicken Deluxe, which is easy to configure so that it uses the British pound as its currency. The Americanisms, such as using 'check' instead of 'cheque', aren't a problem.
    This is the click path to follow in the program itself to achieve that - Edit => Preferences => Quicken Program => Calendar and Currencies. Tick the box described as Multicurrency Support, then click on Tools in the menu bar, select Currency List, select UK Pound Sterling in the list and click Home and OK. This makes the program use the pound as its currency.
    When you register the program, remember to disable the registration prompt, because a US address is required. To do that, hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys, click on the Tools menu and select One Step Update. When setting up new accounts in the program, check the Advanced Setup at the top of the first box and select the 'manual entry' to avoid problems. The US version of Quicken won't be able to restore a backup of your previous Quicken data, so you'll have to set it up anew.
    Quicken 2011 and other versions no longer launch

    November 20, 2011. - Many Quicken users are reporting that it is no longer launching. Apparently there are plenty of users offering help on the web that is useless. Here is some advice that helps many users.
    Right-click the Quicken icon and click Properties. Run as Administrator must be enabled on the General tab. Enable Run this program in compatibility mode on the Compatibility tab and then select Windows XP.
    Apparently a necessary Quicken file - qwutilnet.dll - is being treated as a virus by some virus scanners. Checking your scanner's logs should reveal if this is the case. If necessary, restore that .dll by conducting a search for it on the web.

    Source: http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Software.htm#quicken

  13. New Lounger
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    I spend the winter in Florida and, therefore, used Quicken 2002’s multi-currency feature to keep track of bank accounts and credit cards in both UK and US currencies. I was running this quite happily on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, as an administrator and in XP compatibility mode, until early February 2012.

    For no reason that I could discern, Q2002 then refused to open my file. I had backups and several previous generations of the files, but none were acceptable. So I decided that it was time to bite the bullet and get myself up to date.

    I 'chatted' to a Quicken agent online about upgrading my Q2002 (UK) to Q2012 (US) and converting my data. I was told that would be easily achieved so I purchased Q2012 at a 50% discount - using a link from the chat agent.

    Subsequently I encountered problems moving my data to Q2012 and had to try a free copy of Q2004 as an intermediate conversion tool.

    After over 70 minutes on another 'chat' session the agent decided that Quicken/Intuit could not convert my data – not because it was from Q2002, but because it was from a UK version!

    I accepted that reluctantly and obtained a refund. But I do not give up that easily!

    It appeared that Q2002 was ‘broken’ and, because it was unsupported, Quicken would not even discuss what might have happened. So I either had to find a way to fix that by researching on the web or find a way to convert the data.

    I decided that the former was a dead end and that I should concentrate on the latter.

    So, my choices for using Q2012 seemed to be between:
    • starting afresh with empty files and accepting that reconciling bank accounts and credit cards would be tricky for a few months
    • finding a semi-manual way to convert the data in my current files (which covered 31/12/2010 onwards).

    After 7 days of trying various approaches I finally managed to get my data from Q2002 UK to Q2012 US via Q2004 US. I used the QIF export facility and a lot of manual effort and cross-checking to ensure that the accounts were accurate in Q2012. I also had to manually re-enter the scheduled transactions and my memorized reports, but my categories were preserved.

    Of course, the US version is not suitable if you want to use pre-defined categories for the UK tax line items, but I do not use Quicken for that purpose. My life as a pensioner is simple as far as tax is concerned, so I do not have to complete annual returns anymore.

    I then sent Quicken another email, via their web form system, outlining the above situation and ending with:

    “So, the point of this 'email' is two-fold:
    1. To let you know that the conversion IS possible, but it is very time-consuming and frustrating.
    2. To offer to pay for Q2012 (at the discounted rate previously offered) now that I am able to use it. (Although I hope that you might want to offer some compensation for my perseverance and dedication to using Quicken!)

    I am still dismayed that a company of your size did not provide an easy upgrade path for the thousands of non-US users of the Quicken program.

    P.S. I have also noticed that, although I have received my refund, I can still use the Q2012 that I have downloaded. I even appear to be able to register it and download it again if I wanted. This demonstrates my honesty in offering to pay as soon as I had established that I could make use of the program.

    Please let me know what is decided and if you need my credit card details again.”


    I have not heard anything, but I am still using Q2012 and was recently notified of the availability of Q2013 at a reduced subscriber price.

    The bottom line is that, although I now have a modern version of Quicken running on the latest Windows operating system (but Q2013 is now out and W8 is only 6 days away), I have archive files of data from years prior to 2011 that I probably cannot access without a great deal of effort. I have not had any need to try that yet and so have concentrated on more important things.

    I hope that this helps some of the other UK Quicken users.

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    Be careful with using the US version and getting it to read old UK data files. I had this problem and it corrupted dates on the records it read in, confuled no doubt by the d/m/y - m/d/y formats. I ended up manually editing dates on a few hundred records. Maybe there is a better way but Intuit were no help
    David P - The Truth Is In Redmond

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC Zorkoff View Post
    A possible way to finesse the program is to create a new account in a separate folder with the name you want to use. This will cause Quicken to create the correct set of files. Then copy over this set with your old files and try Quicken again to see if it will open the replaced file set.

    I hope this helps.
    Thank you for saving my computer life with this suggestion. Had spent weeks and at least 8 hours on the phone with Quicken trying to recover access to 2002 files lost while trying to convert to 2013. Really thought 10 years of data was gone for good, even with multiple backups.

    This worked perfectly. For some reason I couldn't create a new file longer than 8 letters - my original file name was 12 - but once I figured out that little issue and created an appropriately smaller file name, I simply copied a backup to the new folder, and it pulled up in 2002, then converted flawlessly to 2004 then to 2013.

    Anyway, can't thank you enough for this little tip.

    John.

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