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Unable To Open Quicken For Windows After Installation

Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article ID: GEN82789

Solution 1

Quicken for Windows may not start because a .NET file is missing from their computers. The program requires Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0.  Typically, .NET 4.0 is installed on Windows 7 or newer operating systems.

Quicken will prompt you to install .NET 4.0 when it is not present on your computer. However, if you need to install .NET 4.0, please use the FAQ link below.

Install Microsoft .Net framework 4.0:

There are some programs that may also require Microsoft .Net 4.5. To install Microsoft .Net framework 4.5:

Microsoft .Net framework 4.0 must installed first before installing Microsoft .Net framework 4.5.

If Microsoft .Net framework 4.5 is installed without Microsoft. Net 4.0, uninstall Microsoft.Net framework 4.5 then install Microsoft .Net framework 4.0 and reinstall Microsoft .Net framework 4.5.

Solution 2

The .NET Framework is an integral part of the Windows operating systems today, and we rely on the stability of integral system components.  If after installing the .Net 4.0 and .Net 4.5 framework, Quicken still does not open for you,  the .Net Framework installation may need to be repaired.  To repair your .Net installation, follow these steps:  

  1. Go to the Microsoft webpage below and scroll down to the "Fix it for me" section. Follow the directions to run the Fix it wizard.


  1. Attempt to start Quicken again.

If the issue persists, then follow the steps below to cleanup the .Net Framework installation, and reinstall it again

  1. Close all browser windows and programs.
  2. Download the .NET cleanup tool and save it on your desktop
  3. Run the tool by double-clicking the download on your desktop.
  4. Restart your computer, and then  install the .Net 4.0 and .Net 4.5 Framework from the links above. 
  5. Attempt to start Quicken again.  If the issue continues, you should reinstall Quicken.


Note: The updated version of the .NET cleanup tool above is courtesy of Aaron Stebner's WebLog. Stebner is a Microsoft employee and .NET expert.
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