Risks of NOT updating?

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What are the real risks of NOT updating my Quicken software? Since the problems that plague me seem to not be being addressed, in updates (inability to "report a problem," print previews unusable), I haven't updated and remain on R53.26. And I come into this forum and read about new issues with every update, so it seems like a good gamble to "hold 'em" right where I am.

Are there any real risks to this? I would imagine, at some point, I'll update - but I'm not really eager to do so.

Quicken Classic Premier (Windows) R52.33

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  • NotACPA
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    Rather than NOT updating, how about waiting when a new release comes out and see what happens? I usually wait a week or so.

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  • QuickUserPSP
    QuickUserPSP Member, Windows Beta Beta
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    @EmKay issues and their fixes are dynamic meaning they are ever changing or updating. Staying on a particular release means you will never have any hope of a fix for your issue(s). You will also not benefit from any program enhancements from newer releases.

    I would recommend the same as @NotACPA and rather than not update at all, just wait a week or so after a new release to update.

  • EmKay
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    My problem with that is that I don't often visit this forum, so I'm not privy to the issues or corrections to issues without effort. Plus, finding that info here isn't easy - at least not for me.

    Unless - is there a Quicken page that, perhaps, lists outstanding issues BY RELEASE? So I don't have to wade through a bunch of forum posts but could, for example, visit the page for the version that came after mine and see what new issues had arisen or what old issues had truly been resolved - for just that version?

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  • NotACPA
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    Each Q update is cumulative … it includes all earlier updates. SO, there's no such thing as "for just that version"

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  • Chris_QPW
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    If you are waiting for a time where there will be zero reported bugs, it’ll never happen.

    On the other hand, the real question should be what are the risks of updating and trying it. To me that is actually pretty low much lower than most people tend to believe. If I update and the worst thing happens, it trashes my data file and the program is totally useless, I can restore my data file and I can go back to a previous version so what is the real risk?

    To me doing what the others have said wait a week come in see if it isn’t a total disaster, and then make sure I have a good back up and try it and maybe for a while do updates to my data in smaller increments so that I don’t have to go back as far to fix things, but other than that, I can’t think of what you would do other than give up and stay with what you got forever.

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  • RalphC
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    The "…real risks of NOT updating…" any software is security. As hackers find new holes in software, software engineers patch them in the next update. Don't forget that they're not doing this because they enjoy releasing patches, it's a business and they have to maintain a standard to stay in business. Failing to stay a step ahead of ne’er-do-wells would probably put a death knell on a piece of financial software.

    Also, you're reading a small sampling of Quicken users that are experiencing difficulties. Many are user error, lack of Quicken knowledge, and/or lack of GAAP knowledge. The vast majority of users routinely update with no issues, myself included.

  • Chris_QPW
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    @RalphC brings up a very good point, for the most part people come to this forum to report errors, not how good things are working. So the perspective on the reliability and bugs is skewed quite a bit.

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