Manual Backup Reminders zeroed out

For many years, I've had my manual backup reminder flag set to 5. For every 5 times I close, I am prompted to make a backup copy to an online folder of mine (Google Drive). I just noticed that I haven't been prompted for quite a long time and was wondering why. I looked at the backup settings in preferences and noticed that my manual backup reminder had been zeroed out on the last update.

My last manually backed up file was Dec 22. After digging into settings, manual backup reminder box was still checked but number of times set to zero. I NEVER go into preferences, so somewhere in an update since 12/22, this number was changed by an update.

Has anyone else noticed this? Or checked?

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  • GeoffGGeoffG SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 11
    Yes, I noticed after the last update 27.1.23.18 the backup prompts were disabled. This setting should not have been changed, but was set to zero.
    user since '92 | Quicken Windows Premier - Subscription | Windows 10 Pro version 1909
  • UKRUKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    You must have gremlins running around your system ...
    My settings have not changed at all and I'm already up to Q 2020 R 23.21.

    If you haven't rebooted Windows since you installed the latest software update, please do so now and then try Quicken again.

    Still not working?

    1) Let's try some "Troubleshooting 101" to ensure the Quicken software is installed and updated properly and that your data file is in good working order.
    Please perform all the steps in this document:
    Troubleshooting 101 - Fixing Software Installation and Data File Problems

    2)
    How to properly set up Quicken Backup and guard against data loss
    How to make Quicken create a backup for you automatically every time you close Quicken

    For the sake of this discussion it is assumed that your Quicken data file is located in the Default (and recommended) place: C:\Users\username\Documents\Quicken

    Review the backup settings available in Quicken (under Edit / Preferences / Backup).

    In there you will find two types of backup: Automatic and Manual Backup.

    Automatic Backup should be enabled and always goes to a \Backup folder that's part of the folder which contains your current Quicken data file, e.g. \Documents\Quicken\Backup. Set it to create a backup after running Quicken [1] times and to keep [9] (or more, your choice) backup copies.

    To create a Manual Backup copy of your Quicken data file on an external device (USB-hard drive or USB memory stick recommended), put a checkmark at "Manual Backup Reminder" to enable the function and set "Remind me after running Quicken [xx] times" to [1].

    Click OK to save the changes.

    From now on, when you close Quicken using the red X button, you will get a popup window.

    When you get this window for the first time, on some versions click the radio button for "Backup on my computer".
    Change the Backup File name's drive letter and path to point to your external device so that it looks something like this: E:\Quicken Backup\QDATA-2019-04-01.QDF-backup
    or use the Change button and work your way through the dialog.

    Do not change the filename portion! Just overtype the drive letter and choose a backup folder name. If the folder does not exist, it will be created.

    Also choose the option to "Add date to backup file name".

    Every day when you run Backup or close Quicken, an additional backup file is created. Without the Add Date option you only have 1 backup copy which is overwritten every day ... and that may prove bad in a problem recovery situation.

    Allow this backup to run to save the changes made on the screen.

    Of course, once in a while you will have to go in and delete some of the oldest backup files, at your discretion, to avoid filling up your USB device.

    One can never have enough backups of a Quicken data file. BTDTGTS!


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