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Can I run Quicken on two computers and stay synchronized?

    There is no sync or merge routine in Quicken, so you have to be careful in trying to keep two computers up-to-date with the same information.
    The easiest way is to make a backup after making changes on either computer and then doing a restore on the other.  If you do this with a thumbdrive, you can actually consider the thumbdrive to be the master copy of the data and just do a restore onto the computer you want to use prior to using Quicken, therefore ensuring that it has the latest copy of the data file.
    The one thing to remember is that you don't want to forget to make routine backups of your data separate from the data on either computer or the external media you use to transfer the files between computers.  Backups should be made to something that is not permanently installed inside your computer.  An electrical surge or a leaky roof should not be able to ruin your backup.
      I agree with splasher that "there is no sync or merge routine in Quicken, so you have to be careful in trying to keep two computers up-to-date with the same information."  I do have something similar to what he suggests except I just move a copy of the actual quicken data files between computers and do not mess with the wholoe Backup and Restore Process.  But I in my case I do most (99.995%) of my quicken work on my Desktop, When I go on vacation I will make sure that I have the most recent copy of my quicken Data file on my NetBook, and work with that as I'm no vacation.  You just can not be making changes to both copies of the file at the same time because one of the changes will be lost when you transfer the files again.
      • How do you 'move' the Quicken data file from one computer to the other without using the Backup/Restore process?

        What are the advantages of 'moving' versus using Backup/Restore?

        Where do you find the most current copy of the data file to move?

        Using Quicken Deluxe 2012 on XP Pro S3 (desktop) and Win 7 Starter (netbook)
      "How do you 'move' the Quicken data file from one computer to the other without using the Backup/Restore process?"
      Use Windows Explorer to copy the file to/from a thumbdrive.

      "What are the advantages of 'moving' versus using Backup/Restore?"
      Both ways have their own advantages.  
      Backup will add the date to the filename which is great for backups, so that you can keep more than one copy of a file in the same folder without having to rename the file manually to keep them unique.

      The down side to that is if you are doing a copy as you are between computers, you then need to remove the date from the file's name to keep the filename from getting longer and longer.  Yes, we have had users that reported problems with their filename's length and had 5 or 6 dates in the name because they didn't remove the date during the restore.  Backups also have the .QDF-backup extension rather than the .QDF extension of the data file.

      So to use backup/restore to move the file, you would not want Quicken to append the date to the file's name but you would when you are making a real backup copy for safe storage.

      "Where do you find the most current copy of the data file to move?"
      The default location for the Quicken data files is a Quicken folder under My Documents.
      There is only one copy of the data file, so there isn't a "most recent" copy unless you have made backups or just a regular copy to test/play with.  When Quicken is open and showing your data file, if you do a File - > Open Quicken File, the browser window will be showing the folder where the file is stored, so that is where the current copy of your data file is.  So that is where to find the file if you are going to use Windows Explorer to copy the file.

      BEWARE, I don't know what problems you may cause with having Deluxe on your desktop computer and Starter Edition on the netbook.  SE does not have all the features of Deluxe and it could create problems when you move the file back to the desktop.  I'd make sure I had a good backup from the desktop prior to bringing the file back from the netbook and I advise testing this some before getting too carried away with it.

      • I have found a workable solution. I have a home computer and a work computer. I wanted to be able to access Quicken from the work computer while I am in the house. My solution was to create a shared folder on the home PC. I then moved the quicken data files on the home computer to that folder. I opened Quicken on the home PC and selected "Open Quicken File" from the "File" pull down menu. From there I navigated to the Quicken file in the shared folder. I did the same thing on the work PC (navigating to the network shared folder and opening the file). If I make a change on either computer  the change is shown the when the other computer opens Quicken. This is becasue they are using the same data file. ****VERY IMPORTANT**** only one computer should access Quicken at a time. No telling what will happen if both try to use the file and I do not want to try it to find out. I would guess the last version closed would be the version saved. So while there is still some risk (if more than person uses the file at the same time) the benefits are no copying/backing up/ restoring/ etc. since both computers use the same file on the network.

        I am running Windows 7 Home Edition and Windows 7 Professional. Both computers are running Quicken 2010 Deluxe.
      • I have tried to keep the Quicken data file in my Dropbox folder, so that I can access it from both the desktop and the laptop, but for some reason, the desktop is never showing the same balance. They're both reading exactly the same Quicken file, so it must be the settings that are different. It would be great if Quicken would support a user consistency across machines as well as platforms, since the consumer license is good for up to three devices.

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