Quicken 98/Quick Books Pro 99 Problems

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I read a thread below regarding Quicken 99 having Y2K problems. Since I used Quicken 98 up until 12/20/99 (before switching to Quickbooks Pro 99) I thought I would throw in my experiences with this software.

On Jan 1 the first thing I did was verify my network was working fine, files were being dated correctly, and my Access databases were not corrupted. Then I began using the accounting tools on Monday. Reports were not run until today. These reports are both Quick Books and Excel based. The Excel And Access versions are Office 95. I have 2000 but have not installed it yet (too lazy)

All the data seems to be intact and the software is functioning properly in BOTH Quicken 98 and Quick Books Pro 99. My decision to pursue no Y2K compliance updates for either of these programs was based in part on the following press release from Intuit:

"All Quicken customers in the U.S. either already have a version that meets Intuit's Year 2000 Compliant Standard or can easily obtain one via Intuit's Year 2000 Resource Center. The most recent updated versions of Quicken for Windows (versions 98, 99 and 2000) and Macintosh (versions 98 and 2000) meet Intuit's Year 2000 Compliant Standard. Intuit is offering Quicken Deluxe 98 for Windows or Macintosh as a free Year 2000 solution to customers who have non-compliant versions of Quicken or are concerned about the Y2K compliance of older versions"

A few minutes ago I contacted my accountant who converted me to Quick Books in December. She watches over several systems, including one company doing $30m annually.

Zero Problems. In fact she was jokingly peeved that I told her she should work all day New Years Eve running backups.

The previously posted article quotes some retired plastics guy as saying he downloaded an update and his Quicken 99 failed. I have installed Quicken and Quick Books at probably 10 companies. Out of those 10 I would say 2 had people using the software who were of medium skill in PC use. The other 8 were entirely capable of making "pilot errors" and calling them anything, including Y2K problems. Most of them were capable of crossing the skill hurdle of doing backups only with substantial prompting. I would imagine the plastics guy falls into this category.

I would also think that this cross-section of users is probably typical for Intuit users. None of my people has reported any Y2K errors at all. In fact, most of them are feeling somewhat sheepish about how worried they were regarding their private information systems.

I wonder how many consultants out there played on those fears and billed for God only knows how many hours of "Y2K preparation"? It never occurred to me last year, but I could easily have funded an extensive vacation on some nice island. I bet I made less than $300 total for the year from Y2K.

Crap. I should have tapped into those trillions. Honesty can be a real hindrance when it comes to making a living. ;-)

-- H.H. (dontscrewme_2000@yahoo.com), January 06, 2000

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