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Level 1

Big Leap: Upgrading company file from 2007 to 2021.

Trying to upgrade my company file from (very old) 2007 version to the new Desktop Pro 2021. When I try to open the company file in 2021, I get a 6094 error. I do not have my files on a server, and there is no antivirus software blocking Quickbooks. I've called four times and no one has been able to help me. Is there a way to upgrade my file from 2007 to 2021, or did I waste my money on purchasing this new version?

QuickBooks Team

Big Leap: Upgrading company file from 2007 to 2021.

Yes, you're right. Upgrading your company file from the 2007 version to QuickBooks Desktop (QBDT) Pro 2021 is a big leap, @splander. However, I'm here to guide you in resolving the error 6094 so you can get back to business in no time.


The QBDT program has a 3-year life cycle. You would need to go from 2007 to 2010 to 2013 to 2016 to 2019 to 2021. Then, restore the file in between. This may be the reason you've encountered error 6094. It usually occurs due to anti-virus software (PC Tools Internet Security, AVG Anti-Virus, and SpyHunter Malware) and when the system fails to launch the web database. To resolve this, I'd recommend performing the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Ensure your anti-virus software is on the latest update.
  2. Restore qbdmgr.exe and qbdmgrN.exe from the virus vault or quarantine.
  3. Prevent QBDT Directory from being scanned by adding exceptions on your anti-virus software.
  4. Repair the QBDT program.


Once done, you're able to upgrade your company file. This way, you can utilize it using the 2021 version of QBDT. You can refer to this article's Step 3 section for the step-by-step guide: Upgrade your company files after switching to a new version of QuickBooks Desktop.


In case the issue continues, I'd recommend contacting our Customer Care team again. They can securely pull up your account, have all the necessary tools to upgrade your company file, and guide you with a fix. You'll first have to check out our support hours to ensure we can assist you on time. Here's how: 

  1. Open QuickBooks.
  2. Go to the Help menu.
  3. Select QuickBooks Desktop Help.
  4. Click the Contact us option.
  5. Give a brief description of your issue.
  6. Select Let's talk and then choose a way to connect.


In the meantime, I'm adding this article to help you get familiar with the program: QuickBooks Desktop user guides. It contains do-it-yourself articles, training, and pro advice links to name a few.


Please know that you're always welcome to comment below if you have other concerns or follow up inquiries about upgrading the QBDT program and your company file. I'm just around to help. Take care.

Level 15

Big Leap: Upgrading company file from 2007 to 2021.


You have to convert your data file(s) in stages. You should find and install the trial license of QBD 2011 and 2015 prior to converting the file(s) on QBD 2021. Contact us should you need those trial licenses. Another option, you may purchase a 3rd party conversion service.

Level 1

Big Leap: Upgrading company file from 2007 to 2021.

I am experiencing similar issues with my desktop 2021 version.  I installed QB Desktop Pro Plus 2021 version on my laptop and tried to upload data from my 2008 version via thumb drive from another computer.  Receiving the same error message.  

Level 15

Big Leap: Upgrading company file from 2007 to 2021.

@MJ Installs 

Find the trial license of QBD 2011 and 2015 as I mentioned in earlier post or purchase a 3rd party conversion service.

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