Money 2004 in Windows 7


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Peter Lanky

I've had no problem using Money 2004 in Windows 7 until yesterday. Suddenly
my money file disappeared without trace. Not to the recycle bin but gone
completely. I restored my backup (from My Documents) which should have put
the file back into the same place (Money programme files), but no, after
closing Money, there was no file and I had to restore again. Trying again, I
asked to restore the file to desktop, and success, or so you may think. I
then moved the file to my Money Programme Files folder thinking nothing more
of it.

Today, the file had disappeared again, so I went through the same process
but tried to restore to C:\ as I don't really want the file in My Documents.
No success. In fact, it seems that I can only restore the file to My
Documents or Desktop. I assume this is likely to happen again. It hasn't
happened with any other files, so at the moment I am blaming Money, not
Windows for the problem.
 
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Dominic Payer

Never put your Money data file in the Program Files area with either
Windows 7 or Vista. It is a protected area and changes will not be saved.

The proper place for any user data is in Documents or a sub-folder of that.

The Money default of the Program Files was from the days of Windows 9x.
Nowadays, security of the Program Files is important and changes to that
area require special permission.
 
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Terry Heinz

I've had no problem using Money 2004 in Windows 7 until yesterday. Suddenly
my money file disappeared without trace. Not to the recycle bin but gone
completely. I restored my backup (from My Documents) which should have put
the file back into the same place (Money programme files), but no, after
closing Money, there was no file and I had to restore again. Trying again, I
asked to restore the file to desktop, and success, or so you may think. I
then moved the file to my Money Programme Files folder thinking nothing more
of it.

Today, the file had disappeared again, so I went through the same process
but tried to restore to C:\ as I don't really want the file in My Documents.
No success. In fact, it seems that I can only restore the file to My
Documents or Desktop. I assume this is likely to happen again. It hasn't
happened with any other files, so at the moment I am blaming Money, not
Windows for the problem.
I am also using MS Money 2004 with Windows 7 as well as MS Word 1997. :)

I always install the operating system to C: but install all other
programmes in various folders in D: drive. Money & Word are currently both
happy on D: drive.

I can't really follow what may have been happening to you but it does seem
Windows 7 is playing funny buggers, try this.

Start from scatch:

Make sure you have an MS Money backup then go to Control Panel and
uninstall MS Money to remove Windows Registry Information etc.then create a
folder say: C:\Programmes\Money and copy your backup to this folder.

Then run your MS Money CD to update the Money version in that folder.
 
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Peter Lanky

I am going to leave my money file in C:\ for now. I don't want it in My
Documents as it seems odd to have the money file and it's backup in the same
folder.

I never had problems with storing it in Programme Files with Vista, and not
with W7 before now. Any new information was written to it perfectly normally.

It would be interesting to know why it twice disappeared though.

As an aside, I used to have my system files in a small C: drive and
everything else in D: when I used vista, but I had the problem when burning
photographic images to DVD because the process automatically created
temporary files in C: (no choice) which often meant that the burn wouldn't
work as I had run out of disk space on C:
 
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Jim

I am going to leave my money file in C:\ for now. I don't want it in My
Documents as it seems odd to have the money file and it's backup in the same
folder.

I never had problems with storing it in Programme Files with Vista, and not
with W7 before now. Any new information was written to it perfectly normally.

It would be interesting to know why it twice disappeared though.

As an aside, I used to have my system files in a small C: drive and
everything else in D: when I used vista, but I had the problem when burning
photographic images to DVD because the process automatically created
temporary files in C: (no choice) which often meant that the burn wouldn't
work as I had run out of disk space on C:

I'd actually suggest that My Documents is the right place for the
money file, and D:\Backups (or some other external device) is the
right place for the backups. You seem to have them exactly the wrong
way round.

It's called "My Documents", not "My Backups".

Just my 2p.




Jim
 
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Bob Peel

Peter, the advise you have been given is 100% correct. Vista and Windows 7
will not preserve changes to files stored in Program Files. Any files that
are going to be updated MUST be stored elsewhere.

Bob Peel
 
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teabag

There is not much point keeping your backup on the same drive as your
***.mny file. Lose that drive and you lose ***.mny and ***.mbf.
For safety the backup absolutely needs to be on a different physical
device - in your possession (so not on someone else's server).

teabag
 
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Cal Learner

There is not much point keeping your backup on the same drive as your
***.mny file. Lose that drive and you lose ***.mny and ***.mbf.
One reason for having one or more backups on your main drive is that
that is the undo mechanism of Money. But yes, you do want to have
backups on other media. USB flash drives are good.

I put the "automatic" backups on my hard drive, and I put my
scheduled backups on a USB flash drive that I keep plugged into the
computer.

But you need a mechanism to have more than one backup of each type.
Money Plus Deluxe in the US has a multiple backup system, where you
can specify the number of automatic and scheduled backups to keep.
The filenames include a date as part of the filename. Doing that
manually somehow would be wise with most versions.

For safety the backup absolutely needs to be on a different physical
device - in your possession (so not on someone else's server).
Burning a CD with backups from Money and other things, and storing
that in a secure off-site location might be worth considering. I
keep a backup in an encrypted partition on the USB flash drive on my
key ring.
And as Bob said, don't have your *.mny or *.mbf files within
ProgramFiles.
 

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