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Windows 7: The steps I took to run Quicken 2004 on Windows7 Professional

31 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
The steps I took to run Quicken 2004 on Windows7 Professional


I have posted this because I found that many people had provided information that either just didn't work (for me) or which effectively says "you can't run Quicken 2004 under Windows 7". You can - both in XP compatibility mode and natively!

This post relates specifically to 'Quicken 2004 Release2 CD 2004'. I am using this version because Intuit stopped selling Quicken in the UK in that year. The Release 2 variant was a 'free' disc that Quicken sent to their customers (well those who had recently paid for Quicken 2004 anyway) along with the letter that said they were withdrawing support from the UK. This CD doesn't require a licence key or any other form of authorisation in order to use it although it does nag you to register for a while (don't bother).

I MUST EMPHASISE that I do not use Quicken to download from Financial Institutions - partly because I found the process error prone and partly because Intuit withdrew this facility about 3 years after my purchase - presumably to encourage users to upgrade - despite the fact that it wasn't possible to upgrade in the UK anyway! Therefore I can't say whether it would work or not; I suspect not.

A. An account of a failed 'straight' install into Windows 7
B. Successful implementation using Windows XP Mode
C. And FINALLY, an install into native Windows 7 - obviating the need to run XP Mode.



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A preview of this posting showed that the image isn't clear so, this is the message:
The following files did not self-register or unregister:

1. c:\Program Files (x86)\Quicken\qwapp.dll
The specified module could not be found

2. c:\Program Files (x86)\Quicken\qwinver.dll
The specified module could not be found

To continue, clikc OK; otherwise, click Cancel.

I recall clicking continue and it bombing out.


B. SUCCESS WITH Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode

After having installed Windows Virtual PC and Windows Compatibility Mode, I then started an installation of Quicken into the XP Mode system.

The Quicken installation said it was going to install it into C:\Program Files. Not realising (or remembering) that the C: drive under XPMode appears to be a separate 'partition', I felt it ought to go into C:\Program Files (x86) with all the other 32-bit stuff, so I did a 'custom install' to that.

It came up with an error message so I backed out and checked for any residuals (there were none that I could find using Windows Explorer).

I then went for a default install. This seemed to go OK.

However, once I tried to use my Quicken data file - which I'd put into a sub-directory of C:\, I got many write fails from 'QSD'.

I then had a think. There was a C drive appearing in Windows Explorer within XP Mode as well as the C: drive that appears in Windows 7. I tried loading the SAMPLE Quicken application and this didn't have any fails. I discovered that the SAMPLE Quicken file was stored in: C:\Program Files\Quicken BUT THIS WAS IN THE XP MODE 'PARTITION' - NOT THE Windows 7 C drive [sorry if my terminology is haywire here].

So, I thought that if I installed my data files into this XPMode directory, it might work. It did.

So I then set up a directory under the XPMode C drive - My Documents - specifically:

C:\Documents and Settings\XPMUser\My Documents\Quicken Data (on XPM-C).

and moved my data files (that I backed up while still on Windows XP before installation od Windows 7) into this folder.

That worked too.

I then managed to get an Icon on to the Windows 7 Start Menu and on to the Windows 7 Task Bar so that the whole shooting match would launch from Windows 7. THIS LAUNCH TAKES A LONG TIME - SO, IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO USE IT MANY TIMES, IT'S PROBABLY BEST TO LEAVE THE VIRTUAL M/C RUNNING OR AT LEAST HIBERNATING.

So Quicken was working in XP Mode - not ideal but better than nothing!

The next step was to try to get it running natively under Windows 7.

SUCCESSFUL INSTALLATION into native Windows 7:

Some of these steps may not be necessary but this is what worked for me.

1. Before installing Quicken, I copied the complete set of Quicken installation files from the Quicken product disc on to a new folder on my C: drive.

2. I then changed the properties of the setup.exe program within this folder by ticking “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and selecting Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and ticked “Run this program as an administrator”.

3. I ran setup.exe and prevented Quicken from loading at the end of the installation by de-selecting that option from the installation dialogue. [This was in accordance with the instructions given in the link which appears below viz: "Do not (!) allow it to open the programme at the end".]

4. Quicken got installed in c:\Program Files (x86) and I then checked that the .dll files mentioned were present (they were and are found in the c:\Program Files (x86)\Quicken).

[A couple of commentators suggest that you need to copy the .dll files across from an XP installation. I didn't find I needed to do this. The files concerned are: mfc70.dll, msvcr70.dll and msvcp70.dll.

5. I set up a shortcut on the desktop pointing to C:\Program Files9x86)\Quicken\qw.exe and pinned this to the TaskBar and to the START menu (belt and two pairs of braces - although I normally operate exclusively off the TaskBar).

6. To get rid of the message:

"Quicken is not currently the application configured for handling Web Connect data. Would you like to make it the default application for any Web Connect data that you download from your financial institution's web site?"

- I followed the advice in the second URL given below by right clicking on the Quicken shortcut ICON from which I was launching Quicken, selected Properties, clicked on the compatibility TAB; and REMOVED the tick in the box labelled "Run this program in compatibility mode for ... <It was previously set to "Windows XP Service Pack 3" as described above>.

It may be that one doesn't need to set "Run this program in compatibility mode for ..." in step 2 but I haven't uninstalled and then repeated the installation to find out!

7. You can to stop (with the caveat below) the annoying "Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer" message from appearing -

by turning off Run as Administrator in the properties for quicken.exe

by turning User Account Control OFF (a bit dodgy perhaps;

However, turning off "Run as Administrator" STOPPED Quicken BACKUP writing to the C: Drive on my computer, so I reinstated "Run as administrator" in order to run backup. (I suspect that fiddling around with the ownership of Quicken or the C: drive might enable one to circumvent this but I don't know what I'm doing in this area.)


I acknowledge the input of several others who have written on this topic - especially:

by Wolf | January 3rd, 2012 - 15:22

by Jim who Commented 07/09/09 11:17am

ENDS ===============================================================

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31 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1

FWIW: I installed the diskette install version of quickbooks version 5 on my XP under virtual pc.


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