How to use Microsoft Money on Windows 10

Many of you may be aware of Microsoft Money and have used it in the past. For those, who’re hearing this name for the very first time, let me know you that it’s a personal finance management software program from Microsoft. It has capabilities for viewing bank account balances, creating budgets, and tracking expenses, among other features. However, Microsoft Money has been discontinued in year 2009 by the company and they released an alternative named Microsoft Money Plus Sunset in 2010, but it lacks some features that were provided by former version.

Due to this reason, we have found that many people who’re dependent upon this software are still using Microsoft Money. Till Windows 8.1, folks easily managed to go with earlier versions. But now with Windows 10, the software is completely challenged due to compatibility issues. Hence, the software doesn’t seems working on Windows 10 and following error appears when its launched:

Money requires Internet Explorer 6 to function properly. Please reinstall Internet Explorer 6 so these components can be added.

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So how do you make this software working with Windows 10? Well, if you follow the answer of this Microsoft Community thread, you can make this program work on the new OS. Here is what you need to do:

Use Microsoft Money on Windows 10

It is recommended that you create a System Restore point before trying the steps mentioned below.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.Regedit-W-10

2. Navigate to following registry location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WoW6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer

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3. At this registry location, highlight the Internet Explorer key in the left pane. Then in corresponding right pane, look for the registry string named Version, its default value is set to 9.11.10240.16384. Double click on it to change its Value data.

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4. In the above box, change the Value data and set it to 9.11.10240.0.

Click OK, restart your system to make changes effective. After rebooting the machine, open Microsoft Money and it should work fine now.

PS: If you later plan to discard using Microsoft Money, we suggest that you to restore the registry string’s original Value data mentioned in step 3.

Hope this works for you.

You may also want to check out some more free Personal Finance & Business Accounting Software.

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.

52 Comments

  1. Jake

    Hello, I downloaded windows 10 today to discover that MS Money won’t work with 10. I tried this fix and rebooted multiple times but still receive the same error message.

    Any suggestions?

  2. ^^ Okay, then suggest you to restore registry to original configuration and install the Microsoft Money Sunset version on Windows 10 and run that in compatibility mode.

    https://www.thewindowsclub.com/download-microsoft-money-plus-sunset-versions-for-free

  3. Crumbs

    Downloaded Windows 10 today, MS Money would not work without Explorer 6. So I tried to download it but it would not download (something missing apparently). Followed the above fix and it worked perfectly, now able to use MS Money again, Thank you.

  4. Ed Saller

    what are the consequences of changing the registry on Windows 10? How will other programs be affected?

  5. John Hunt

    Kapil – a brilliant fix that seems to work perfectly, many thanks

  6. dampoort

    I changed the registry according to your instructions and Money worked fine… for one hour. Then it froze and with it the whole computer. Any other suggestions?

  7. Guest4158

    After MUCH gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair I finally came across these instructions for MAKING my computer accept my Microsoft Money 2004 program. It appears that it WORKS!!! I was able to restore my backup from my flash drive and all is well. The only thing that is glitchy is that it INSISTS on trying to backup to a ‘floppy disc drive’, which, of course, neither I nor ANYbody has anymore. I am able to back up to my hard drive and THEN copy to a flash drive, so…YAYAYAYAY!!!
    I can’t tell you how grateful I am – my Money program goes back to 1997!!!
    It is a good day…

  8. al_and_his_920

    Good afternoon and thanks for this fix for MS-Money. I simply followed the instructions to the letter, rebooted and found everything running as it did on W8.1. GREAT WORK, KAPIL!!!

  9. Phil Black

    Hell, I have try all this. And comes up with message. The Window update: internet explorer and internet tools cannot be installed on this computer. This product does not install on 64-bi platforms. As my laptop is just new.

  10. Mark

    Hi, thanks for this useful info. Apart from making the change to the registry, is it also necessary to make IE11 your default browser instead of Edge when installing W10?
    Thanks for advice

  11. Mrs WFL

    Downloaded Windows 10 a while back and yep got the error message. Eventually was brave and tried the fixed today with Money Sunset version and it worked. Many many thanks

  12. Colin Johnson

    I am using Widows 10 on a new Lenova Computer that I purchased a month ago. I downloaded Microsoft Money plus Sunset and transferred my back up files from my old computer. It has worked perfectly for a month but now crashes when I try to input a new Payment supplier in my bank account. I can process transactions for existing suppliers but not new ones.

