Microsoft Accounting Express 2008 is a TERRIBLE piece of software that should not be downloaded by anyone, ever.
I've been putting my business receipts and expenses into Accounting Express 2008 for a while now. Most often, I do it at the end of my day before I shut down my system to go spend some quality time with my family. (If I don't shut it off, I can hear it calling for me.) Therein lies the flaw in my previous review of the product.
I am very stingy with my startup services and programs. So, when MS Accounting Express 2008 added some startup services, I shot them down and put them on manual. No problem. Had I not done that, I might have noticed that those services are the mini-versions of SQL Server which is the database system Accounting Express 2008 uses.
Today, after falling behind the previous day, I ended up doing my accounting stuff in the middle of the day instead of at the end. Ever since then, the extra fan on my PC has been blowing and I can hear the hard drive chattering away. Now, sometimes that just happens, but it was still going after I closed all my open programs. So, I fire up Process Explorer to see the SQL Server process not only still running, but using 323 MB of RAM! Are you kidding me? I've heard of bloatware, but that is absurd, especially when you realize my business isn't that complex.
To see if it was just a glitch I ran it again. Same result. The SQL Server process will not close, ever. If Microsoft had its way, it would launch on startup and sit there wasting 300+ MB of RAM all day long. The only reason it has worked for me so far is that I've been rebooting and shutting down those resource hogging services without realizing it.
So, the new recommendation is:
MS Accounting Express 2008 -- 0 out of 5 stars with a two star penalty for horrendous resource usage
I hearby encourage you to find any other product possible.