Quicken Premier 2008
Manufacturer: Intuit Inc. Part number: 403615
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- Reviewed by: Jeff Bertolucci
- Edited by: Elsa Wenzel
- Reviewed on: 09/05/2007
The good: Quicken 2008 works with more than 5,300 online financial institutions, offers some helpful feature and interface improvements, adds new Bill Minder Gadget for Windows Vista users, TurboTax integration, free chat, and e-mail help.
The bad: Quicken 2008 is a minor upgrade with few new features; installation dumps icons on your Windows desktop.
The bottom line: Quicken 2008 is a solid finance package and a great choice for novices, but there isn't a compelling reason to upgrade from the 2007 version.
Honest Review of Quicken 07, 08 and now 09
by Amwhoam on April 17, 2009
Pros: Runs Stable, Connects to my bank perfectly for instant Online banking. Keeps good records, installs cleanly (on XP pro SP2 anyway.. I won't have Vista so I couldn't tell you). Good security.
Cons: Seems to be useless for taxes if you us direct deposit. Nagging popup to register online with quicken (but there is a disable for this but it's not easy to find, had to call Tech support.. see below).
Summary: 1. Is it perfect, of course not but I've used all the Quickens since 2007 and have had a positive experience with them all. If you want to do ...
Summary: 1. Is it perfect, of course not but I've used all the Quickens since 2007 and have had a positive experience with them all. If you want to do online banking you must call your bank first and let them know you intend to do this with software and then what program you use.
2. Security. Many are leery of online money transactions esp. banking. I personally have NEVER had any problems. Quicken IS secure software but it's also a function of your computer's overall security. Mine is air tight. However if you use Norton or McAfee I suggest you dump it and go with NOD32, AVG, Avast.
3. If you want to bank online there is an annoying Nag for registering with quicken to halt this do the following (note you must have already set up a some account in quicken. Open Quicken. Hold down the SHIFT + CONTL keys simultaneously. Then with those keys held, go to the tool bar at the top and click on ONLINE then click ONE STEP UPDATE. A message should get a appear saying that you will never be asked to update again.
Taxes. This is useless as I have direct deposit and only my NET income is entered, not my taxable gross or any of my tax info. So I do my taxes other ways.
All in all it's a decent, secure way to run your personal finances. I'll stick with it.
Believe the longtime users. Don't buy this.
by sl6502 on April 10, 2009
Pros: When first installed with a few simple accounts, it works fine.
Cons: Becomes unstable with use. Crippling bugs render the program useless. Horrid support from Intuit, with no fixes and no responses to many of the serious problems reported. Forced upgrade every 3 years (or loss of update functionality).
Summary: I'm a 15 year user of Quicken and echo the observations of innumerable other longtime users. Once a useful, reliable product with good support from a respected company, Quicken ...
Summary: I'm a 15 year user of Quicken and echo the observations of innumerable other longtime users. Once a useful, reliable product with good support from a respected company, Quicken has become almost universally despised by its veteran users. It is badly bloated software, a huge resource hog, and highly unstable and unreliable for many of its users. My version no longer functions, freezing Quicken as well as Vista when I try to download new transactions and requiring a hard reboot.
Each new version brings more bloat, more bugs, more marketing crap and fewer actual features. Highly used features (QIF import) are removed. Chronic customer requests and complaints go unanswered. Way to go Intuit.
Don't take my word for it. Read all the Quicken reviews you can find. I've read hundreds of reviews over the years, and almost none written by longtime users have anything positive to say about Quicken or Intuit.
Win a trip to the Federal Penitentiary
by baddawgg on April 6, 2009
Pros: Does a good job of keeping track of my finances
Cons: Does not reflect back when the bank doesn't follow through on an online payment
Major problem with the "automatic renaming" feature could get you in serious trouble.
Summary: Quicken tries to give you simplified names for transactions downloaded from your bank. Unlike the spell checker in your word processor, Quicken gets it wrong over 80% of the time. ...
Summary: Quicken tries to give you simplified names for transactions downloaded from your bank. Unlike the spell checker in your word processor, Quicken gets it wrong over 80% of the time. If your financial transactions include a lot of tax-deductible as well as non-deductable items, this feature could get you in trouble with the IRS.
CNET Review Staff has gone down hill.
by RegularJoe79 on November 3, 2008
Pros: Investment center and portfolio are nice to track.
Cons: Inaccuracy to update accounts - the most important reason for the program.
Summary: I have been using Quicken 2008 and one thing is consistent with the program, it inability to accurately download statements and update the accounts. Once everything is downloaded and quicken ...
Summary: I have been using Quicken 2008 and one thing is consistent with the program, it inability to accurately download statements and update the accounts. Once everything is downloaded and quicken gives me the green check mark (stating everything's updated), my bank accounts and stock accounts rarely match up with the actual numbers. Bottom line is this program doesn't do the job of updating account balances. Moreover, I don't know if CNET is trying to save cost by one young idiot to do each product review, but I've seen a HUGE difference between CNET's reviews and customers - from software, to laptops, to printers. Bottom line - CNET 2008 sucks.