  13. Colin Johnson

    Re my previous post. I have now uninstalled Microsoft Money Sunset and removed all the backup files from my computer. I then started afresh downloading the system again and input all my initial data without all the history. Guess what the system crashed when I tried to put the first transaction through. I am convinced that this system no longer works with Windows 10. Do’nt waste your time using it.

  14. Mark

    Can someone please explain this? Based on the story above and the comments below I decided to wait with my Windows 10 installation. (with Money) Today I used the laptop of my son for a test. Last week this laptop was upgraded to Windows 10.
    Today I did a fresh install of Sunset Money Plus Deluxe on this laptop. After installation I checked for updates. Rebooted the system, opened Window 10, opened Money and selected a copy of my original Money file. Money opened without problems. I could do everything I was used to. Added transactions, payees, categories, ran reports etc. No crashes at all………. No pop-up complaining about a missing IE6…
    Does this mean that Microsoft created some kind of patch even though they don’t support Money anymore? I don’t understand why Money runs without problems, looking at all ‘desasters’ described on this forum and many others.
    Any suggestions?

  15. Paul Heaberlin

    Ok, MS Money works, but when I download my bank info to update, it crashes. How do I fix it?

  16. Tony D

    That’s the problem I”m having as well. As soon as Money detects downloaded transactions, it crashes. Have not seen any posts related to how to fix this one.

  17. John Heim

    I followed your instructions and it did not work. I did notice that when I went to change “Version” the one above it (svcVersion) was 11.0.10240.16431 and not 11.0.10240.16384 as you show in your example. Does this make a difference?

  18. Doxie Mom

    Having same issue. It’s a pain to do it but I’m going into my list of payees and adding new ones there. Then when I go to input the receipt it will take the transaction. My simple work around for now.

  19. Harast

    Having upgraded to Windows 10 from 8.1 MS Money refused to let me enter a new payee. I followed the instructions to modify the registry but to no avail. I determined from chat comments that my problem arose from my 64 bit laptop. There seems to be a difference when comparing 32 and 64 bit machines. I have now rebooted Windows 8.1 pending successfully pending any useful contributions for a 64 bit machine. Any comments?

  20. Melanie Drake French

    Me, too – crashes afte downloading transaction – need help!!!!

  21. Melanie Drake French

    my registry does not show the versions as above – is there another issue

  22. Russell Wade

    There is no need for this registry hack (which may have other unforeseen consequences). I am running Money 2004 quite happily in Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, just by running it in compatibility mode. To do it, right-click on the Money icon in the start menu and select “Open file location”. Then right click the money shortcut icon in the folder that opens (it should already be selected), select “Properties” and then and go to the Compatibility tab. Select the Windows mode you want to use. I found it works perfectly in Windows 8 mode and in Windows XP SP2 mode, so presumably any version in between would also work (I don’t think it should make any difference which one you choose).

  23. Russell Wade

    Let me share my own experience on this in case it helps anyone. After upgrading my desktop PC to Win 10 Pro (64 bit) I could not get Money 2004 to run until I used this registry hack. Since then, I have done a clean install of Windows 10 (you have to go through the upgrade route before you can do a fresh install otherwise you can’t activate). After that, a re-install of Money 2004 is working perfectly without this registry hack. I have since done a clean install of Windows 10 Pro (32 bit) on my laptop, and again Money 2004 runs on it no problem without any modifications. If you know what you’re doing and have backups of ALL your data I would recommend the fresh Windows install route anyway, as it clears so much accumulated cr*p off your hard disk and the registry. The machine is as good as new and Windows 10 is super quick. If you can’t face doing a fresh install then it may be worth trying just reinstalling Money, or running it in Windows 8 compatibility mode. I don’t know if that would work as I haven’t seen anyone report on it one way or the other, but it could be worth a try.

  24. Roy

    I’m so so happy! I have Money 2000 and I purchased a new Laptop with Windows 10. I installed Money 2000 on Windows 10 thinking it wouldn’t work. It opened up fine. I then restored a file from my Windows 7 computer and it all works great! Who would have thought!

