Attempted to download desktop 2109 to upload a 2008 backup in order to covert online, it has not worked
Restoring your 2008 backup file directly to QuickBooks Desktop 2019 will likely cause data damage or loss, zoelunn.
We always recommend restoring your backup file an an incremental order. For example, you'll restore it to QuickBooks Desktop 2009 and create another backup copy. Then, do it again on a higher version until you reach the latest one.
Since the earlier versions of QuickBooks Desktop are no longer available in the download page, I'd recommend reaching out to our Technical Support Team. They can help you restore your backup file to earlier versions.
Click the Help menu at the top and select QuickBooks Desktop Help.
Select Contact us and enter the details of your concern.