Cannot open my MS Money 2005 file on new computer

I have a new computer with Win 7. My last one also used Win 7 and I was able to transfer my old Money files to that one and to open them. On the new machine I can see the files but when I try to open them in Money 2005 which is now installed on the new machine I cannot. Money says "cannot open it...possibly because it is a read only file...or I haven't permission to open it... or external drive (the file it's stored on) is write protected. Help appreciated please.

  robin_x 10:56 AM 12 Mar 12

This article suggests the file should be moved to your Documents Library. +other advice.

Lots of people have had problems, but I think workarounds have been found now.

Source: Google

(Do you keep backups of the file? Don't just keep a single copy on ext drive or in Docs Library.)

Post back if it still don't play ball.

Thank you for the quick reply. (This Forum often astonishes with the speed of response) Copied file from Ext drive to My Documents but get same message...

  robin_x 11:54 AM 12 Mar 12

Right click your .mny file and take ownership.

If you don't see the option, use this.

(the user account on the old computer was the previous owner)

Right click .mny again and select Properties. Check it is not listed as ReadOnly.

If you have a Compatibility Tab in the Properties, set to XP Service Pack 2.

Otherwise try changing the Compatibility Tab on the MS Money.exe program, wherever you installed it to.

You could also try ticking the Run As Administrator option.

Did you also check for updates as detailed in my original reply link?

  Yokel 22:42 PM 12 Mar 12

Hawkeye you haven't said whether your installation on the new PC included the '1105' patch. If it didn't have a look at article 649 at then download the UK version of the Microsoft patch through the link.

I had earlier used the method in article 630 which worked OK but the Microsoft patch must be preferable. There is a link to a Microsoft Money blog on their download page with some history.

Yoke - your tip worked perfectly - thank you so much. Thanks also to robinofloxley whose ideas I also tried but without success.


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