  25. Dick Miller

    you would think that Microsoft would fix this, I depended on this program and have used MS money for a decade or more. Now I am up a creek !

  26. millerpa@gci.net

    I was Leary messing with the registry but I have got to tell you it worked !!!

  27. Dick Miller

    Try updating windows, my entire computer worked better after ding that today.

  28. Peter Head

    I’ve yet to install Win10 – am currently running 8.1. We have been using Microsoft Money since I don’t know when and the thought of not being able to use such an old friend is more than a little sad, since it has served our purposes very well.

    Obviously, eventually we will have to bite the Win10 bullet, so I have had a look at what is held in the relevant registry location. It is 9.11.9600.18125. Should I change it to the value given above, or to 9.11.9600.0?

    I think I may have to look at other software to cover the possibility that Money falls over completely.

  29. PSingh

    I just formated hd and moved to Win 7 64 bit. When I extract the file from Microsoft it keeps saying Autorun.inf is missing or corrupt. Any suggestion please ?Like others I have more than 10 years of financial data in this program.

  30. Ilga Janouskovec

    Thanks to Kapil Arya my Microsoft Money works again after changing the registry value. I would be spending a lot of time trying to trouble shoot this problem if it weren’t for generous people like Kapil Arya. Thanks so very much for taking the time to post this solution!!

  31. Mike Healy

    I am currently running MS Money 95 on my PC using Windows 7 – 20 years of data and running perfectly. I am worried that I could lose all the data and not be able to use the program on Windows 10. I am not very PC literate, and usually get my local PC provider to do an annual update and tune-up, so I would ask him to do the update for me – I an registered with MS for the upgrade – as soon as he gives me the word. what precautions should I get him to take and is there any risk at all of losing this program?

  32. Frank

    Installed Ms Money Sunset this weekend. Does anyone know if ‘category and sub-category’ is converted. If so, how do I see them? Still stumbling around.

  33. Don Iverson

    I took the easy route. Loaded Windows 10, tried to run MS Money Sunset and when it wouldn’t run I said yep “Microsoft F’d up again.”
    Then re-installed Windows 7 and I just keep on doing what I’ve been doing.
    Looked today to see if they’ve fixed their mess-up and nope.

  34. Dave

    6/10/16 Yesterday I was using MS Money on my old XP computer. Just to see what happens I downloaded the Sunset version to my Windows 10 laptop and transferred my MS Money files from my XP computer. The unexpected happened. It worked! I don’t use the connect to banking or CC card feature. I only use the manual entry portion of the program.

    If I remember correctly when I tried this when windows 10 first came out it did not work. I wonder if Microsoft changed a setting in recent update to allow MS Money to work.

    I would be very interested to know if anyone has tried this recently and has had similar success.

    Dave

  35. dave

    BTW, I am using Chrome.

    Dave

  36. Mark Wooldridge

    Hi Dave. I am no expert but I think that MS started to include a version of IE 11 in their Windows 10 build as well as the awful Edge. I think this is why it now works – it didn’t like Edge but is OK with IE 11

  37. tim l.

    Bought a new computer last week. Was resigned to fact that would have problems running Money with Windows 10 but thought I’d give it a go before I started modifying registry etc etc. Guess what – it installed with no problems and now runs ok. Had a few issues with path for backups to hard drive but a bit of playing about with file names solved that.. And money still insists on backing up to a floppy. No problems there as have an old external usb floppy drive……. !!

  38. James Kirby

    Hi team, a new member here. After upgrading to windows 10 I used this fix to successfully continue using Money 99 (all my financial data is there, and it does all I want it to do…). Then, recently (September 2016) MS installed a “critical update” which allowed MS Money 99 to start… but which would then just hang after you tried to start using it. The programme was “not responding” and no amount of waiting would bring it back. The IE version had changed in reg, but I reset it to 9.11.10240.0, as originally suggested… and it still just starts and then hangs. Any ideas? Many thanks, James.

