*.NPC files

What is the purpose of the .NPC file? It seems to go along with the dataset, but never seems to be updated and contains zero bytes.
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Not of much use to you, but that filetype is not even listed on Intuit's site in their Knowledge Base.
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Interesting, that FAQ doesn't mention the *.QTX file or the Q3.DIR file. And we know they exist, too. :-)
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Margaret
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"I upgrade every year, and it's been a long time since I recall seeing a .NPC file."
I also have them with my Q2005 file sets. If you open the file with Notepad, you'll see a list of vendors (credit cards and banks etc.) and what appears to be a vendor number along with "Centralized Billing" and "Pay On-line" repeated over and over. I think it belongs to Quicken Bill Pay.
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What version are you using? I vaguely remember seeing a .NPC file, but it was *ages* ago. Three are no .NPC files with Q2005 or Q2006.
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I'm using 2005 Deluxe -- perhaps the NPC is an artifact from my earlier version?
Thanks so much.
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I would think so. I upgrade every year, and it's been a long time since I recall seeing a .NPC file. I wish I could remember how many years it's been, but it escapes me. Sorry.
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Margaret Wilson wrote:

I have them with Q2005 and Q2006 filesets.
Intuit does not know of *any* version of Quicken that had this particular extension. The oldest Quicken version I ever used was Q2000, so if this is a carryover, it could be as old as Q2000. But I do not recall ever seeing that extension until Q2005.
I have deleted a few that were part of test filesets and have not had any problems yet.
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I have 153 0 byte *.npc files, dating back to 4/2002. I had Q2002, then upgraded to 2005. Should I delete all those zero byte files? How much disk space does that get me back?
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Heh, I'd delete 'em just for aesthetics. ;-) Why keep unused files around? Intuit may have forgotten about .NPC files, but they were definitely there at one time, because I recall deleting them once I realized they weren't being used by Quicken anymore ... and because several of us have or have had them. When I upgrade to a new version of Quicken, I always check the dates on the files, and if I see that one or more are not being used, I back up my data, and move the file(s) out of my Quicken data directory. If Quicken is still running fine a week later, I blow the unused files away.
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I've now deleted (actually moved) my .NPC file with no visible bad results. There is also a *.QTX file which seems to be unaccessed. Is this in the same category?
Thanks to all for their help
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No. *.QTX contains your memorized transactions ... and perhaps your scheduled transactions too (not sure about that). I've got QP2006, and the file extensions used are:
*.IDX - not sure what this is, but it disappears when Q is open and reappears when Q is closed. *.QDF - data file *.QEL - electronic transaction download record *.QPH - security price history *.QTX - memorized (and perhaps scheduled) transactions
IIRC, this is the same fileset as in Q2005, but perhaps someone still using Q2005 can confirm or correct this statement. :-)
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Margaret Wilson wrote:

The .QTX file contains your tax planner info.
And I think it represents a good reason not to delete Quicken files that have not been used for a while. If you do not do tax planning for a while, the QTX file will not have been modified for a while ... but might still contain useful data.
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Dear John & Margaret,
Thanks again so much. The QTX stays and I shall undoubtedly (ugh!) have to plan taxes soon.
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Thanks for correcting me on that one, John. :-) Any idea what the *.IDX file is? :-)
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Yes, its an index created by Quicken to make some Quicken operations faster. If you delete it, Quicken will recreate it.
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"I upgrade every year, and it's been a long time since I recall seeing a .NPC file."
I also have them with my Q2005 file sets. If you open the file with Notepad, you'll see a list of vendors (credit cards and banks etc.) and what appears to be a vendor number along with "Centralized Billing" and "Pay On-line" reated over and over. I think it belongs to Quicken Billpay.
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John Pollard wrote:

I also have them with my Q2005 file sets. When I open the file with Notepad, I see a list of vendors (credit cards and banks etc.) and what appears to be a vendor number along with "Centralized Billing" and "Pay On-line" repeated over and over. I think it belongs to Quicken Bill Pay.
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Charlie K wrote:

You may be right.
Some things are still confusing me: 1.) Intuit hasn't heard of the extension 2.) I do not have Quicken Billpay; I have the extension in some Q2005 and Q2006 filesets, but not in others. 3.) All of my .npc files are empty
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John Pollard wrote:

I never have had Bill-Pay. That was just a guess. My file is only 14KB and is dated 12/24/2003 so whatever it was is probably no longer used. Here's a short paste of what's in my file:
4 110000105 Allstate Insurance Centralized Billing Pay On-Line IL 605323128 4 110000149 Usaa Insurance Centralized Billing Pay On-Line IL 605323128 4 110000233 Sunoco Centralized Billing Pay On-Line IL 605323128 4 110000326 L S Ayres Centralized Billing Pay On-Line IL 605323128 4 110000481 Nordstrom Centralized Billing Pay On-Line IL 605323128 2 110000509 Target Stores Centralized Billing Pay On-Line IL
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