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Install QuickBooks Desktop on a Terminal Server

Learn how to install QuickBooks Desktop on a terminal server, so multiple users can access the company file over the network.

To check whether your server is compatible with QuickBooks, see QuickBooks Desktop system requirements.


Live phone support is only provided to QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Solutions users but system-related issues are not supported. Here are some of the non-supported issues:
  • Setting up, configuring, or enabling terminal services
  • Enabling clients to connect to the server
  • User permission issues for server connections
  • Issues with terminal server connections (example: connecting to the server or dropping connection)
  • Latency or slow performance issues

Make sure that you are logged in as the Windows Administrator.

  1. Close all running applications.
  2. On your keyboard, press Windows+R to open the Run command.
  3. Type CMD, then select OK to open the Command Prompt.
  4. To change the User Mode, type Change user/install, then press Enter.
  5. Download and install QuickBooks Desktop.
  6. Reopen the Command Prompt, then type change user/execute to change to Execution Mode. Press Enter.