2006 Quicken

Conniebb Member
My Mother, who is 79, has been using the 2006 version since it was new. She got a new laptop and we realized that we had lost the card with the activation code. So we contacted Quicken and they said to upgrade. I upgraded to 2004 then 2010 then 2015. Now we have lost 7 years of her bookkeeping. Can anyone help?


  • Greg_the_Geek
    Greg_the_Geek SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    How can you "upgrade" from Quicken 2006 to Quicken 2004? You should be able to download/install the free Quicken 2013 and open your data file.

    Quicken Subscription HBRP - Windows 10
  • splasher
    splasher SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    To go along with Greg_the_Geek's advice, I would not go any further than QW2013.  Your mother will have enough new things to figure out with 2013 without going any newer.  Things will look quite different from her 2006 version.
    I wish her the best of luck adapting to 2013.

    -splasher using Q continuously since 1996
    - Subscription Quicken - Win11 and QW2013 - Win11
    -Questions? Check out the Quicken Windows FAQ list

  • volvogirl
    volvogirl SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes stop at 2013.

    You should at least try to convert to the 2013 version since you don’t use any online services or download transactions now.  Then it should run on newer versions of Windows.  Starting in 2014 they instituted an ID password to get into your own data. I’m staying on 2013.  2013 should run on Newer Windows.  You can download 2013 Deluxe for free using this how to convert article.  It’s under Converting from Quicken 2004-2009.


    If your version is 2003 or earlier you will need to first convert to 2004.  Then convert to 2013.  Read that whole article on converting.

    And FYI - If your Quicken was before 2010 you should have several files making up the data.  The main data file ends in .QDF.  All Quicken versions prior to QW2010 store your data in a series of files all sharing the same filename but with different extensions like  - .QDF .IDX, .QEL, .QPH  and all 4 of those files were rolled into a single-file .QDF starting in 2010. 

    I'm staying on Quicken 2013 Premier for Windows.

  • Conniebb
    Conniebb Member
    Yes, it was 2003. Sorry
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