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Register or activate QuickBooks Desktop

Every time you install QuickBooks Desktop, you need to register or activate the software. Note that if you have multiple copies of QuickBooks Desktop, you need to register or activate each one.

Register or activate QuickBooks Desktop

  • Always check if QuickBooks is ACTIVATED or NOT by pressing F2 or Ctrl+1.
  • If QuickBooks says ACTIVATED, you're all set. If NOT, proceed with the activation.
  • If you get the error "The validation code is incorrect." check if the:
    • License and product number is correct. if the product number doesn't match the license number, change the product number first before proceeding with the activation.
    • Validation code is correct.

QuickBooks Desktop for Windows

  1. Go to the Help menu, then select Activate QuickBooks.
    Note: For 2016, select Register QuickBooks.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to verify your information, then complete the activation process.

QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

  1. Go to the QuickBooks menu, then select Register QuickBooks.
  2. Enter the License Number and Product Number, then select Next.
  3. Select Register Online.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration.
  5. If the register option does not appear, the software is already registered.

For older versions (2015 and earlier)

In line with Intuit's discontinuation plan for older products, discontinued products cannot be registered for the first time. You may re-register discontinued products if they have been registered before and are being reinstalled. You can contact us to get the validation code, but note that assisted support for discontinued products is no longer available.  

Issues with registering or activating QuickBooks Desktop

  • If the information you entered is not accepted, make sure it's the same information you gave at the time of purchase.
  • If you have technical issues such as a blank screen or error message, try temporarily disabling your antivirus software.
  • If purchased from a retail store, activate QuickBooks using the code that can be found on the box.
  • If you cannot register on your own, contact us to register over the phone.

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