Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

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Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby Frengineer » 25. Mar 2019, 19:10

I have Quicken 2004 in my Virtualbox on an Imac.
It is time to replace my Imac but I need to get the latest file out of Virtualbox on to my Imac so that I can copy it on to an XP machine which I intend to buy so as to continue using my Quicken.
Can any one help?

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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby socratis » 25. Mar 2019, 19:14

Frengineer wrote:I have Quicken 2004 in my Virtualbox on an Imac.
Actually... you don't. Quicken is an application that needs an OS to run. VirtualBox runs a variety of guest OSes. The missing link is: what's the guest OS that you run in VirtualBox, where Quicken actually runs?

Answer that and we could tell you how to transfer the files to your iMac.

If you are going to buy a new computer, what's that computer? You can't buy WinXP anymore, so, are you looking to buy a new Mac?
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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby Frengineer » 25. Mar 2019, 19:21

I'm not technical I'm afraid.
My Imac has v/box as an app and when I go into it it gives me an XP computer on which I have Quicken. I hope this makes sense.

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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby socratis » 25. Mar 2019, 19:25

Yes it does. You have a guest system that's running WinXP, and in there you're running Quicken. Great.

Now, you said that you're going to buy a new computer. What's that computer? Another Mac?

BTW, you sound like a fairly new user to VirtualBox. Since you are expected to know some basic terms before we engage in a meaningful discussion, I would suggest to start by reading three small chapters from the User Manual:
Or even better, read the whole chapter 1. First steps.
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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby Frengineer » 25. Mar 2019, 21:02

I'm not a new user in that I have been using it solely for Quicken 2004 for some years. It is now unsupported but still does all I require just for my own domestic finances, bank accounts and credit cards etc.
I have read what you ask but it is full of jargon, and very difficult for me to understand. I do get the general picture.
The new machine will be another Imac. I have the original Quicken disc which I understand will set me up in an XP situation.
I have very serious doubts about doing this on my own as I am on the wrong side of 80 and the technicalities involved are frightening.

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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby andyp73 » 25. Mar 2019, 21:22

You should be able to copy the "VirtualBox VMs" folder (containing all your VMs) to a backup drive (make sure it is formatted as something other than FAT32 otherwise files might get truncated). Copy them to the new iMac, re-install VirtualBox and re-register each VM using "Machine|Add..." in the manager and selecting the .vbox (Machine Definition) file of the VM.

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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby socratis » 25. Mar 2019, 21:54

In short, here's a simplified layout of what you have:
iMac
+- Home directory
|- Documents
|- Music
|- Pictures
+- VirtualBox VMs
+- Windows XP
+- Quicken

When you get your new iMac and you do a restore from a previous backup or a TimeMachine backup that's where your VMs are going to be.

Follow the registration process that Andy outlined, and you should be all set...
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Re: Transfer Quicken files on to Imac

Postby Frengineer » 26. Mar 2019, 20:25

Many thanks for all that, I will show it to my "helpers". The need for a new Imac is intensyfying!

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