Installing and Starting Quicken 2015

By Stephen L. Nelson

You install Quicken 2015 the same way that you install any program in Windows. If you already know how to install programs, you don’t need any help.

Quicken 2015 won’t run on Windows versions earlier than Windows Vista (with Service Pack 2) so if you want to run the latest version and you’re still white-knuckling with Windows XP, it’s time to upgrade.

If you need help installing Quicken, here are the step-by-step instructions. Installing Quicken from a CD is easy:

  1. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive.

    In a short amount of time, Quicken should display the Quicken 2015 Install wizard window. The window just reads Welcome to Quicken 2015!

    If you’re installing Quicken for the first time, there’s really nothing in the welcome window to talk about. However, if you’re upgrading to Quicken 2015 from an earlier version of Quicken, the Install wizard gets all chatty. For example, the Install wizard tells you that Quicken really cares about you and will automatically back up your existing data file.

    The wizard tells you it will not only install the new version of Quicken, but also uninstall the old version. Finally, the wizard tells you it’ll convert your “old version of Quicken” data to a format that works with Quicken 2015.

  2. Click Next.

    Quicken then displays a window that asks you a couple of questions:

    • Whether you accept the Quicken license agreement

    • Whether you’re okay with having Quicken send anonymous usage statistics to Intuit

    You can answer the Install wizard’s questions by selecting the check boxes in front of the questions.

  3. Click Let’s Go.

    Quicken displays the license agreement, which you should read, of course. But note that the license agreement window includes a couple of check boxes: one you check to indicate you agree to the license agreement, and one you check to indicate you and Quicken are “good” even if Quicken sends information about how you’re using the program to the folks at Intuit.

  4. Click Next.

    Quicken displays the next window of the Install wizard, which tells you things are about to start happening but which also, as a subtle aside, asks where you want to install Quicken. You should accept the program’s suggestion: a Quicken subfolder in your Program Files folder.

    If you do want to change the location Quicken uses to store your data, you click the installation location hyperlink (shown in the lower-left corner of the window), click the Change Install Location button when Quicken displays the next window, and then use the dialog box that Quicken displays next to choose a drive and folder for the file.

  5. Click Next.

    Quicken displays yet another window of the Install wizard, indicating that the wizard needs to install the Quicken software and may need to update the software, too. Assuming you’re okay with all this — and you should be — click the Install button.

    Quicken installs itself. This process takes a few minutes. Along the way, you may see other screenfuls of messages, including marketing information about the features new to Quicken and some progress reports on the installation itself.

    After the installation is complete, Quicken displays an installation complete message.

  6. Click Finish.

    Congratulations. You’re nearly done. You’ll need to restart your computer, so verify that the Reboot Now box is checked inside the dialog box that displays the installation complete message. Then click Finish.

You can purchase Quicken from the Intuit website. And if you do so, you don’t grab the installation program files from a CD but rather you grab them from the Intuit website. If you’re taking this approach, visit the website, click the Buy Now button, and then follow the onscreen instructions to download the installation program files.