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Compare Quicken File to Backup

In the past four months, I have had several occasions where transactions
in my Quicken (latest version for Windows) file get changed.  The ones I
notice are when the reconcile flag is changed (to unreconciled) or when
the amount changes.  I've even had the payee change, but I only notice
those when the amount or reconcile flag changes as well.  In the latest
cases, the erroneously modified transactions were years old, from 2015
or 2011.  Luckily I had a backup with the unmodified transactions, so I
could fix those transactions, but it's bothersome and I'm getting afraid
of trusting the software.  I've done the file copy / validate / super-validate, but it didn't find or fix any of the errors that I knew about.  Is there a way (or could there be a way) to
compare the current Quicken file with a backup file, to show the new
transactions (which we would expect) and any modified transactions
(which may be errors)?  For extra bonus points, when a transaction has
changed, could there be a way to tell Quicken to restore them from the
backup, transaction-by-transaction?
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  • SherlockSherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2018
    I suggest you export sorted transaction reports from Quicken to text files and use the Windows file compare fc command (or another file comparison tool) to identify the differences 
    Quicken user since 1997
    Premier on Windows 10
  • Unknown Member
    edited November 2018
    That kind of works, but it's a lot of manual checking, the sort of thing that could be and maybe should be automated.
  • Phil BurtonPhil Burton Member ✭✭
    > @Michael Wolfe said:
    > That kind of works, but it's a lot of manual checking, the sort of thing that could be and maybe should be automated.

    Been using Quicken (and TurboTax) since DOS days in 1990s.
  • UKRUKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    are you Syncing your Quicken data file to Mobile / Web?
    If so, have you ever tried turning Sync off for a few weeks to determine whether it's a problem with the Sync process that's messing up your data file?
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