I finally took the plunge and upgraded my Windows 7 PC (that was since upgraded to Windows 8.1) to Windows 10 and was very pleased with the outcome. Not only did Microsoft Money function perfectly, but I was surprised to see my entire desktop appear exactly the same as it was prior to the upgrade. I should mention that I don’t really like the live tiles Start Menu that Microsoft pushes and therefore use a program called Classic Shell to give me my Windows 7 desktop experience and that too carried over through the upgrade.
One program that “upgraded” itself that I didn’t care for is the Windows Calculator – the new one doesn’t even have the % key button, and there are a few other items that I don’t like as well. I was able to easily install the Windows 7 version by downloading the modified program at http://en.freedownloadmanager.org/Windows-PC/Old-Calculator-for-Windows-FREE.html but note that rather than overwrite the Windows 10 version, it installs as calc1.exe, so the Money keyboard shortcut will still bring up the newer version (calc.exe). Just pin a new shortcut to the taskbar to bring the calculator up instead.
The Windows 10 upgrade is free until July 29th, but I just leaned today that for those wishing to postpone the free upgrade past that date, they can do so by “claiming” your entitlement under the free upgrade offer and then rolling back to your prior operating system. With that entitlement in place, you can schedule the final upgrade for when you’re ready, even if that’s after July 29th. A step-by-step guide is presented at http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-lock-in-your-free-windows-10-upgrade-and-keep-using-your-old-windows-version/
Microsoft no longer seems to be using an Internet Explorer version longer than 15 characters, so at least for now, there is no need to alter the registry in order to get Money to function with Windows 10. I’m leaving all that advice in the blog though, just in case…