Restoring previous version Backups


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Swampy

Hi

My system had a major crash and needed a new hard drive. Went to
install Money 200 on the new drive and my Money 2000 cd must be damaged
as it wouldn't install.

So I went and bought Money 2003 that installed no problems but it won't
allow me to restore my backup Money file from the older version 2000.

Can anyone help as I'm really getting desperate and can't seem to locate
an old version of Money 2000 to buy to install so that I can recover my
data.

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Swampy
 
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Helen Ramsay

Oops! About the offer to mail Money 2000 ... I just pulled it out of the
cupboard and it's Money 2000 Standard CANADIAN Edition so it might not be
any good to you:( Let me know.

Cheers, Helen

hramsay at cogeco.ca
 
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Cal Learner-- MVP

My system had a major crash and needed a new hard drive. Went to
install Money 200 on the new drive and my Money 2000 cd must be damaged
as it wouldn't install.

So I went and bought Money 2003 that installed no problems but it won't
allow me to restore my backup Money file from the older version 2000.

Can anyone help as I'm really getting desperate and can't seem to locate
an old version of Money 2000 to buy to install so that I can recover my
data.
You did not say what error you were getting. Incompatible version,
write protected, not a Money file, corrupted?

Is that a backup on floppies? If so, I would copy each file from the
backup floppies to the same directory/folder. This will give you an
extra backup and will separate any problems of reading the floppy
media from some other potential problem. This is not the common
way, and it is not usually necessary. But especially if it is my
only backup, I would consider the copy to hard disk step.


The files will be named *d1.mbf, *d2.mbf, *d3.mbf and so on.

In WE, double click the *d1.mbf file. That should launch Money and
start the restore. When Money prompts for the next diskette, click
OK.

If you are restoring directly from floppy diskette, you can insert
the first floppy and double click the *d1.mbf file. Change
diskettes when prompted.

You will have a chance to change the location or filename for where
the restored data will go. If this is a different computer, it is
especially good to browse to a location. The old location may not
even exist.
 
C

Cal Learner-- MVP

Oops! About the offer to mail Money 2000 ... I just pulled it out of the
cupboard and it's Money 2000 Standard CANADIAN Edition so it might not be
any good to you:( Let me know.
Ah. You will need to get Money 2003 Standard-- not Deluxe-- or Money
2000 Canadian. Make sure your regional settings are set for Canada.
 
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Douglas Pommering

I would suggest calling around to a LOT of computer shops. I would also
contact Microsoft. You could possibly find an old computer somewhere with
Money 2000 installed (make sure its the exact version you had before). You
could quite possibly RENT one. Microsoft might be willing to sell you a
copy cheap.

Remember, Money 2000 almost certainly won't run on Windows XP. Therefore,
you'd need it on an older OS (Win 98, Me, etc.) on a SEPARATE computer since
you've already put Money 2003 on your new hard drive.

Once you have this, you could restore form backup on the machine with Money
2000 installed. Then, Money would create the .mny source file you need.

Once you have that, you could copy the Money 2000 .mny onto your new
machine. This is the file that Money 2003 could successfully update to a
Money 2003 .mny file.

What you want to do is doable but it will take some effort and possibly
spending a little but its worth it since we are talking about your financial
files.

Alternatively, there are places with the expertise to possibly retrieve the
Money 2000 .mny file off of the hard drive that failed--if you still have
that hard drive lying around.

I hope this helps.
 
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Cal Learner-- MVP

Remember, Money 2000 almost certainly won't run on Windows XP. Therefore,
you'd need it on an older OS (Win 98, Me, etc.) on a SEPARATE computer since
you've already put Money 2003 on your new hard drive.
Money 2000 runs fine on XP. You need to run it in an administrator
account. It can coexist with Money 2003 if you install it into a
different directory/folder. The last-installed version will have the
file associations for QIF etc.
 
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Douglas Pommering

It's not impossible. This tells me that 2000 will run on XP because it,
like Windows 2000, for example, uses the NT kernal. I'm surprised but MS
could write XP to support Money 2000 if it wanted to. I know it can coexist
in a different directory/folder.
 
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Dick Watson

I'm sure it wasn't a question of writing XP to support Money2000. Money
versions for a very long time have been sufficiently carefully designed to
limit use of APIs to the core Win32 API set that is more or less common from
Win95 (aka "dirty Windows") to today's XP. Thus, Money has worked more or
less (the prime issues always being user permissions/profiles) on WinNT and
its successors as far back as there has been an NT. It was never supported,
but it always pretty much worked. I know. I've run Money since v.2 and NT
since v. 3.1.
 
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Douglas Pommering

Damn, that's interesting. Thank you for telling me.
 
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Dick Watson

Aha. Incompatible Versions. The FAQ:
---
Q): Why do I get the "incompatible versions" message when upgrading my data
file?

A): This problem arises from trying to convert a file from one localized
version (say Money UK) to another (say Money US.)

The workaround it to export accounts using QIF and re-import them. The fix
is to obtain a newer localized version for the same country as your original
data file.

Answer courtesy of Glyn Simpson, Microsoft MVP - Money, and Cal Learner

References:
MSKB: Q304254 incompatible versions
<http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q304254>
MSKB: Q197668 incompatible versions
<http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q197668>
MSKB: 178830 Export/Import "Repair" and Conversion
<http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;178830>
 

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