Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Post by Dick Watso » Mon, 20 Nov 2006 08:07:58


It took me a minute to find the CD. It took another couple of minutes to
find where the EULA file is hidden.

This is copied from mny12eula.txt as packed in the upgrade.cab file of a M04
Deluxe CD:

2. DESCRIPTION OF OTHER RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS.
Expiration of Online Services. In accordance with the Microsoft Money
2004 Online Services Policy, you will not be able to use the Online Services
of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT (such as the ability to automatically and online:
1) track and update your accounts and investment values inside the SOFTWARE
PRODUCT, 2) synchronize financial data with MSNMoney, 3) pay bills, and 4)
communicate with your financial institutions) after expiration of the
following time periods:
Microsoft Money 2004 Deluxe/Microsoft Money 2004 Premium/Microsoft Money
2004 Small Business: The earlier of three (3) years after your activation
of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or September 1, 2007.
Microsoft Money 2004 Standard: The earlier of two (2) years after your
activation of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or September 1, 2006.

Reads to me like Microsoft just screwed anybody who installed Microsoft
Money 2004 Deluxe/Microsoft Money 2004 Premium/Microsoft Money 2004 Small
Business after November 16, 2003. That's only about two or three months
after RTM. This could be a good portion of the total user base of those
editions.

Another Really Smooth Move demonstrating what Microsoft thinks of Money
users.



>I am pretty sure its two years from installation date I beleive I typed th>
>wrong value in my earlier post looking for the agreement now to check o>
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Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Post by Dick Watso » Tue, 21 Nov 2006 10:19:33

One more Q: how'd you come by an M04 in very late 2005? Did you have it and
just not get around to trying it? (The scenario I'm considering: you bought
an open box on Ebay or some such.) I'm not saying that it wasn't readily
possible to buy a sealed M04 in late M05 nor that you are cheating--just
want the data point.

Beyond that, it's a good data point. I think we need to accumulate some more
and these this will make for an interesting test of what the EULA means. I'm
not sure, however, that it'll matter. If they want to zap the old copies,
they're going to do it. Microsoft has never been known for being long on
scruples or much concern for their users, remember.

Anybody else want to dive in with data points indicating that Online
Services expired before the EULA said they would?

 
 
 

Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Post by Alex Khai » Tue, 21 Nov 2006 11:06:27


Yes. It was still sealed when I got around to installing it.
I wanted to leapfrog to M'06 but then I found your web site :).

I really don't know what I'm going to do. Long term, it is indeed risky to
run obsolete software.
But it seems jury is still out on M'07.

Alex Khain
Portland, OR, USA
(remove the digit from the reply address)
 
 
 

Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Post by Mark Hor » Tue, 21 Nov 2006 16:48:56


Well, I'm quite certain that I didn't purchase M04 until around
Jan/Feb 04. I've never purchased a single copy of Money. I've
always waited until CompUSA (usually) had it bundled with TaxCut.
Typically, I've paid around $25 for TaxCut, TaxCut State & Money.

So, I'm 100% certain that the very first time that I installed Money
2004 Deluxe is less than 3 years ago. Although I don't know the
exact date. January 04 would have been the earliest and April 04
would have been the latest.

(Just another data point.)
 
 
 

Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Post by L Crame » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 09:45:33

In my case, *** , I bought M2004 Prem in Aug 2005 from Amazon after someone
on this board pointed out its value: $12, 3 years of online service, and
its superiority to the then current offering. Well, I guess $12 for 1 year
and 2 months of service isn't too bad a deal. My Eula says:

"Microsoft Money 2004 Deluxe/Microsoft Money 2004 Premium/Microsoft Money
2004 Small Business: The earlier of three (3) years after your activation
of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT or September 1, 2007."



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Money 2004 Premium online services expired a year too soon

Post by Dick Watso » Wed, 22 Nov 2006 10:16:01

Read some other thread tails on this subject. Apparently the change they
made overshot the situation. They have a new update that will put you back
in business until the EULA says they will expire you.