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Chrome Extension IE Tab for MS Money Operation RRS feed

  • Question

  • MS Money relies on Internet Explorer (IE) for its operation and will not function if Microsoft removes support for IE. My backup plan is to use Money within a Windows XP VM under Windows 10.

    Someone pointed out the extension IE Tab on the Chrome Store. Has anyone disabled IE and experimented with this extension to see if it enables Money to work? See 



    • Edited by SC489 Friday, May 29, 2020 5:46 AM
    Friday, May 29, 2020 5:45 AM

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  • Money Sunset and QFE2 versions do not need IE. They have their own, limited capability browser which now points to the MSN home page.

    However, Money includes residual code which, on installation, checks for the presence of IE and its build number.

    When Windows 10 was in development Money installed and ran. The last development build number was 9993.

    On release, with the same code, the Windows build number was increased to 10240 – from 4 digits to 5 - and Money then refused to install. The first Cumulative Update for Windows 10, in August 2015, included a fix. Since then, whether or not IE11 is disabled in Windows 10, Money will install and run. We do not know what that fix was.

    Eventually, Windows 10 will be replaced. Microsoft may not then be either willing, or able, to continue the fix.

    Note that any unsupported program is at risk of becoming unusable as Windows is developed. Programs use low-level features in Windows which are continually being modified. Sometimes these features are modified in ways that break programs. With supported programs their developers will work with Microsoft to fix the issues. Unsupported programs may recover if an unintended bug was introduced, but there is no guarantee and if the feature was changed intentionally it is just too bad.

    Friday, May 29, 2020 12:24 PM
  • Money Sunset and QFE2 versions do not need IE. They have their own, limited capability browser which now points to the MSN home page.

    However, Money includes residual code which, on installation, checks for the presence of IE and its build number.

    When Windows 10 was in development Money installed and ran. The last development build number was 9993.

    On release, with the same code, the Windows build number was increased to 10240 – from 4 digits to 5 - and Money then refused to install. The first Cumulative Update for Windows 10, in August 2015, included a fix. Since then, whether or not IE11 is disabled in Windows 10, Money will install and run. We do not know what that fix was.

    Eventually, Windows 10 will be replaced. Microsoft may not then be either willing, or able, to continue the fix.

    Note that any unsupported program is at risk of becoming unusable as Windows is developed. Programs use low-level features in Windows which are continually being modified. Sometimes these features are modified in ways that break programs. With supported programs their developers will work with Microsoft to fix the issues. Unsupported programs may recover if an unintended bug was introduced, but there is no guarantee and if the feature was changed intentionally it is just too bad.

    Thanks for that useful reply. I had always thought for some reason that IE needed to be installed to support MS Money,



    • Edited by SC489 Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:27 AM
    Saturday, May 30, 2020 6:27 AM