Thanks to the following post by Geoff King I finally managed to install Quicken 2004 onto my Windows 8.1 computer: The steps I took to run Quicken 2004 on Windows7 Professional Solved – Windows 7 Help Forums.
I used the third set of instructions titled ‘Successful Installation into native Windows 7’ as my guide – and what follows here is an almost word-for-word duplication but based on my additional experience on Windows 8.1 (essentially, my experience did not differ greatly if at all, but a couple of the warnings and caveats did not occur for me, so I wanted to concentrate on what worked for me)
- Before installing Quicken, I copied the complete set of Quicken installation files from the Quicken product disc on to a new folder on my C: drive.
- I then changed the properties of the setup.exe program within this folder by ticking “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and selecting ‘Windows XP (Service Pack 3)’ and ticked “Run this program as an administrator”.
- I ran setup.exe and prevented Quicken from loading at the end of the installation by de-selecting that option from the installation dialogue.
- Quicken got installed in ‘c:\Program Files (x86)’. Several sources of information about installing this tool say you need to download dlls files from Windows XP named mfc70.dll, msvcr70.dll and msvcp70.dll, but I found the files were already present;
- I set up a shortcut on the desktop pointing to C:\Program Files(x86)\Quicken\qw.exe and pinned this to the TaskBar and to the Start menu – I set up both to be run in compatibility mode for ”Windows XP (Service Pack 3)”, and also ‘Run as Administrator’ in the Compatibility options tab.
In my experience: Not running as administrator allowed the application to run and work to open old files, but attempting to run the backup just seemed to stall the software; it became unresponsive and did nothing (outputting no errors).
I did not experience the issues discussed by the original poster about messages like “Quicken is not currently the application configured for handling Web Connect data..” so if you see those errors you may need to refer to the original post.
Hopefully this post will help someone like me install the software – and just in case you are wondering why anyone would still be using 10-year-old software there are two answers: a) it still does everything I need, and b) Intuit stopped supporting UK customers of Quicken in … you guessed it… 2004
UPDATE 14/02/2017: In previous months I have successfully been running Quicken 2004 on Windows 10 Pro x64 using the above procedure; though with one additional caveat; attempting to backup using Quicken just seems to hang the executable; you just need to remember to cancel every time the program suggests you create a backup. As I have other backup mechanisms for the files, this does not seem overly risky to me.