Running Quickbooks 2005 on Windows Vista...

(If you want to get straight to how to run QuickBooks on Vista without reading my blather click here

It's the week before my VAT return is due and I start thinking I should wade into that pile of paper in the corner and sort out my accounts. Why do I always leave it to the last minute I ask myself as I frantically install QuickBooks Regular 2005 on my new Windows Vista machine (my old XP machine, which is actually FAR better than the Vista one is sat in the corner gathering dust).

You can probably guess whats coming here...

I click on the QuickBooks ison and...

...ERROR!...

I knew it!

Firstly I phone my accountant. She's as helpful as ever and seems as annoyed as I am that it isn't working. She suggests an upgrade which is what I was thinking so I hit the QB website. No upgrade info - just a new version of QB Pro 2008 for £299.99. Thats steep for something I hate doing, I think. So, with a due sense of dread, I call the support line. They want thirty five quid to 'go through some steps' or I can upgrade (I can't help feeling he just wants to get rid of me). So now I'm thinking I can solve this myself but I'll have a gander at the price of an upgrade first. It can't be more that 50barr as my original full version was only about £130. He puts me through...

THREE HUNDRED AND TEN POUNDS!!!!

So an upgrade is more than the new version? I say... No, he says, its the same... No, I say, its not...

Eventually I get him to agree that its more and that there is actually NO upgrade, just a new product - for less - and hang up.

I open Google and within seconds find out:

How to get QuickBooks 2005 to run on Vista:

1. Locate the program file 'qbw32.exe'. The easiest way to do this is right-click on the shortcut icon and cut and paste the Target field under the Shortcut tag (without the end bit - 'qbw32.exe') into Explorer.

2. Right-click on 'qbw32.exe' and and select 'Properties'. A Properties window will open. (You may need to have administrator priviledges or something to do this. Who knows.)

3. Click on the 'Compatibility' tag.

4. Check 'Run this program in compatibility mode for:' and select: 'Windows XP (Service Pack 2)' from the drop-down.

5. Check 'Run this program as an administrator' near the bottom. (You really, really might need to have administrator priviledges for this).

6. Hit the 'Apply' and / or 'OK' button and your done. Run your QB 2005 and smile smuggly whilst you use it. Occasionally I shout HA! when I think they wanted to charge me at least £35 for this! Don't let them get away with it...

Cheers yo!