converting quicken 98


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Lou S

Intuit is ending online stock price updates for quicken98
(the last decent version that wasn't filled with
advertisements) so I'm trying to move to money 2004.
Downloaded the 60 day free trial and tried to convert. The
convert wizard simply says "your quicken file could not be
converted". I verified the qdata.qdb file first and it's
fine. Called Microsoft for support, but they wouldn't talk
to me unless I paid for the incident or purchased Money.
Seems to me the whole idea of the 60 day trial was to see
if it would work for me before purchasing.

Any ideas as to if/how to convert a large amount of quicken
98 data? Help would be much appreciated. Would hate to
have to upgrade to a newer quicken.

FYI, I've spent all day exporting the individual accounts
and then importing them into money, but the number of
transactions that get duplicated (or worse) leads me to
believe this is futile. With about 15 accounts, each time
I clean one by hand and import another, the cleaned set get
re-corrupted (by transactions like transfers between the
accounts). This clearly won't work; I even tried to import
a group of files but they still required lots of hand cleanup.
 
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Cal Learner-- MVP

Intuit is ending online stock price updates for quicken98
(the last decent version that wasn't filled with
advertisements) so I'm trying to move to money 2004.
Downloaded the 60 day free trial and tried to convert. The
convert wizard simply says "your quicken file could not be
converted". I verified the qdata.qdb file first and it's
fine. Called Microsoft for support, but they wouldn't talk
to me unless I paid for the incident or purchased Money.
Seems to me the whole idea of the 60 day trial was to see
if it would work for me before purchasing.
I am sorry to hear that did not work. There are a few ideas I would
try, but they are unlikely to make a difference. I would boot into
safe mode and try the conversion. It is easy, even tho the chance
that it would make the difference is small.

Validate and maybe super-validate within Quicken should be done
before the conversion.

Any ideas as to if/how to convert a large amount of quicken
98 data? Help would be much appreciated. Would hate to
have to upgrade to a newer quicken.

FYI, I've spent all day exporting the individual accounts
and then importing them into money, but the number of
transactions that get duplicated (or worse) leads me to
believe this is futile. With about 15 accounts, each time
I clean one by hand and import another, the cleaned set get
re-corrupted (by transactions like transfers between the
accounts). This clearly won't work; I even tried to import
a group of files but they still required lots of hand cleanup.
To avoid transfers from turning into two separate transactions, it
is important to import the QIFs into the new file all at once.
This is done by selecting using Ctrl+<click> to highlight all of
the files you want including. Further, before doing the import,
the names of the investment cash accounts should be named something
alphanumerically higher than the investment transactions of the
account. So you could have "Merrill" and "Merrill Cash", but you
would not want "Merrill Inv" and "Merrill Cash". "_Merrill Inv"
and "Merrill Cash" would be good. So one way around this is to
export investment accounts to files who's name starts with an
underscore.
 
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Lou S.

Thanks for the suggestions. Validate and super validate
were clean (I said "verify" but meant I validated). Booted
in safe mode, tried converting again, and still the same
problem. I previously tried selecting and importing all
the QIFs at once (per the FAQ and Microsoft's knowledge
base). Didn't try your ordering idea, but the transfers
causing trouble include those between cash accounts as well
(so I'm a bit discouraged about re-attempting)

A google search suggests that a number of folks have had
this problem. Seems like the most common fix, other than
brute force cleanup by hand, was to convert using an
earlier version of money. Will see if I can find one...the
earlier US trial versions are gone from Microsoft's web site.

Cheers,

Lou
 
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Lou S

Got it!

Posting here in case anyone is reading this thread. Money
2004 wouldn't convert the quicken file, but I borrowed a
copy of Money 2001 and it converted perfectly. I expect I
can now upgrade from 2001 to 2004 and things should be ok.

Warning...the Money data file is much bigger than quickens
(200MB in my case). Now I know why Money 2004 offers to
compress it!

Lou
 
C

Cal Learner-- MVP

Posting here in case anyone is reading this thread. Money
2004 wouldn't convert the quicken file, but I borrowed a
copy of Money 2001 and it converted perfectly. I expect I
can now upgrade from 2001 to 2004 and things should be ok.

Warning...the Money data file is much bigger than quickens
(200MB in my case). Now I know why Money 2004 offers to
compress it!
Look for the file to reduce in size at some point after working with
it for a while.
 
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The Dude

Lou

Your experience is similar to mine. But I didn't have a demo, I actually own a copy of the software. However, I'm stuck like you because I can't return it if I open it. And I can't get through normal tech support channels without the registration info from the program. Kind of a Catch-22.

I finally found an e-mail address within Microsoft to write to, which promised 24-hour response. That was at least 36 hours ago, so I'm not holding my breath anymore at this point

I haven't had to test Intuit support for a long time, and goodness knows if they're any good, but I wonder if you have actually tried recent versions of Quicken. I've been commenting on this board regarding the 2001 version and there are no ads in it. Perhaps I'll check the Intuit site for some screen shots, but in the meantime, am I missing something? What are the ads

Thanks, and meanwhile, good luck

----- Lou S wrote: ----

Intuit is ending online stock price updates for quicken9
(the last decent version that wasn't filled wit
advertisements) so I'm trying to move to money 2004.
Downloaded the 60 day free trial and tried to convert. Th
convert wizard simply says "your quicken file could not b
converted". I verified the qdata.qdb file first and it'
fine. Called Microsoft for support, but they wouldn't tal
to me unless I paid for the incident or purchased Money.
Seems to me the whole idea of the 60 day trial was to se
if it would work for me before purchasing
 
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Lou S.

Did you get yours to convert? I did by using a friends
copy of money 2001. It converted the file just fine.
Once money 2001 had it, I loaded the data file into money
2004.

All is good, except I can't seem to update stock prices
any more (which is why I wanted to move from quicken in
the first place)!

Lou
-----Original Message-----
Lou,

Your experience is similar to mine. But I didn't have a
demo, I actually own a copy of the software. However, I'm
stuck like you because I can't return it if I open it. And
I can't get through normal tech support channels without
the registration info from the program. Kind of a Catch-
22.
I finally found an e-mail address within Microsoft to
write to, which promised 24-hour response. That was at
least 36 hours ago, so I'm not holding my breath anymore
at this point.
I haven't had to test Intuit support for a long time, and
goodness knows if they're any good, but I wonder if you
have actually tried recent versions of Quicken. I've been
commenting on this board regarding the 2001 version and
there are no ads in it. Perhaps I'll check the Intuit site
for some screen shots, but in the meantime, am I missing
something? What are the ads?
 

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