Tuesday, August 09, 2011

QFE#2 for Money 2005 International users

Microsoft have also released for download the update for Money 2005 International users (I previously posted about the UK update)
Details on this, and the UK patch can be found at http://moneymvps.org/faq/article/649.aspx
There is no update for US versions. The workaround for these versions is to upgrade to the sunset edition

Friday, July 29, 2011

Money 2005 QFE#2 for UK Users (1105 patch)

What is the QFE#2 for the UK users? Maybe an obscure title, but it's really good for Money 2005 UK users. It's the downloadable patch which brings a retail copy of Money 2005 to the 1105 update.

This is the update you need to reopen your Money files, should you need to reinstall later on, such as installing Money on a new PC. This is something that I've had a lot of emails about recently.

Should you reinstall your Money 2005 version, before you open your file, install this update as well and you won't have any issues. If you don't install this update, you'll find that you can't open your file.

If you're using Money 2005 and have no issues, then there is no need to install this update.

The update can be found on the Microsoft Download Site. [Edit 3/3/2013, Microsoft have removed this, please visit Article 649 on my main website instead]

Some of the articles on moneymvps.org will be updated to feature this update shortly.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Money patch is no longer available

The '1105' patch for Microsoft Money no longer appears to be available. If you've not yet done your reinstallation CD (as described in this article) and have the patched version on your PC, then you're now risking the loss of your data, so once again, I advise to make the CD and test it (on another machine!).

If you don't want to go through the above, you have another option - export your files to QIF and then import them into the sunset edition. However, you'll also have to do this before you have to reinstall (if forced because of a new machine, crash etc). If you've got a simple file (e.g. one currency or not many accounts, this is a reasonable option). There is additional work here, but as the sunset edition is a downloadable free program, you can always reinstall if needed.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Money 2005 update still available - but for how much longer?

I've brought up my test system this morning, removed the existing copy of Microsoft Money UK 2005 on it to test whether the update is still being served from Microsoft's servers.

I can report that it is - almost 2 months after the expected take-down of the update. During the update, it can report the expiration of features, these being the online functions, however it's still possible to get the '1105' patch.

Although it is still available, I wonder whether it will be gone tomorrow, next week, next month or if it will still be around in a year's time. It's possible that there hasn't been the need to take it away yet. However it could go at any time, and once it does, that's it, unless you've made your backup (see this article on how to make a patched CD).

My previous posting was intended to ensure those using any 2005 version made their backup. This still applies and is just as urgent as before.

Do it now!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Money 2005 Users action required

This is a warning to remind users of Money 2005 that if you haven't already created a backup CD of your installation with the patch on it, to do it now!

Microsoft will be turning off the servers which provide it shortly and there is no downloadable file with the patch in it.

  • This affects ONLY Money 2005 users
  • If you're in the US you do have the option of using the sunset edition
  • If you're in the UK and other countries, then 2005 was the last version available to you and the sunset edition cannot be used as you can't convert between regional versions of Money.
  • Microsoft plan to turn the servers off at the end of this month - January 31, 2011
Creation of backup CD
To create the patched CD, see this article. You won't need the CD unless you reinstall. If you think it won't affect you, consider that if you buy a new machine or your hard drive crashes, without it, you will irrevocably lose access to your Money file and there will be no way to get your data back.

Once you've created your backup CD, don't forget to test it (e.g. on another machine) to ensure it works