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ehcorp1@lycos.com
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      06-17-2004, 04:17 PM
When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my 2002-basic software
refuses to open the files. Is this because my Quicken version is
*basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?

Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email address is
bogus.

Thanks in advance for any wisdom.
 
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Mike B
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      06-17-2004, 04:45 PM

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> When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my 2002-basic software
> refuses to open the files. Is this because my Quicken version is
> *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?
>
> Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email address is
> bogus.
>
> Thanks in advance for any wisdom.


I would imagine that any backup can only be opened by the same release of
Quicken that created it.

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      06-17-2004, 05:41 PM
Mike B wrote:
> <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> > When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my

2002-basic
> > software refuses to open the files. Is this because my
> > Quicken version is
> > *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?
> >
> > Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email
> > address is bogus.
> >
> > Thanks in advance for any wisdom.


> I would imagine that any backup can only be opened by the same
> release of Quicken that created it.


Not really. Quicken can, and does, open files from earlier
versions ... though it does not, in the usual sense of the word,
open the older version file; it *converts* it from the older
version format to the newer version format.

I can not tell you whether Quicken Basic can convert files from
more expensive earlier versions, such as Quicken Deluxe or not,
though I would bet that it can. But I am certain that if the
older file was created by Quicken Basic, and it can be converted
at all, a newer version of Quicken Basic can convert it.

There have occasionally been indications, noted in this group,
that if the older version was *too* old, that Quicken might not
be able to successfully convert its files. I have never seen
anything definitive on when an older version becomes *too* old.

If the problem is that Q2002 can not convert files from Q95;
then the op can purchase some intermediate version of Quicken
from eBay (Q99 or Q2000, for example) for a song, and do the
conversion in two steps.

Another possibility is that the Q95 file is corrupt; if the op
had Q95 available, it would be worth trying to open the Q95
file, and if successful, try validating it.

The op did not post the exact message that Q2000 displayed when
it attempted to open the Q95 file.


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Hank Arnold
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      06-18-2004, 07:01 AM
What is the exact error message you get? Where are the files you want to
open? Are they on a CD?

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> When attempting to open old 1995 Quicken files, my 2002-basic software
> refuses to open the files. Is this because my Quicken version is
> *basic* and not *deluxe* or is there other issues?
>
> Please respond here in the newslist as my posted email address is
> bogus.
>
> Thanks in advance for any wisdom.



 
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      06-19-2004, 02:09 PM
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> What is the exact error message you get? Where are the files you want to
> open? Are they on a CD?
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> Regards,
> Hank Arnold
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Old backups are both on CD & floppy. The error message was "can't
open file" but then another memory error message prompted me to copy
the file to the hard drive where it did infact convert then open.

Thanks for all the help.
 
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Hank Arnold
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      06-20-2004, 09:41 AM
Problem with the CD files is a known problem. Q has to have read/write
access to the files when it opens them. Files on a CD-R are "Read Only". To
be able to use them you have to copy them to a hard drive and turn off the
"Read-Only" flag.

The diskette problem is a bit more befuddling. Maybe it was due to the fact
that there wasn't room on the diskettes for the old and converted copy?

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> Old backups are both on CD & floppy. The error message was "can't
> open file" but then another memory error message prompted me to copy
> the file to the hard drive where it did infact convert then open.



 
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