If you're a Quicken user, you probably know that unless you upgrade at least once every three years, you'll be cut off from all online services -- such as bill paying, and downloading banking or credit card transactions -- by April 30 of the third year. Then there were the changes Intuit had made to the program's user interface over the years that forced me to change my habits every 12 months. Last year, after checking out the new features and the user reviews for Quicken 2014 on Amazon (users gave it roughly three stars out of five), I decided to hold out for a third and final year. Angry users have called it plenty of you upgrade Quicken every year? But a few years ago, I began to question whether each new version's bells and whistles, many of which I didn't need, were worth the price.Since I rarely buy a new version of software until it has been on the market for a few months (enough time for the most serious bugs to have been fixed), I bided my time by checking into the remaining alternatives to Quicken.(The product's biggest competitor, Microsoft Money, had been discontinued in 2009).The Quicken software will compare the new download with older information to record only new transactions and eliminate any duplicates. Intuit no longer supports previous versions of Quicken.Vanguard cannot provide technical support for Quicken.Quicken 2006 itself installs on even the latest Windows 10 (2016) just fine. [As an aside, it is just amazing that Windows 10 has kept compatibility alive for old software - Quicken 2006, as well as the Send Keys method used by the script below! ] There is certainly no technical decision to disable automatic stock price updates - it is just a marketing push, so make people upgrade even if they do not desire to move to a new version.
Quicken service upgrade instructions: We're upgrading our transaction download service.It effectively becomes a read-only snapshot of your data as of the date of expiration. So in 2018 you can't go back to an earlier version like 2016 or 2015 and manually update your data.This breaks the trust between Quicken and its user base. By subscribing to this new model you also consent to this new extortion racket. Think long and hard before you pull the trigger on Q2017.For technical assistance, we recommend visiting Intuit's website or calling 888-311-7276 (charges may apply).For general questions about downloading transaction information from vanguard.com, call Vanguard at 888-353-0547.