Just upgraded to QB Desktop Pro 2018 with Enhanced Payroll. Tried to install on HP Chromebook. Chrome OS doesn't support. Am I able to download Windows 10 OS to my Chromebook so that it supoorts my new QB software? If so, any tips to make this process easier?
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This is an excellent question. I got my first Chromebook back in 2013 and at the time, I didn't use any cloud-based software. Until I eventually upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud, I had no way of using my older version of Photoshop (on a disk). I often wondered if there was a solution like the one you are asking about.
Which features of QB Desktop are you using? @gotomyerp is a QB Desk Cloud Hosting expert, he might be a great resource.
As far as I know, all Chromebooks use web-based Android Operating Systems designed around the Chrome Browser and run web-applications, not software programs like a traditional Mac or PC.
Those using QuickBooks Online won't have any issues with the Android OS because QBO is a web-based program. QuickBooks Desktop, unfortunately, isn't web-based, it's software that requires a traditional operating system.
I hope this explanation provides some clarity. Maybe this Quora article can shed more light.
But there's always the possibility of a workaround :). I would love input from the community!
Strictly from an IT standpoint, it's doubtful you would be able to install Windows on a Chromebook. They are designed with low end hardware because the Chrome OS is so light and doesn't require much space or memory.
Even if the hardware in your Chromebook DOES meet the specs for Windows, it would probably run slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.
Hello @MarshallA ,
THANKS for a speedy response.
Maybe I was too vague, I’m asking if there is an application(s) or extension(s) for Chrome/android devices.
Do QB & TurboTax talk or must I manually export the data?
Thanks again, Blessings,
Carmine Casale III
My apologies, I mis-understood.
At this time there is no app or extension that I know of that will allow QB Desktop to be installed on a Chrome or Android device.
In answer to your other question, yes QuickBooks Desktop program will transfer data directly into TurboTax products.
Now for an additional thought. As a big fan of Chromebooks (my kids have them for school and I used to work on them in a former job) They do fill a very important role and are very useful. IF your desire for using QuickBooks on a Chromebook is more important than direct link of your data to TurboTax, then you can use QuickBooks Online. It's still a VERY rich and full featured version of QuickBooks and you can access it on any device connected to the internet. It actually runs BEST in a Chrome browser. The only 2 issues are depending on your business, QB Online might not fill all your needs and in order to get the info to TurboTax, basically you would just run a Profit and Loss report and manually enter the info into TurboTax.
That being said, I would still suggest you check out QB Online to see if it would fill your needs.