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marcia653
Level 1

Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

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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Anonymous
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Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

Hello @marcia653,

 

Welcome to the QuickBooks Community!

 

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. 

 

@Anonymous, @KamalVarma@DustinT, and any other software saavy folks, do you have any ideas?

marcia653
Level 1

Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

I use QB desktop for all accounts payable, customer accounts, and accounts receivable. I keep all records in the checkbook and reconcile the checkbook. Our company is a non-profit, providing a service.
 
I use the Enhanced payroll in my desktop as well to prepare paychecks, payroll taxes, quarterly state taxes, and quarterly 941 reports. I prepare W2s using Enhanced payroll as well. I am a bit confused about the term "cloud-based" software. In the past, I have downloaded the QB Desktop and Enhanced Payroll service onto a PC with Windows 7 or higher. Are you saying that to used this software with the Chromebook, it would have to be "cloud-based", somehow overriding the Chrome OS?
 
Thank you!
 
Marcia653
Anonymous
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Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

Hello @marcia653

 

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!

Carm58
Level 1

Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

Is this still the case? Is there an app compatible with a Chromebook, yet?

 

Blessings,

 

Carmine

MarshallA
Intuit

Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

Hello,

 

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.

 

Carm58
Level 1

Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

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.

 

Also,

 

Do QB & TurboTax talk  or must I manually export the data? 

 

Thanks again, Blessings,

Carmine Casale III

MarshallA
Intuit

Windows 10 download to HP Chromebook with Chrome OS

Hello @Carm58,

 

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.

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