Learn how to install QuickBooks Desktop.
Once you download QuickBooks Desktop, follow these steps to install it. You can use this article whether you’re reinstalling or installing QuickBooks for the first time.
If you’re setting up for the first time, see set up a multi-user network and install QuickBooks Database Server Manager before you continue.
Seeing an error? We’re here to help. Here’s how to Fix QuickBooks Desktop install errors.
If you bought QuickBooks directly from our website, you can find this info the original purchase email.
If you purchased it from a retail store, look for the label on the original packaging.
If you lost your license or product number, we can help you recover them.
You have two options for installing QuickBooks: express, or custom and network.
We recommend an express if you’re:
To express install:
We recommend a custom install if you're:
To custom or network install:
After you install, QuickBooks will ask you to activate and update it. If you need help with this, see Activate QuickBooks Desktop.
Want to learn about using QuickBooks Desktop? Check out our getting started guides.
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