Upgrading from QW1999 to QW2011.

Running Quicken 99 on Windows XP - upgraded new Desktop with Windows 7 64-bit. Can 99 be loaded successfully? If I upgrade to Quicken 2011 how do I collect my 10 years worth of info from backup from an external hard drive?

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I have Q99 working just fine (without the embedded Help files) on Windows 7 - 64 bit.

For installing Q99 on Windows 7 (including 64 bit), here's what worked for me:

1. Copy the contents of the installation CD to the new computer's hard drive, without installing.

2. Locate the SETUP.EXE file; mine was in the DISK1 folder.

3. Right click on the setup file, click Properties, click Compatibility tab.

4. Under compatibility tab, check mark "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and select Windows XP SP 3.

5. Under Privilege Level, check mark "Run this program as an administrator".

6. Click Apply and then click ok.

7. Double click on the SETUP.EXE file and the program will install just like on XP.

8. After installation is complete, go to the list of Programs under the Win7 Start menu, and right click the Quicken program icon.

9. Under Properties/Compatibility/Settings, click on "Disable desktop composition". This doesn't affect how the program runs, but how it looks on screen.

10. If you start Quicken at this point (to see if it actually works), cancel out of the startup interview that it will try to perform. It's not necessary when restoring your old files. Close the Quicken program.

11. Copy your most recent Q99 backup file set to the harddrive location on the new computer where you want your Quicken data to reside.  Put all files in the set into a dedicated Quicken folder.

12. Find the backup file with the .QDF extension and double-click it. Quicken will open it.

13. From this point on, open Quicken as you normally would from the Start menu or a desktop shortcut.

Everything works just like on my previous XP and Win98 computers, except the embedded Help files.
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