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How to upgrade Company File from Older Version?

I've been using Quickbooks Pro 6 for about 20 years, and have recently installed it under Windows 10.

Although everything functions ok, the software keeps asking me to register the product. Each time It accepts the registration details as correct, but then asks for it again a couple of days later!

I decided to take a look at the latest desktop version, but have only been able to find a trial download of Quickbooks UK 2015.

Having installed the trial version I've not been able to open my existing company file and get the following message - "This company file is too old for Quickbooks to upgrade directly"

I'm not sure how to proceed at this stage. If I can't fix my existing software issue of repeated registration requests, or trial or use my existing data in latest software, then I'll have to start from scratch.

Hope someone can advise. :)

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Best answer 02-07-2019

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Hi Magicalwonders, You may need to use the converter kit....

Hi Magicalwonders,

You may need to use the converter kit.

Download and install the upgrader's kit (QuickBooks 2006)


Click here to download our upgrader's kit and save the .exe file in a temporary location on your computer.
This upgrader's kit is a special trial version of QuickBooks 2006. It'll ask you to install SimpleStart, Regular, Pro, or Premier Accountant edition. Install the same edition you are currently using. After installing, you'll have two months and six uses before the software acts you to activate. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the file and double-click the .exe file that you just downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions.

When asked for an installation code, use the following: 26512-85587-55550-710133

This code will allow you to use the trial version of QuickBooks for 60 days, but you will not be able to activate it.

When asked where you want to install QuickBooks, choose a different location than your current version of QuickBooks. Do not install on top of your old version!

 

Convert your company file to QuickBooks 2006

 

Now, you have to open QuickBooks 2006 and then open your old company file to convert it to the 2006 format.

1.      Open QuickBooks 2006.

2.      Open your old company file. Go to File, and select Open Company. In the Open company window, navigate to and select your old company file and click Open.

3.      In the Update Company File to New Version window, select Start Update.

4.      Follow the on-screen instructions. When asked for a name and location of the new company file, append “2006” to the company file name. DO NOT OVERWRITE YOUR EXISTING COMPANY FILE! You will need it to view VAT reports from previous periods.

5.      After the conversion finishes, close QuickBooks 2006.

 

Create a backup copy from the QuickBooks 2006 and restore it on the QuickBooks 2015 Trial version you recently install.

 

To open the backup copy on the QuickBooks 2015 Trial, you may need to open the Sample first to have the option of “Open or Restore Company” under File Menu.

 

QuickBooks Support

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Hi Magicalwonders, You may need to use the converter kit....

Hi Magicalwonders,

You may need to use the converter kit.

Download and install the upgrader's kit (QuickBooks 2006)


Click here to download our upgrader's kit and save the .exe file in a temporary location on your computer.
This upgrader's kit is a special trial version of QuickBooks 2006. It'll ask you to install SimpleStart, Regular, Pro, or Premier Accountant edition. Install the same edition you are currently using. After installing, you'll have two months and six uses before the software acts you to activate. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the file and double-click the .exe file that you just downloaded. Follow the on-screen instructions.

When asked for an installation code, use the following: 26512-85587-55550-710133

This code will allow you to use the trial version of QuickBooks for 60 days, but you will not be able to activate it.

When asked where you want to install QuickBooks, choose a different location than your current version of QuickBooks. Do not install on top of your old version!

 

Convert your company file to QuickBooks 2006

 

Now, you have to open QuickBooks 2006 and then open your old company file to convert it to the 2006 format.

1.      Open QuickBooks 2006.

2.      Open your old company file. Go to File, and select Open Company. In the Open company window, navigate to and select your old company file and click Open.

3.      In the Update Company File to New Version window, select Start Update.

4.      Follow the on-screen instructions. When asked for a name and location of the new company file, append “2006” to the company file name. DO NOT OVERWRITE YOUR EXISTING COMPANY FILE! You will need it to view VAT reports from previous periods.

5.      After the conversion finishes, close QuickBooks 2006.

 

Create a backup copy from the QuickBooks 2006 and restore it on the QuickBooks 2015 Trial version you recently install.

 

To open the backup copy on the QuickBooks 2015 Trial, you may need to open the Sample first to have the option of “Open or Restore Company” under File Menu.

 

QuickBooks Support

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Many thanks for the detailed instructions. I assume this...

Many thanks for the detailed instructions. I assume this will work for updating company file to use in Quickbooks 2016 as well?
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Yes, you may use the QuickBooks 2015 Trial version you ha...

Yes, you may use the QuickBooks 2015 Trial version you have or if you already have QuickBooks 2016, you may use it instead.
Active Member

Ok great, thanks. Is there a trial version of Quickbooks...

Ok great, thanks. Is there a trial version of Quickbooks 2016 UK anywhere I can download? I've only been able to find a trial for 2015. If I'm going to have to update I might as well get the latest software. :)
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You can use this link <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" h...

You can use this link <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://community.intuit.com/questions/1327000">https://community.intuit.com/questions/1327000</a>
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Will this Quickbooks 2006 upgrader's kit work with US ver...

Will this Quickbooks 2006 upgrader's kit work with US version of QB Pro 2003?
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Hi mate I used the Up Grade kit to up grade my version of...

