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  • Question

  • reinstalled M/M cannot open back-up file on external disk, file address incorrect.
    Monday, October 7, 2013 9:36 AM

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  • What actions did you take to produce the error message?  What is the complete text of the message?

    Monday, October 7, 2013 11:54 AM
  • No error message.

    Open M/M click Restore backup\restore from backup\next\ have money search for all backups\ finds backup on external drive( volume letter changed on reinstalling windows) select backup\ restore.

    A notification saying 'The file name invalid, please use a valid file name'


    Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:47 AM
  • Some things to try:

      - copy your backup (bak) file to your new disk and then open it

      - if you have it, copy your mny file to the new disk and then open that

      - right click on the file on the external disk and select open with Microsoft Money

    Post back with what works or with the error messages you receive

    Bill Becker

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013 6:14 PM
  • Here is a very similar method:

    1.Close Money.
    2.Open Windows Explorer (WindowsKey+E is one way to do that)

    Click Tools->FolderOptions->View and un-tick (remove check mark on)
    the HideExtensionForKnownFileTypes.  Click OK.  That way you will
    be able to see the actual .mny part of the filename.

    3.Browse to your *.mny file on the old drive. Right-click and choose Copy.

    4.Browse to your Documents folder on the new drive.., Right-click
    and choose Paste.

    5.Right-click the copied file in the Documents folder, and choose Open.
    That should launch Money.

    6. Once inside, In Tools->Settings->BackupSettings for Money or in 
    Tools->Settings->BackupOptions for Money 2005, for your backup files,
    Browse to your Documents folder, and choose a filename for your
    backup; the file location remembered from your old file probably
    does not exist on the new computer.  I suggest you plug in a USB
    flash drive, and Browse to that for the location for your scheduled

    Do this both for the upon-exit and the scheduled backups.

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013 8:04 PM
  • Thanks for the help but no joy.

    Copied backup file to the desk top, right clicked. Money opens.

    A window with the heading ( Name the restored file) and states 'money will use your backup to create a new restored file that's saved to location below. To select a different location click browse.

    Location high lighted, C:\ users\ray\my money.mny. on the new drive I have changed the user to Raymond and changed the highlighted address accordingly and clicked OK. Clicked restore to both addresses new window states 'an invalid file'

    I have copied to a usb clicked on open, Money opens, I have also tried, open with, in all cases Money brings up a window saying it is an invalid file


    Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:41 PM
  • Is is possible that the version of Money that created you file is newer than the version that you re-installed?  Money can't open a file from a newer version.  Maybe you upgraded and don't remember?  I would try installing the appropriate latest version of Money as described in the second post in this forum:


    If this doesn't help, post back giving your version of Money and your operating system.

    Bill Becker

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:05 PM
  • If you installed Microsoft Money 2005 from a CD or if you installed from a CD that says copyright 2004 but does not actually say "Money 2004", go to what is now showing as the second posting in this forum, and get the install file appropriate to your country. Reinstall with that file. If that is Money Plus, apply the patch referenced in what is now showing as the first posting in this forum.

    If that does not apply to you, read further:

    Keep copies of your existing backup files on other media, in case something bad happens.

    When you restore, please Browse to C:\ users\Raymond\documents  (if that is what you meant by user), or whatever your Documents folder is. For the filename put just Ray2  ; Money will add the .mny on its own. Browsing makes sure there is no typo or error in specifying the folder.

    If you still have your *.mny file from the other computer, you could copy that to the documents folder of the new computer. Open Money by right-clicking that file in Windows Explorer and choose Open. Remember to change the locations of where to backup to.

    If you still get an error, restore your second-oldest backup file instead of your newest. Your newest one may be corrupted.

    Edit: Bill Becker's idea that the version you installed may be older than your file is a good one. Tell us what version of Money that you installed-- for example, Money 2004 UK version.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 1:09 PM