Horrible customer service - don't waste your money
by ejvanals on October 3, 2008
Pros: none that I can think of.
Cons: Horrible customer service. Definitely check out the alternatives given the fact they charge for support despite the high price tag.
Crappy UI that seems to need to redraw itself too often.
DON'T WALK, RUN FROM THIS PRODUCT!!!!
by panther9195 on August 7, 2008
Pros: Couldn't get that far.
Cons: Didn't record input from Express Set-up, Duplicated reminders 6 times each for several entries. No back button in key areas.
Summary: I have just waisted and hour setting up the basics to have nothing to show for it but junk!
1) Missed the spouse button in Express Set-up, can't go ...
Summary: I have just waisted and hour setting up the basics to have nothing to show for it but junk!
1) Missed the spouse button in Express Set-up, can't go back to change that.
2) Entered paycheck, disappeared!
3) Hit Add Row one to many times. Can't delete in the wizard. Oh, but you have to enter data to get to the next step in the wizard for accounts that you don't want.
4) Added catagories during set-up. Not there when I look at the catagory list later.
5) Entered reoccuring bills & expenses per the wizard. Many of them were duplicated 6 times as due on a single day.
I will leave it there. I love them with 2004 version. Never upgraded due to review left here but thought in can't be that bad. Yes, that bad!!
Shame on CNET of giving them a 7.3. What product did you demo that is clearly not for sale to the public?
Shame on Intuit for putting the Quicken name on such a piece of junk. They need some real competition to clean their clocks!! Maybe then we will see the Quicken of old.
Why is this software so bad???
by cnetreviewer22 on July 19, 2008
Pros: You get to spend hours on the phone with support. Oh wait that's BAD!
Cons: PayPal support is horrible.
Summary: Quicken 2008 is suppose to support PayPal. However, I have not been able to use this feature because it keeps giving me an error. I have been on the phone ...
Summary: Quicken 2008 is suppose to support PayPal. However, I have not been able to use this feature because it keeps giving me an error. I have been on the phone with both PayPal and Quicken numerous times over the past 6 months and the issue is still not resolved.
Also the overall user experience with quicken is horrible. Why aren't the filters/rules much simpler like on mint.com? There is serious need for some good competition in the personal finance software industry. It does not have to be this bad.
by Stevishere on May 3, 2008
Pros: Shows why MS Money is a better solution.
Cons: No support.
Summary: I have used Quicken for 10 years. I just complied with the forced upgrade to Quicken 2008 from Quicken 2005. They have decided they are such a big company that ...
Summary: I have used Quicken for 10 years. I just complied with the forced upgrade to Quicken 2008 from Quicken 2005. They have decided they are such a big company that they no longer need customers. They no longer offer NO SUPPORT other than email, even when the issue is with the mess they have created.
Intuit will disable in 2011
by gchancel on May 1, 2008
Pros: Not a bad package
Cons: Greedy corporation forces upgrade every 3 years
Summary: Being a loyal past customer is not good enough. If you don't buy often from Intuit they will disable the useful functionality. I am giving up on Intuit both ...
Summary: Being a loyal past customer is not good enough. If you don't buy often from Intuit they will disable the useful functionality. I am giving up on Intuit both Quicken and Quickbooks.
Perhaps the most buggy, ill-thoughtout software I've ever used
by HiTrevor2 on April 1, 2008
Pros: A few new features - very few
Cons: Buggy, quirky, ultra-slow, crashes, video issues
Summary: Having been a devoted (for some reason) Quicken user for over a decade, I buy the new versions every few years... hoping, praying that they have fixed bugs and added ...
Summary: Having been a devoted (for some reason) Quicken user for over a decade, I buy the new versions every few years... hoping, praying that they have fixed bugs and added logical features (such as being able to sort by a stock's symbol rather than name)
Well, again we are disappointed. And, even worse, the problems are more pronounced and frequent than ever!! Now the program interferes with other Windows programs as well. Even the graphics won't load correctly.
And as a side note, if you are trying to log in remotely (using Remote Desktop or similar) the Quicken is even worse - virtually unusable.
Will have to finally switch to Money, I guess.
- Manufacturer: Intuit Inc.
- Part number: 403615
- Description: Get the tools you need for smarter, simpler investment planning and portfolio management. By bringing all of your important financial information together in one place, Quicken Premier helps you more efficiently optimize your investment portfolio, simplify taxes and grow your net worth.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Category Home / entertainment / lifestyle applications
- Subcategory Home / life - personal finance / tax preparation
- Language(s) English
- License pricing Standard
- Localization English
- License Type Complete package
- License Qty 1 user
- License Pricing Standard
- Platform Windows
- Distribution Media CD-ROM
- Package Type Retail
- OS Required Microsoft Windows 2003,
Microsoft Windows 2000,
Microsoft Windows XP,
Microsoft Windows Vista
- Min Processor Type 300 MHz
- Peripheral / Interface Devices SVGA monitor,
- System Requirements Details Pentium II - RAM 128 MB - HD 100 MB