So you're running a version of Quicken that is 9 (Q10-->Q02) versions 'old'
and you're taking to task the OP for running a version of Windows that's
only 4 versions (7, Vista, XP, W98SE (maybe 5 if you want to count
Mellenium) old? So maybe W98SE "works for him" just as well as your Q works
I ran Q2002 & Win ME until last year. Q (I think) just couldn't handle the
size of my database anymore; fortunately, Q2008 was able to.
Q2002 did everything I needed, and the UI was great. There are only 2
things I like better in Q2008 (>30 splits & the fact that it could read my
DB), but there's a lot I don't like and I miss Q2002 to this day.
Win ME, on the other hand, I don't miss at all.
I still have a desktop sitting here with Win98se - runs great -
BUT.... mostly use our laptops with XP.
Every since I moved our laser printer from the Win98se machine,
to a stand-alone Axis printer server device connected to the home network,
the Win98se machine rarely gets turned on....
Actually had to migrate to the laptop for 99% usage
when Q2000 dropped the transaction downloading (every 3 years sunset)
and had to upgrade.... but next version would not install on Win98se
as the Quicken installer checked - and aborted if attempting to install on
since it was technically "unsupported" by Microsoft.
If not for the sunset issue of each version every couple of years,
I'd still be running on Win98se and Q2000.....
Personally, I found Windows XP to be a great improvement over Win98SE. Both
my kids run VISTA on their lap tops, but I don't miss it on my desktop.
I think (I think!) that's the release (XP) that enabled each application to
receive it's own address space (adopted the Windows NT kernel), so that a
failure in one app did not propagate to others, and as such, by and large
you can 'shoot' misbehaving apps through Task Manager and not destroy others
in the process. But as I get older, my memory starts to fail me. Prior to
XP, everything shared a single address space and misbehaving apps affected
others. Again, I could have my releases all messed up here.
I want to see what the jury says about Windows 7. My desktop doesn't seem
to handle the CD/DVD unit quite right, and my machine is running out of gas,
so a new desktop is probably in my future to run the newest Quicken (I had
to throw Quicken into this discussion to keep it on topic.)
Quicken Personal Financial Software discontinuation dates
Here are the dates older versions of Quicken were retired:
.. Quicken 2006 - April 30, 2009
.. Quicken 2005 - April 30, 2008
.. Quicken 2004 - April 30, 2007
.. Quicken 2003 - April 25, 2006
.. Quicken 2002 - April 19, 2005
.. Quicken 2001 - April 19, 2005
.. Quicken 2000 - May 18, 2004
.. Quicken 98 and 99 - April 20, 2004