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Convert Quicken 8 for DOS data to Quicken 2012 for Windows

The Quicken support article "Using an Intermediate Version To Convert Older Versions of Quicken" (updated 12/02/2011 Article ID: GEN82211) incorrectly states "To convert from a version of Quicken for DOS to a current version of Quicken or QuickBooks for Windows, use Quicken 8 for DOS."

I contacted Quicken support today, and the correct way to convert is set out below:

I would like to inform you that you can convert your Quicken for DOS version data into Quicken 2012 program. For this, you need to install Quicken 99 and then Quicken 2004 as intermediate versions.

First, install Quicken 99 version as an intermediate. After installing, please convert your data into Quicken 99.

After converting you data to Quicken 99, please install Quicken 2004. After installing Quicken 2004, you can convert your Quicken 99 data into it.

After your Quicken data is converted to Quicken 2004, please install the Quicken 2012 Program and convert the data file of Quicken 2004 into Quicken 2012 program.

Note: Before converting, please be ensure that Quicken 2012 version should be Deluxe or higher as Quicken 2012 Starter Edition does not have the capacity to convert the data file from earlier version of Quicken.

To install Quicken 99 and more details, please follow the below mentioned link: (Note - this is the link that incorrectly says to use Quicken 8 for DOS to convert Quicken 8 for DOS files. This link has the download links for Quicken 99 for Windows and Quicken 2004 for Windows).
  • A couple of additional comments:
    -Include the Checkbook Edition as one that will NOT convert prior version data.
    -Make sure that your password on your file (if passworded) is 14 characters or less, no special characters or spaces as it will cause password problems after the conversion to 2012.
    -Make backups at the different stages so that if you need to repeat a step, you don't have to go all the way back to the beginning.  You can delete them after you are done.
  • I uninstalled Q2000B, and installed Q99 from the above link.  I also downloaded the patch file from Microsoft in order to read .hlp files on my Win 7 machine.  Searched Help, but could not find the subject: convert Q for DOS to Q for Windows.  I  am at a complete loss as to how to perform the conversion.  Please, somebody tell me the steps necessary within Q99 to convert my old files.
  • @shartje
    has it ever occurred to you that your "Q2000B" (I assume you mean "Quicken 2000 for Windows") is _newer_ than Quicken 99 for Windows?
    Old versions of Quicken cannot process data files from newer versions.
    IMHO, you should proceed to Quicken 2004 to continue with your conversion process.
    If that doesn't answer your question or resolve your issue, please ask a new separate question. This message thread's a bit old and stale.
    Thank you.

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