Sunday, July 31, 2011

Microsoft Money Deluxe: "There has been an error reading or writing the file '.'"

I ran into the following error using Microsoft Money Deluxe (version while trying to view the Account Transactions report:

There has been an error reading or writing the file '.'

A quick Google search turned up KB281865 on Microsoft's site, but that only helped by confirming that this is a known issue. I was seemingly unable to get into the configuration dialog box to effect the fix, so not sure what to do.

The fix that worked for me was to view the report and wait for the error dialog saying There has been an error reading or writing the file '.'
to appear. Then, I positioned my mouse over the Customize... button and hit enter to dismiss the error dialog. Immediately after closing the dialog, I clicked the Customize... button, and the report customisation dialog popped up. After resetting the report using the Reset button, I was good to go!

Note that the Money 2005 Deluxe comes out of the box as version, so upgrading to version requires the installation of a QFE (aka SP1). This used to be downloaded automatically by money, but now must be downloaded directly from Microsoft here.


  1. I had this tonight on MS Money Small Business 2005.

    Nothing outs the fear of dread into me more than this awful error, its been plaguing me on and off for 2 or 3 years.

    Your tip works a treat, so thanks so much for posting, you're my hero of the week :-)

  2. Genius! This has been bugging me for ages and yr suggestion worked first time. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Mike here, your "fix" worked! Thank you sir!! MS Money Plus Deluxe (Sunset version