  39. I guess Microsoft changed something. Run it in Compatibility Mode and see if it works.

  40. James Kirby

    Hi Anand – yep, I finally tried that: selecting the Money 99 Icon from the start menu, and right clicking, and selecting properties, and then compatability seeings, I tried running it “as if under” windows 7, which still did not work, then under Windows 95, which worked perfectly! Many thanks, James.

  41. smayer97

    Why not upgrade to MS MOney Sunset version, which I understand is MS Money 2007? You benefit from updated features too.

  42. James Kirby

    Hi, it’s said that MS Money Sunset version (a USA-only product) won’t open UK ofx files. But… I’ve downloaded Sunset and will give it a go! Many thanks, James.

  43. RobAlex

    I’ve never had a problem running my version of MS Money on Windows 10. Since Money is the main reason I use any Windows computers, I decided to try to run it on my Mac using Parallels. Win 10 runs great as a vm under Parallels but Money is one program that won’t run. My registry settings were already as suggested so no changes needed there. But Money still won’t run. Anyone have luck running MS Money in Parallels?

  44. Eric J. Schulman

    I have a new Dell laptop with Win 10 Pro, and I am not able to backup. I am working with Microsoft Money Plus Deluxe. It keeps telling me that “Microsoft Money has stopped working” and the program closes immediately. Anyone have any answers? Thanks in advance. Eric

  45. Ajay

    This worked for me. Thanks a lot. Really appreciate your post here.

  46. marty

    I been using MS Money for years
    just got a windoz 10 pc
    is there any software out there that will convert my ms money data into their software data format , don’t care what software it is
    just don’t want to LOSE my data or use 2 computers for this issue

  47. Joe D

    I did as you suggested, still getting the same error. Just wanted to point out that, my default VersionValue data was 9.11.16299.0 (which I changed to 9.11.10240.0). Please advise. Thank you.

  48. Cathy Kerr

    Hi, just got a new laptop with Windows 10 and running Chrome as my internet explorer (I prefer how it looks but I have Edge also on the laptop) On going to the regedit my version is 9.11.16299.0 – changing this to 9.11.10240.0 doesn’t enable me to start money (in terms of reinstalling back up) I can start a new file but that’s no use to me – any ideas people?

  49. Bryan Eldridge Hurst

    I’m having a different problem – I’m getting an error message that says “C:WindowsSystem32rasadhlp.dll is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error,” etc. I had installed MS Money 2006 on my relatively new HP laptop, and never had any issues with it until the latest Windows 10 update. I’ve tried reinstalling, uninstalling and installing Sunset Edition… I never get the error message this article talks about, just the one about the .dll file. I don’t know if anyone is still monitoring this comment thread, but if you are, and have any suggestions, it would be very much appreciated!

  50. MarkML

    I have been running MS Money since 1998, and gave the last retail pro version made, along with the Sunset version. I have installed it on various PCs & laptops, including the most recent Windows version. Never had any issue, which is good because I depend upon my custom categories for tracking budgets, personal business, and reports for tax purposes. Still love the program and gave no issues. Where I may differ from those that are experiencing issues is that, I enter my transactions individually and manually, as if using an old school register. I manually balance accounts using my entries against the bank statement. I do not attempt to download statements and let the software reconcile. Perhaps this creates an issue, due to the changes in the support of the sunset version, or lack thereof. I fully customize my categories, and get creative in order to add, track, and balance certain accts, all w/o issue. I’m a little OCD with the amount of category breakdowns I track, but I can spit out a category report that I can use to complete taxes or give it to a tax acct, who can use it easily to complete personal and small business taxes. The only issue I have found is in invoicing. It is difficult to print a suitably formatted and detailed invoice, without some tricks. Nevertheless, despite numerous computer changes, different OSs, I have been able to import my files and run this program successfully for 20 years. I’d be lost without it.

  51. ThaBob ZumaGabe

    Got new PC with Windows 10. Installed MS Money 99 from original CD disc and it works without any workarounds !! Just be patient, it takes a while to get through all the screen messages

  52. ThaBob ZumaGabe

    Very Easy fix. I use MS Money 99 and typed “previous versions” in the search box of settings in Windows 10. You then get “run programs made for previous versions of windows”. Click on that and you get to a compatibility troubleshooter. work through that and, VOILA, MS Money gets modified to work !!!

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