Transferring Money 2004 files to Virtual PC


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Sally Thompson

I have an old Windows 98SE PC running Money 2004, and have just bought a new
Mac on which I have installed Virtual PC and Windows XP Professional. I have
installed Money 2004 on the VPC with no problem, but I just cannot seem to
move the My Money files over.

Using the advice on the Microsoft Support site, I have copied the My
Money.mny file onto a USB memory stick (and also two other separate .mny
files I have). I then tried copying MyMoney.mny from the USB stick to the My
Documents folder on the new VPC. The error message was "the parameter is
incorrect". Then I tried creating a backup (MyMoney backup.mbf) and opening
the new money and selecting "restore from backup". I then get the message
that "Money is not properly installed". I then tried reinstalling by doing
"Repair", but no difference. I have also tried opening Money and choosing
File - Open and selecting the My Money file direct from the USB stick.

I really don't know what I'm doing wrong and would be glad of some advice. I
have looked at previous questions of this sort but none of them seem to have
exactly my problem.
 
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Bob Peel, MVP

Try opening the MyMoney.mny file from the stick on the new PC. Just navigate
to the file on the stick and double click on it. This should start M2004.
You should then be able to save back to My Documents.

PS how big is your .mny file?
PPS there is a NG for UK users at microsoft.public.uk.money
 
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Sally Thompson

Try opening the MyMoney.mny file from the stick on the new PC. Just navigate
to the file on the stick and double click on it. This should start M2004.
You should then be able to save back to My Documents.

PS how big is your .mny file?
PPS there is a NG for UK users at microsoft.public.uk.money
Thanks for the reply. That was one thing I hadn't tried! but I got the same
message - Money is not properly installed. Plse try setup again. Then I
thought maybe the problem that there was no file at all and Money will not
work without a file open, so I reopened M04 and created a testfile. That all
works, but I still cannot open the existing MyMoney file. Sigh. I do hope I
am not going to have to re-input all my data.

Re your PS. The .mny file is 8.55 MB, but there should be plenty of room
since my local disk C on VPC is 14.9 GB, with 12.0 GB free. (I also tried
with a smaller separate Money file I have.)

Sorry, didn't realise I should have used the UK group.
 
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Bob Peel, MVP

There's no compulsion about using the UK group, it's just that Money is so
heavily localised you are more likely to get UK version knowledge over
there.
On the old PC take an extra copy of .mny file and try running a file repair
as per http://money.mvps.org/faq/article/22.aspx

Incidentally what are the versions of Money on the old & the new PCs (Help >
About)?
 
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Sally Thompson

There's no compulsion about using the UK group, it's just that Money is so
heavily localised you are more likely to get UK version knowledge over
there.
On the old PC take an extra copy of .mny file and try running a file repair
as per http://money.mvps.org/faq/article/22.aspx
Thanks Bob - I'll try that tomorrow (have been out this evening and am
getting a bit downhearted about this).
Incidentally what are the versions of Money on the old & the new PCs (Help >
About)?
They both say version 12.0, but interestingly have different serial numbers,
which reminds me that although I bought a full version of M04, I had an
earlier version on the old PC when I installed it so effectively it was an
upgrade. When I installed it on the new one, of course, it was a new
installation.
 
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Bob Peel, MVP

Sally, I need to know the full version. For example on M2005 I have
14.0.120.1105.

What I am thinking is that you may have a slightly different version which
is causing the problem.
 
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Sally Thompson

Sally, I need to know the full version. For example on M2005 I have
14.0.120.1105.

What I am thinking is that you may have a slightly different version which
is causing the problem.

Bob, it just says 12.0 - nothing else. It is the same software - I intend to
get it running on the new PC, then remove it from the old. The only
difference is that the version on the old PC was effectively an update from
an earlier version (Money 99) and running under Windows 98SE, whereas the
version on the new PC has been installed under Windows XP Pro where no
earlier version of Money existed. I am just going to try your earlier
suggestion of trying a file repair on a copy.
 
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Sally Thompson

On the old PC take an extra copy of .mny file and try running a file repair
as per http://money.mvps.org/faq/article/22.aspx
Success! I was really beginning to despair. I made a copy and ran a
standard repair (through the Money menu) on the copy. I then copied the
repaired file to the USB stick and then opened it direct from the USB stick
on the new PC. (I have spelt this out to help others.) It all looks OK and
I am so grateful to you. Strangely, the View Log on the repair showed "no
broken records in the original file" but it was obviously corrupted in some
way. Will now do the same for the other Money files I have.

I owe you a drink.
 
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Bob Peel, MVP

Glad to hear you got there!

Regrettably don't get across towards Wales very often so your drink is safe!
;-)
 
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Sally Thompson

Success! I was really beginning to despair. I made a copy and ran a
standard repair (through the Money menu) on the copy. I then copied the
repaired file to the USB stick and then opened it direct from the USB stick
on the new PC. (I have spelt this out to help others.) It all looks OK and
I am so grateful to you. Strangely, the View Log on the repair showed "no
broken records in the original file" but it was obviously corrupted in some
way. Will now do the same for the other Money files I have.
For the sake of others <g> I have to follow up my own post. Having
successfully opened the repaired file from the USB stick, I then forgot to
save it onto the hard disk (yes, I know) and when I went back to Money, could
no longer access the file. So - I went through the whole procedure again
with no joy. I still got the message "Money is not properly installed". It
then occurred to me that the only file I had previously transferred to the
new Windows PC via the USB stick had been done via the Mac - I had copied the
file onto the Mac, then dragged it onto the desktop and back into the Windows
My Documents. I wondered whether there was some clue there. So, I copied
the Money files from the USB stick to the Documents folder in the Mac (which
obviously doesn't know what to do with them), then dragged them onto the
desktop, then dragged them back from the desktop into My Documents in
Windows. And it worked like a dream. The files are up and running, I have
been able to connect to my bank, and I have no doubt wasted several days over
a problem that I probably didn't have in the first place.

I am very grateful for Bob's help, and am explaining this in some detail for
anyone else who has the same problem and may find this in the archives.

PS Bob, thanks for the link about backing up. i do back up regularly,
usually every two days, but may make that more often in future.
 
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