I am trying to update my QuickBooks Pro 2006 to QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2019. I tried exporting the data as a .qbb file and .qbm file; however, I have been unable to successfully transfer the data. I am aware that there is a differences in the way the data is represented in each of the versions. Is there any way I can export the current data from my older version to the newly purchased version?
Yes you can update but 2006 to 2019 is too big a jump to make it once - it will have to be done in steps.
The 2013 version might be a suitable mid-step, if you can find someone using it.
Alternately i'm sure you can pay Intuit to do it for you.
QB 2007, released in late 2006, changed the data base from flat tables to a Relational database. QB 2013 was another significant year for Reprogramming.
Intuit has a 3-year lifecycle. You would need to go, at a minimum:
2006-2009-2013-2016-2019 And Rebuild the file in between.
Or, you give the file to Intuit to Update for you.
And the Backup, or .qbb file, is something you would be making after every work session and keeping on a USB or in the Cloud, a Safe place, so that if the computer dies of the program crashes, you still have the Backup file to use for disaster recovery. Set the program to "rotate" = keep only 3 or 5 and when you make the Next Backup, it offers to delete that Oldest for you.