Hi mate I used the Up Grade kit to up grade my version of QB pro edition 2006 and it worked perfectly only problem is I can not register it as the activation keys i have will not work do you have an activation key that will work with this as now I only have 3 more starts of my software. Thanks Fil Sol
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Hi. I've just downloaded the 2006 upgraders kit as I need...

Hi. I've just downloaded the 2006 upgraders kit as I need to look at a QB's Version 3 file, but when I've gone to update the company file it's asking for the 2006 cd to be put in the machine! I have no cd as I've done the download via the link above!......can anyone advise what to do now please?
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You cannot take a V3 file to QB 2006 on any new computer...

You cannot take a V3 file to QB 2006 on any new computer running W7 or higher.
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Dear IntuitErickFloyd, Thank you very much for this answ...

Dear IntuitErickFloyd,

Thank you very much for this answer. I have tried following your instructions here, but there is a problem. I have successfully installed QuickBooks 2006 and clicked on the restore company backup, it then asks to upgrade the company file to new version. I click upgrade then it asks for the QuickBooks 2006 CD to be inserted, which I don't have, since I am using the version you linked to in your post. Is there a way past this prompt because the only options are retry and cancel, in other words it won't continue without the CD, which I obviously don't have.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Thank you for your help.

Mark Pawson.

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Hi Mark, I would suggest for you to contact our support...

Hi Mark,

I would suggest for you to contact our support team at 0808 168 9535 if its possible to complete the upgrade with our Data Services team.
QuickBooks Team

Hello magicalwonders, The process you mentioned above sho...

Hello magicalwonders,

The process you mentioned above should work, but since your QuickBooks version is very old, you might get problems when updating your company file. Installing a newer QuickBooks Desktop version on your computer and updating your company file to that version should help.

Here’s an article that will guide you through the process:

https://community.intuit.com/articles/1021013

If you encounter problems updating, please contact QuickBooks support to get more assistance and other options.

Here's how to reach them:  https://help.quickbooks.intuit.com/en_GB/contact

Thank you and stay safe!

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Please remove this content as it may confuse the customer...

Please remove this content as it may confuse the customer, they're using QB UK version, thanks.
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Yes the real answer is the poster need QB 2006 UK version...

Yes the real answer is the poster need QB 2006 UK version first then upgrade existing version to QB 2006.From there its better to upgrade to QB 2012 first thew to latest version.

However if you are registered for vat then I would seriously recommend not doing this.

It would be quicker and easier to install latest version Qb 2016 and then take the TB from old version and import by manual journal entry all the opening balances.

QB old versions can be upgraded to new versions and should be but vat legislation has changed considerably since the version quoted by the poster, it is now much easier to start a new version.

Quick books download site for uk versions of QB

 

http://support.intuit.co.uk/quickbooks/en-gb/iq/Install--Update-and-Convert/Installing-QuickBooks-fr...


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Re: Hi Magicalwonders, You may need to use the converter kit....

Hi. I have been using Quickbooks Pro Professioal Edition 2003 till now. I got QB Premier 2019 Uk Edition today. Can I follow the same procedure to convert data from the older version to the newer one?

QuickBooks Team

Re: Hi Magicalwonders, You may need to use the converter kit....

Hello KhurramAhmed,

 

If you are unsure, I would suggest using the contact number posted above to check this with our support team who may be able to arrange our Data Services team helping you out.

 

Thanks,

 

Talia

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Re: Hi Magicalwonders, You may need to use the converter kit....

So my parents have QBs since 1999 (or there abouts) and their Steampunk computer is likely to give way soon.

I therefore bought them a new laptop BUT, the free trial for QB 2019 does not support their old information.

I followed the advice below (or above depending) and although ok to down load you need a key code to log in.

Has anyone solved this? Does anyone know if this is going to work for me?!

 

Cheers

Richard

QuickBooks Team

Re: Hi Magicalwonders, You may need to use the converter kit....

Hi @John Golding,

 

Let's take a quick look at what's going on then I'll provide you a fix for it.

 

If you haven't purchased a license for QB 2019 and therefore don't have a key code for it, you can still use a trial version to update an older version company file. You only need to skip the activation phase or download another trial version if it's already expired.

 

Please follow these steps to update your QB company file:

  1. Ensure all other users are logged out of the company file.
  2. Go to the File menu, select Open or Restore Company.
  3. Select Open a company file or Restore a backup copy, then Next.
    • Note: Select Local backup if you need to open a backup copy.
  4. Find and select your company file, then click Open.
  5. Log in as the company admin. Only the company admin can update a company file.
  6. QuickBooks lets you know that it needs to update your company file. Select Update Now to proceed.
    • Note: QuickBooks runs a full backup before updating your file. If you want to change where the backup will be saved, select Change this default location.
  7. Select Done once QuickBooks has updated your company file.

If you encounter issues while opening QB or your company file, I advise you to view this article: Resolve Problems Opening QuickBooks Desktop or your Company File. It lists a few situations where you'd encounter an error, along with the steps on how to resolve it. The article even includes links to tools that can help with your troubleshooting.

 

Feel free to put in your question in the comments below if you any more, or if you have clarifications. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.