Quicken changeover to subscription-based on Windows 10

Friday, November 30, 2018

I'm one of those folks that settled into a routine of upgrading Quicken every three years. It worked fine. Until today, I was running Quicken 2016 Deluxe and am now ready to upgrade to Quicken 2019 Premier.

I'm aware that from now on, it's an annual subscription. That's fine with me. And the reason I went with Premier is that I theoretically will get quicker support. That can't hurt, although in the past few years, since Quicken slipped out of Intuit's hands, it's been much better. Not much breakage.

So here I sit, wondering if I should uninstall my Quicken Deluxe 2016 before installing my new Quicken 2019 Premier. I can't seem to find advice, but there's no harm. I'd rather be safe than sorry, as I've seen some reports of difficulties installing.

I used this advice and here it is adapted for my needs.

  1. Backup your Quicken data
  2. Close Quicken
  3. Uninstall Quicken using Add/Remove
  4. Reboot your computer
  5. Run ccleaner
  6. Download and save QcleanUI.exe and MSICLEAN.exe to the same folder. 
  7. From that folder, double-click QcleanUI.exe.
  8. Select Clean all versions, and then click Clean.  
  9. Select Quit to close QcleanUI.
  10. Make sure you can see all hidden files.
  11. Find any remaining Quicken or Intuit folders, and rename them. You might find them in C:\Program Data, C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming and C:\Program Files (x86)
  12. Restart your computer and install Quicken again.

   More Notes
  1. I bought it from the quicken site with a discount. Total was 44.99 plus tax for the Premier 2019 version.
  2. From now on I will pay annually on 11/30
  3. Autorenew is on