This article was previously published under Q318843
If you've been managing your finances with the help of Microsoft Money, you should be aware that Microsoft discontinued all online services and assisted support for all versions of Money on January 31, 2011. (Microsoft discontinued sales of Money on June 20, 2009.) If you're looking for an alternative program, Microsoft has made the Money Plus Sunset versions available as a replacement for the following expired programs: Microsoft Money Essentials, Microsoft Money Deluxe, Microsoft Money Premium, Microsoft Money Home, and Microsoft Money Business. For more information about Money Plus Sunset, refer to this article in the Microsoft Knowledge base: What Is Microsoft Money Plus Sunset?
When you use Microsoft Money to open a Money backup file or a Money data file, Money prompts you to enter a password even though you have not assigned a password to your file.
This behavior may occur if the backup file or the data file is from a version of Money that is later than the version of Money that you are trying to use. Microsoft Money Plus is the most current version of Money that is available.
To work around this behavior, install the latest version of Money that corresponds to the version of your data file, or install the most current version of Microsoft Money. Money is designed to be backward compatible with earlier Money data files. For example, if you currently have Money 2006 installed on your computer, you should be able to open a Microsoft Money 2004 data file.
Note Different versions of Money data files use different file extensions when the files are converted. You can use the following table to determine the version of Money that corresponds to your data file: