Files won't open. Message says "Could not open the file" What can I do?

I have three Quicken files. Just updating my computer from Microsoft and now non of my three Quicken accounts will open, I've tried the Backup files also. Desperate now, can anyone help


  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭

    Please try this:

    Reboot Windows.
    Close Quicken (or do not start it at all).
    Use Windows File Explorer to locate and rename your current Quicken data file, for example, if it's called Qdata.QDF rename it to QdataX.QDF
    Usually your file is located in your \Documents\Quicken folder.

    Having done that start Quicken as usual from the Start Menu or Desktop Quicken icon.
    If Quicken cannot find your current data file during startup it should just simply load the program and give you either a nearly blank menu screen or one that has options to start as new user, restore from backup, etc.

    • If you get to this point without Quicken crashing
      • click on File in the Menu bar. Select the Validate function. Select the renamed Quicken data file and see if Quicken can access and repair it.
    • If you can't get Quicken to start at all,
      • When done, reboot your computer and then reinstall Quicken from  your account at, your CD or saved downloaded installation file and allow it to update to the latest available patch release level.

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