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Update QuickBooks Desktop to the latest release

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Learn how to keep QuickBooks up-to-date so you have the latest features and product improvements.

You can update QuickBooks Desktop automatically or manually. If you turn on auto-updates, QuickBooks downloads and installs the latest updates when they're available. If you decide to update yourself, make sure to check for updates at least once a month.

Here's a quick video that shows you how to update within QuickBooks.

To watch more how-to videos, visit our video section.

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Check to see if you have the latest release

  1. Open QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Press F2 (or Ctrl+1) to open the Product Information window.
  3. Check your current version and release.
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The current release can be found in the release notes for each version of QuickBooks Desktop:

Set up auto-updates

You can set up updates to auto-download in the background.
Tip: If you want to share automatic downloads with other computers on your network, you’ll need to do this for each one.

  1. Go to Help and select Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select Yes to turn on automatic updates.
  4. Select Close.

QuickBooks will automatically download updates when they're available.

Update manually

  1. Go to Help and select Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Select Update Now, then select Get Updates.
  3. When the update finishes, close and reopen QuickBooks. 
  4. When asked to install the update, select Yes.
  5. When the install finishes, follow the on-screen instructions.

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You can also download specific updates directly from our website.

  1. Go to the Downloads & Updates page and select the standard setup. 
  2. From Select Country, select your country.
  3. From Select Product, select your product.
  4. From Select Version, select your version (year).
  5. Select Search.
  6. Select Get the latest updates. When the download finishes, open the file to install the update.
  7. When the install finishes, follow the on-screen instructions.

Unable to install the update

Sometimes, an update won’t advance to the next release number. Or you may encounter an error during the update installation. Here's how you can fix these issues. 

Solution 1: Download the update again

Repeat these steps a couple of times to see if the release number advances. 

  1. Go to Help and select Update QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Select Update Now, then Get Updates.
  3. Close and reopen QuickBooks to install the update again.

If the release number doesn’t advance, try Solution 2. 

Solution 2: End task on the following processes

  1. Close QuickBooks.
  2. Right-click on the taskbar, then select Task Manager.
  3. Under the details tab, look for the following background processes to select and End task for each.
    1. QBW32.exe or QBW.exe
    2. QBCFMonitorService.exe
    3. qbupdate.exe
    4. QBDBMgr.exe or QBDBMgrN.exe
    5. QBMapi32.exe
  4. Right-click on the QuickBooks shortcut and select Run as administrator.
  5. Run the update again.

Check to see if you have the latest release

  1. Open QuickBooks Desktop for Mac.
  2. Press Command + 1 to open the Product Information window.
  3. Check your current version and release.releaseInfo_QBMac_US_Ext_092722.png

The current release can be found in the release notes for each version of QuickBooks Desktop for Mac:

Update manually

  1. Go to the QuickBooks menu and select Check for QuickBooks Updates.
  2. Select Install and Relaunch.
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Note: To make sure updates automatically install in the future, select Automatically download and install updates in the future.

Unable to install the update

Sometimes, an update won’t advance to the next release number. Or you may encounter an error during the update installation. Here's how you can fix these issues. 

Solution 1: Download the update again

Repeat these steps a couple of times to see if the release number advances. 

  1. Open the QuickBooks menu, then select Check for QuickBooks Updates.
  2. Select Install and Relaunch.

If the release number doesn’t advance, try Solution 2. 

Solution 2: Get updates from our download site

  1. Go to the Downloads & Updates page and select the standard setup. 
  2. From the Select Country dropdown, select your country.
  3. From the Select Product dropdown, select your product.
  4. From the Select Version dropdown, select your version (year).
  5. Select Search.
  6. Select Get the latest updates.
  7. When the download finishes, open the file to install the update. After the install, restart your computer.

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