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I had never used Windows Marketplace before and honestly, I don't know many people who have used it to purchase software. While I was beta testing Windows Vista, I discovered that Windows Vista had a built-in application called Digital Locker Assistant that allows you to manage purchased software from Windows Marketplace. I just had never tried it.
Well, now the time was right to give Windows Vista's Digital Locker Assistant and Windows Marketplace a try.
I went to Windows Marketplace and searched for Microsoft Money. The results displayed all the Microsoft Money packages I could buy. Green "lock" icons to the right of the products identified the ones I could use with Windows Vista's Digital Locker Assistant.
I chose Microsoft Money 2007 Deluxe because it has a $20 mail-in rebate. When I clicked that link, I was taken to a specific product page that offers customer reviews and detailed product specifications. But I already knew this was what I wanted.
I clicked Add to Cart and went through the standard procedure for entering the type of payment (my credit card) and purchasing the software.
If you're using Windows Vista, the Digital Locker Assistant should start after you make the purchase and move on to downloading the software. However, if it does not, you can launch Digital Locker Assistant by clicking Start, choosing Control Panel, and clicking Programs. Then, under Get Programs Online, click Manage programs you buy online (digital locker).
Once Digital Locker Assistant launches, you will be prompted to enter the same Windows Live ID you used to sign in to Windows Marketplace when you purchased the software. This worked perfectly for me, and I was able to begin downloading Microsoft Money 2007.
By right-clicking on your purchase and choosing Download from the menu that appears, you can instruct the Digital Locker Assistant to download that purchase. After the download is complete, you can install the application you just bought by right-clicking on the purchase listed in Digital Locker and clicking Install. Doing this with Microsoft Money 2007 was extremely easy and with off without a hitch.
Any purchased software from Windows Marketplace will show up in your Digital Locker Assistant in Windows Vista as long as the green lock icon appears to the right of the software item. In Windows Vista, all your purchased software downloads are stored at C:\Users\Username\Documents\digital locker downloads.
Using the Digital Locker Assistant and Windows Marketplace made it super simple to purchase the software I needed. It was a great first experience and I intend to use it in the future. In addition to the software available for purchase, you'll find a lot more on Windows Marketplace, including free content as well as games. It's worth checking out if you haven't already tried it. Oh, and did you know you can buy Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista directly from Windows Marketplace? Pretty sweet!
It took you 535 words to describe how to BUY something.
And there were parts like: "If you're using Windows Vista, the Digital Locker Assistant should start after you make the purchase and move on to downloading the software. However, if it does not, you can launch Digital Locker Assistant by clicking Start, choosing Control Panel, and clicking Programs. Then, under Get Programs Online, click Manage programs you buy online (digital locker)."
It's posts like these that demonstrate unsuccinctly why Microsoft is such a basket case when it comes to usability.
Sounds great! Let's go use it - now!!
Oh wait, it's not available in the UK. Brilliant.
I really like Vista, but please there seems to be so many difficulties in actually using half of the software\services available for it...
Do you have Ulitmate edition? No? Oh well. Sucks to be you.
Are you anywhere but the US? No? Oh well. Sucks to be you.
How about one OS (maybe split like XP was into a home and pro version, that was sensible) that works with all software & services released for it and in all countries (not states) of the world (not just the US)?
Maybe a name change of this blog to the US Vista Ultimate blog would be better?
BERT, while I see your point regarding lack of non-US support for certain technologies, I'd like to clarify that Digital Locker Assistant isn't only available in just Windows Vista Ultimate. It is also available in other SKU's such as Home Premium as well.
This is awesome technology! Thanks Microsoft!
Hey danwarne, did you actually take the time to count words on a web page? Maybe you should have spent that time working on your own OS that millions of people use.
I am a Microsoft Money user for years and recently purchase Microsoft Money 2007 specifically to run on my new Vista Premium machine.
The first message that I got when I tried to install Money on Vista was that there are known compatibility issues with Money 2007 and they recommend that I don't install it........
After some patching, however, it does seem to work fairly fine. BUT now I got a notice from my Bank that they will start CHARGING me MONTHLY fee for having Microsoft Money access to the bank.
This is fairly large mainstream US bank -- what is going on? Is there MS-Money Blog I can comment to? Any ideas?
I will try and find the Microsoft Money blog is there is one.
I know my bank charges me a monthly fee for using Money to access my bank accounts and has done so since Money 2002.
And yes - after some software updates, Money 2007 works great in Windows Vista.
This is unrelated to this post but can MS tell me if they plan to release the Vista Resource kit tools for download? In the past, the resource kit documentation needed to be purchased as a book, however the resource kit tools were free for Windows and Office. Does MS plan to release Vista RKT on the Download Center?
adir1, I found this Microsoft Money blog (although not run by Microsoft but instead from a MVP) youn should check out:
Cool, Thanks! I'll subscribe right away.
Your post on May 3rd said "And yes - after some software updates, Money 2007 works great in Windows Vista." Can you tell me what those updates are? I'm still running into the problem where Money can not access the internet under Vista.
I will NEVER use this service again. If you ever upgrade your computer hard drive,(in Vista) you need the install disk. From what I can gather from browsing and research on the net, there is no way around this if you are upgrading the boot disk in your system. Correct me if I am wrong, please.
OK, I'm in Canada and looking for Money Essential (which I'm used to) but can't find it anywhere, not Future shop or any where else. Any help where to buy it ??
swisscanada, does ordering Money Essentials work on the Windows Marketplace?
i think this application is very important and very usefull
what is the digital locker use ? can another people here explain to me what the function of the digital locker