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  • I recently did a complete os reinstall after reinstalling money 2005 it will not recognize my back-up file therefore i cannot open the 5 years worth of files on it. i really dont care if the program fails after that but i need to retrieve my back-up. i did this before and it worked out well but this time nothing. money downloaded fine but just will not restore my files says

    cannot locate the file or cannot open it possibly because it is a read only file or do not have permission...etc.

    i have tried all the ways i know how but still nothing

    can anyone help me please

    Thursday, September 2, 2010 6:41 PM

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    Are you in the US? If so, I suggest you install the Sunset version of Money and use that to open your file.

    If you are not in the US, then be glad this came up now rather than a year from now.

    Find the sample.mny file in your install folder.  That may be
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Money 2005".  Copy sample.mny file to
    your Documents folder in Win7 or Vista.  Right-click the Money start
    icon and select RunAsAdministrator.  Click File->Open and browse to
    that sample.mny file.  Money 2005 will do an update.  Close Money.
    Reboot the computer.  Then open Money and check that Help->About...
    says you then have version 14.0.*.1105.

    Make sure your .mny and .mbf files are in your Documents folder.
    Then you should be able to File->Open or Restore your existing

    If restoring a backup, do not restore Do not restore to the default
    location.  Instead Browse to your Documents folder, and select a
    name.  Then change the backup locations shown in
    Tools->Settings->BackupOptions to locations that exist on your
    computer currently.  Consider your backup strategies; disks fail.

    See http://money.mvps.org/faq/article/630.aspx for a method of
    making a self-contained disk for reinstall of Money 2005 with the
    updates in place.  Be sure to do this before end of January 2011.
    Do not lose the disk.


    Thursday, September 2, 2010 7:33 PM