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  • I would like to update to  Money Sunset however when I download Money Sunset it deletes my previous Money installations and alters the File Associations with the result that I end uo having to reinstall Money and have a lot of problems getting everything reinstalled. My *.mny files are stores on an NAS disk and the programmes are installed on two different computers, one running Windows 7 64bit and the other running Windows 7 32bit which are all on the same network.

    Is there a way of downloading Money Sunset without interfering with my present files so that I can fully check that it is suitable for my needs?

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:05 PM

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  • Let's assume your current Money installs are a US version that is not Money Plus.

    You are not easily going to get Money to not alter file associations. The important associations are for *.mny, *.mbf, *.qif, and *.ofx. One thing you can do is to do a System Restore to a checkpoint that predates the Money Plus Sunset.

    Another thing to try if you can is to install into a virtual XP mode if you have that. That would make things independent for testing, except the bit about accessing files on your NAS. I don't know how to work that, but you may.

    I think it is possible to install Money Plus Deluxe Sunset while keeping an earlier non-Plus version in place. But yes, the file associations get changed. Reinstalling the earlier version should restore the associations. If you have Money 2005, special concerns come into play for reinstalls. If your version is 2003 or before, a different  concern comes up.

    I don't know if this has helped or not. Check back for more discussion.

    In any case, I suggest doing the backups to the individual computers. If you are sharing a *.mny between two installs, manually make sure that the same file is not open at the same time on different computers.




    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:31 PM
  • Before any testing on my test systems, I always take a full image copy to an external drive and then restore it afterwards.

    It's the only way to ensure you have the system back how it was before you started the testing.

    I use Paragon Backup and Restore (there is a free version). 

    In your setup, I would create a folder called Money on one of your systems, copy your Money file from the NAS drive to that folder and then do all your testing against that file. This way, you never touch the Money file on your NAS drive.

    I'm assuming that your individual systems only contain the OS and installed applications and that all/most of your user data is held on the NAS drive ? If so, an image copy should only take about 15 minutes. 

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:02 AM