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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

 
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

You will need an Internet connection for the following.

Download of software if not on disk

Activation and registration of your product and license

Download of release updates

Other than that feel free to go off the grid as long as you have electricity for your computer

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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

You will need an Internet connection for the following.

Download of software if not on disk

Activation and registration of your product and license

Download of release updates

Other than that feel free to go off the grid as long as you have electricity for your computer

View solution in original post

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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

I think it's BS that you have to supply all your business information just to register the product. It's none of your damn business. In fact just to post this comment I had to get a code go online and enter the code. Just ridiculous and time-wasting.
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

This is a peer to peer user forum. There are a handful of intuit employees on here but it is not their software either. Security and safety from spam and other malfeasance is main reason one has to pass a human test on order to post.

And you do not "need" to enter more business info than you want to, other than maybe a valid cc. But when you want to print forms they won't have your info prefilled
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Wrong. I had to enter name of my business, phone number, address, type of business. Total invasion of privacy
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

They need this information to record your license information in your Intuit account.  The day might come that you need to look up your information (e.g., if you need to reinstall QB) and it will be there.  Also, they want to make sure that one license is not registered to more than one user.
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Type of business is so you get close to correct chart of accounts to start off. If you are "in" business it is public record. Would not surprise me if QB is required by some law to make sure you are not trying to fly under the radar of the IRS.
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

I just upgraded from 2014.
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Why would I use QB if I was not legit and trying to screw the gubment ?
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Sheesh people. Don't you think intuit is a little intrusive?
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

And, my CPA made me upgrade so she could do payroll for me. Otherwise I would not have upgraded.
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Maybe you need another cpa?  she works for you and has the responsibility to support her clients, accountants are a dime a dozen, find a new one
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Your CPA would not even need your QuickBooks company to do payroll unless you are handing her your computer once a week for payroll.

But payroll explains the need for business info as business industry code is required on some forms, not to mention FEIN and legal address.

Some questions come quickly to mind
1. How many employees
2. How much an hour for CPA compared to Payroll Clerk at $15/hr

Once you take charge of your own payroll (running a weekly payroll including hour entry to check printing) and carve out just 15 minutes or as an added task to secretary pool think of the improved bottom line. Yes there is time involved with forms and that may be why you involve the $100/hr (low side) firm. But, again, no outside payroll processor needs your qb file or even needs you to upgrade
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

I paid for 10 users.  My server is connected to the internet.  A list of users is available 24/7.  If I had 50 machines I could still only have 10 users.  My work stations will not operate without an internet connection to verify the subscription about every 10 days.  What is QuickBooks so paranoid about when they can verify all activity via the server???  When downloads go to workstations there are product offers which should only be going to the prime contact not operators.  Let your programmers see what it is like from the paying customer side and then you may begin to understand customer service.
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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

I agree with your thinking and introduce the possibility of an alternative.  Open source software born out of reasons like QuickBooks doing what they do.

Don't be surprised if there's one right now.

And the reason my customer doesn't have an Internet connection is a two word security term "air gap".  I'll bet money that the CSO at Intuit has implemented them and if not - they will be in the news someday when they loose customer data.

Connecting to the Internet is a security choice.  Selecting a book keeping software that understands my security needs is a top priority.

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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Lost access to my Windows 7computer. Backed it up a few weeks ago.  Can I install my quick books program to a new computer using the application file I copied?  I have my license and codes.

 

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Can i install QB desktop without internet connection

Hey there, @Cadreamin.

 

Thanks for reaching out to the Community. You can install QuickBooks Desktop on your new computer in just a few clicks. I recommend checking our system requirements before starting the install to make sure your computer is compatible. I've outlined the steps below that will have you installing QuickBooks like a pro in no time.

 

  1. If you haven't already, download your version of QuickBooks Desktop. Save the file somewhere you can find it easily (for example, your Desktop). Have your product and license number handy.
  2. Open the file you downloaded (QuickBooks.exe).
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions. Accept the software license agreement and then hit Next.
  4. Enter your Product and License numbers. Then Next.
  5. Click Express and then Next.
  6. Select Install.
  7. When it finishes, choose Open QuickBooks to get started.

 

That's it! Once installed, you'll need to locate the Company File from your old computer's backup. Once you've found that file, you can restore or open the file in QuickBooks.

 

Use the Reply button below if you have any additional questions, I'll be here to help. Have a great day!

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