Upgrading from MS Money 2000 Standard (South African edition) (what a headache!!) RRS feed

  • Question



    1.       I’m still running MS Money 2000 (Standard) South African version.


    2.       A few months back I decided to upgrade, only to find that MS no longer sells MS Money.


    3.       I will probably switch to Quicken.


    4.       Quicken only imports MS Money 2007 & 2008 (per website http://quicken.intuit.com/support/articles/getting-started/upgrading-and-conversion/7468.html )


    a.      This website suggests downloading free trials of MS Money 2008; but the links to the MS download centre indicate that these are both US versions ONLY ; Plus Deluxe (mny2008usweb.exe ) or Plus Home and Business (mny2008usbwb.exe ).


    b.      Subsequent research has indicated that I CANNOT USE US VERSIONS, as the data files are not compatible with the South Africa/New Zealand/Hong Kong . . . version.


    5.       The Quicken website also refers to an article (http://quicken.intuit.com/personal-finance-software/SwitchtoQuicken.pdf )


    a.       Per the article it must be MS Money 2008.


    b.      The article also refers to the free trials mentioned above.


    c.       But the article also refers to “Sunset” editions of MS Money (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/confirmation.aspx?FamilyID=60302e1e-207e-4710-ac80-d19c22e47488&displaylang=en )


    6.       MS Money Plus Sunset editions.


    a.       Basically these were produced by MS to remove the need for online activation.


    b.      There are two versions of Money Plus Sunset:


                            i.      The Money Plus Sunset Deluxe version (which downloads “USMoneyDlxSunset.exe”) is meant to replace Premium, Deluxe, and Essentials versions of Money Plus.


                          ii.      The Money Plus Sunset Home and Business version (which downloads “USMoneyBizSunset.exe”) is meant to replace Money Plus Home and Business.


    c.       Browsing MS support forums (http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/money ) I have discovered that the Sunset editions are for US users only.




    1.       I installed USMoneyBizSunset.exe , and received the following error “Money can’t open the file because it was created using a different version of Money” (presumably because the Sunset edition is for the US).


    2.       I managed to find a US version of MS Money 2003 (M11USWEB.exe ), but it also gives an error “Money cannot open the file because it was created by an incompatible version”.






    Find a South African version of one (or more) of the editions so that I can end up with an MS Money 2008 data file, ready for importing into Quicken.



    Export my 2000 data to QIF.






    • Edited by Dick WatsonModerator Saturday, December 25, 2010 3:01 PM deleted useless tag stuff at the head
    Saturday, December 25, 2010 8:47 AM

All replies

  • I think Option 2 is your only viable path. MS stopped supporting/shipping lots of international localizations MANY versions back. As you note, moving a data file from one localization to another has never worked in Money.
    Saturday, December 25, 2010 3:04 PM
  • This may or may not help, but there is a chance it may. The International English version of Money 2005 may well be able to read your *.mny file. I suggest trying that on a different computer so as to not hurt your currrent Money 2000 installation. I don't think this is your key to converting to Quicken. The QIF export may still be your only path for that. But it may allow you to install Money on your newer computer and continue using Money.



    Friday, July 29, 2011 8:48 PM
  • On a wider point, do you need to upgrade from Money 2000 ?

    If it's because you're upgrading your hardware and don't have the Money 2000 installation disks then fair enough. However, if you're planning to upgrade Money just because of it's age then that's another matter. If you're happy with Money 2000 why not continue to use it ?

    Saturday, July 30, 2011 9:09 AM