Allow disabling of reminders when restoring a backup

Rocket J Squirrel
Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
edited October 2023 in Backups and File Conversions
Today I restored a month-old backup file. I ended up with about a dozen reminders (scheduled transactions) which had passed their due dates and Quicken wanted to execute them.
It is very difficult to work with multiple reminders; they must be deleted or ignored one at a time. Multiple selection is not allowed in the Bill and Income Reminders window.
My suggestion is this:
When restoring a backup file which has overdue reminders, prompt the user what to do about active reminders. I can think of several useful options
  • "ignore [skip] all"
  • "delete all"
  • "do nothing" which would amount to leaving the overdue reminders as they are

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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bumpty bumpty bump.

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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bumpity

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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    With all the problems Quicken has, restoring a backup is recommended more often than ever. Reminders that want to execute upon restore continue to be a problem. So, in other words, "bump."

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  • Sherlock
    Sherlock Member ✭✭✭✭
    If you would like to prevent auto entry of reminders when you restore a backup of Quicken file, I suggest temporarily resetting the system date and time to the date and time of the backup Quicken file.  You may then manage the reminders as you see fit before correcting the system date and time.
  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    So, are you suggesting in a round about way that the user disable their internet connection prior to setting the date back to avoid all of the issues you listed?

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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2022
    Oh, I get it now. Unplug the laptop and take it across the International Date Line (backwards, not forwards) enough times that you reach the date of the backup file. If the seasons don't match, cross the horizon also. Then restore the backup.
    Some of the suggestions for "workarounds" on this forum are simply unhelpful.

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  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm gonna have to bump this one again.
    I back up Quicken after every session, and only rarely need to resort to using a backup file. But when I do, what a mess with reminders!
    When creating a backup, the user probably doesn't know whether he'll ever need it. Will it be restored tomorrow because of a problem? Or will it sit for years until the user needs some info not found in the current file? These two cases probably call for different reminder handling and is why a restore-time option to deal with reminders is badly needed.

    Quicken user since version 2 for DOS, now using QWin Biz & Personal Subscription (US) on Win10 Pro.

  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    As discussed in an enhancement request for Year End Copy Archive Files, an option to exclude or halt execution of scheduled reminders when accessing archive files would also be a big enhancement.

    Programmers, please also add this to the Restore function.

  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree this would be a valuable enhancement, especially when users must restore a backup from some time ago.

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  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hey Quicken, Inc. What is so difficult about implementing this idea? You continue to add features that are either useless or unwanted by the vast majority of the users, but can't do this idea which would help a large number of users that periodically need to restore a backup to find some information or resolve an issue caused by a bug in the current version.

    The issue of Quicken resetting Opening Balances would be a prime example of lots of users having to look in a backup to find what the OB should be instead of what Quicken changed it to through its faulty handing of reconnecting an account for One Step Update.

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