Fix for Slow or Freezing Quicken 2017 for Windows

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Is your version of Quicken running slowly? Does it freeze or hang every time you try to use it? Does Quicken act sluggish when you add new transactions?

Read below for tips and fixes on how to get Quicken running at top speed.

Fix 1: Quicken 2017 for Windows slowness and freezing

Some Quicken 2017 for Windows users have been reporting slowness or freezing when opening or using Quicken. If you have been experiencing this, please continue reading below for a possible solution. This only applies to Quicken for Windows, so if you’re using Quicken for Mac, you can safely ignore this fix.

The Quicken team is working on a permanent solution to this problem, but here is a temporary fix that may help solve the problem for you.

1. Open Quicken
2. Go to Edit -> Preferences
3. Click on “Startup” in the list on the left side
4. Underneath “Startup Location”, if it says “Tips & Tutorials”, change it to anything other than “Tips & Tutorials”.
5. Close and reopen Quicken

The slowness and freezing should no longer occur.

Quicken 2017 slow freezing
Quicken 2017 Windows Bug Fix Freezing Slow



If you are unable to update your Quicken Preferences due to the slowness of the program:

1. Quit Quicken
2. Disconnect from the Internet.
3. Re-open Quicken, and you should be able to follow the steps above.
4. Reconnect to the Internet.

This problem is occurring because of a bug on the Tips & Tutorials tab. Some users Quicken preferences are set so the Tips & Tutorials tab is the startup page, which is causing Quicken to run slowly or freeze. The temporary workaround listed above should help solve the slow Quicken problem for these users.

Quicken Alternatives

If you’re looking for an alternative to Quicken, these are my recommendations:

1. For a desktop-based program (Windows or Mac), try Moneyspire. Read my review on it here.

2. If you want to try a cloud-based alternative to Quicken, try Personal Capital. It’s completely free.

Nate Phillips has been using Quicken and TurboTax for almost 20 years. He has spent part of that time as a Quicken beta tester, helping identify bugs and annoyances with Quicken updates before they are released. Nate holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and has numerous technology certifications.