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Download and install QuickBooks Desktop

Learn how to download and install QuickBooks Desktop.

Are you ready to download QuickBooks Desktop? The following sections provide the download links you need to get started, and answer some frequently asked questions.

Download QuickBooks Desktop

First, install QuickBooks Desktop by downloading the appropriate installation file for your product.

To begin your installation, go to the Downloads & Updates page to get the download link for the version of QuickBooks you purchased.

To download the installation file:

  1. From the Downloads & Updates page, select your product and version.
    If you don't know what version you use, see Not sure what version you use?
  2. Select Download.
  3. See How to Install QuickBooks Desktop ( for Windows) or check out this quick video.


Questions about downloading

Install QuickBooks Desktop

See How to Install QuickBooks Desktop (for Windows) or check out this quick video:

Activate QuickBooks Desktop for Windows

  1. With QuickBooks Desktop open, press the F2 key.
  2. In the Product Information window, verify the registration status next to the License number.
    If the status is Activated, you're all set!
  3. If the status is Not Activated, select OK to close the Product Information window, then, from the Help menu, select Activate QuickBooks.

Follow the on-screen prompts to verify your information and complete the activation process.

Activate QuickBooks Desktop for Windows

Activate QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  1. From the QuickBooks menu, select Register QuickBooks.
  2. Enter the License Number and Product Number, and select Next.
  3. Select Register Online.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration.

If the Register option doesn't appear, the software is already registered.

Older versions

In line with Intuit's discontinuation plan for older products, discontinued products cannot be registered for the first time. You can re-register discontinued products if they have been registered before and are being reinstalled.

You can contact us to get the validation code, but assisted support for discontinued products is no longer available.