MS Money is Dead but Money Sunset is Free

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I wasn’t paying attention last year, when it was announced that Money Goes Bust. Over the years, I have used Microsoft’s home budgeting software several times and I know people that are still using it.

On June 10th of 2009, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue Microsoft Money. That was a problem for several people then, and it continues to be a problem now. If you have an old copy of MS Money, it won’t install properly because it requires an online activation that is no longer supported.

One of my friends, Joanne, recently contacted me and said that she was having trouble installing something called Money Plus Sunset Deluxe. She was getting an error about corrupt autorun.inf, and the install was failing. I found the solution to that autorun problem, but I was curious about this new version of MS Money.

This Sunsetversion is free, and according to Microsoft,

Money Plus Sunset Deluxe is designed to be a replacement for expired versions of Money Plus Essentials, Money Plus Deluxe, and Money Plus Premium versions.

For those currently using MS Money, don’t panic. If you need to re-install MS Money for some reason, you can use the Sunset edition instead. There are also several alternatives to MS Money that can import your Money backup files. I recommend if your budgeting isn’t too complicated.

I decided to give Money Plus Sunset Deluxe a try. It’s only a 34mb download, and the installation is pretty simple. Below you can see screenshots as it installed on my machine.

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arrow-down-double-3 Download Microsoft Money Plus Sunset edition (Windows XP, Vista, 7)

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I always enjoyed using MS Money. If you are using it now, you may want to give Sunset a try. I expect that this free version will be available for a long time, and it does not require activation or a previous license.

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  • John

    might be free, you just have to be a programmer to get it to install

    • John – sorry to hear you had problems. I tried it before I wrote about it. For me, it installed effortlessly with no problems.

      • Jason

        Mine installed error free as well.

  • Jason

    I have been using MS Money since 2004 and am thankful MS put out their Sunset free version. it is simple and great if you want to keep your files locally. It sure beats Excel. :-)

  • x1134x

    Been stuck on money 2002, because when I upgraded to 2004 or 2006 they had removed features and/or required the passport configuration for features such as cash flow forecast. I found Money Sunset when reinstalling money 2002 after upgrading to windows 7. When I tried to update it, I found sunset. Sunset is awesome. I use a program called Macro Express to automatically download my online statements and import them into sunset, so it really CAN have the “online features” when coupled with Macro Express. Its nice to sit down to one program where all of your bank accounts, credit card accounts, student loans etc, are all up to date as of today, and its all done automatically. Email me at x1134x at hotmail dot com if you want help with setting up the macros.

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