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how to install quick books on a second computer

how to allow quick books use on a second computer

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Re: how to install quick books on a second computer

For the QB Desktop program:

Basically you just take the installer CD/file and install it on the next machine and make the appropriate selections from the prompts.  If you dont have the original installer you can download it (if its still a 'current program)

But - you need to be very clear on what you are trying to achieve:

Are you just setting it up so you (single user) have an alternate workstation?

or are you moving from a single user setup to a simultaneous multi-user setup? 

Either way both locations have to be on the same LAN - but the setup steps are slightly different.

and you must have the original license key regardless

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Re: how to install quick books on a second computer

It's nice to see you here in the Community, @rick170.


That's a great question! I can help walk you through installing QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) on another computer.


To install and use QBDT on your second computer. Here's how:


1. Go to your new PC and install QuickBooks.
2. Once done, go back to the old one and create a backup copy of your company file.
3. Copy the backup file to your new one using a flash drive or other external device or through a network, if they're connected.
4. Then, restore the backup on the new PC.


For your reference, you can also check out this article for more information: Move your company files to another computer.


That should do it! Let me know how it goes by leaving a comment on this thread. I'm only a post away if you have any additional questions about the process. Take care and have a great weekend.