Unable to restore backup quicken file

I have Quicken 2006 Business software. Recently my laptop was stolen and it had been little over a month since I backed up onto a thumb drive.  I have not installed the Quicken 2006 onto my laptop w/OS Windows 8.  Everytime I attempt to open my backup file, I receive error messages.  Doesn't matter how I do it - restore backup, open file, find quicken files - the error messages are pretty much the same:  "Quicken cannot valudate this file.  Choose file menu. Restore backup file to restore a previous version of the data file."  or  "You cannot restore a file from the current directory."  I have the backup saved on my desktop.  What else can I do to restore this file?  Thank you for your time and effort with this issue.

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