You cannot open your Money file after reinstallation
If you see one of the following messages when starting Microsoft Money, then you might
need to follow the directions below to get back into your file.
- Money cannot locate filename
or cannot open it, possibly because it is a read-only file or you do not have permission to change it or your
disk drive is write-protected.
- If you have chosen the correct file and it cannot be accessed, you will
need to click OK and then restore your most recent backup file.
- If the file is being used by another
application, close it in the other application and click OK to try again.
The reason you see this
error with Microsoft Money 2005 is that some of the CD versions were pressed before the QFE#2 update (version
number 14.0.xxx.1105) was produced, and this update causes Money files to be 'upgraded'. This was a major update
to the Money program (see
some of the issues fixed).
The 'upgraded' file (which is present as you are reinstalling) cannot be
read by the pre-QFE#2 software (i.e., the version you've just installed from the CD).
To avoid this
problem, you need to patch the Money installation by downloading the relevant patch for Microsoft Money.
In some cases, a reboot may be required after the installation of this patch.
Update: August 2011
no longer provide the automatic download of this patch. However, it can be downloaded through
Keywords: 2005, Reinstall, Error, QFE, Update