I had purchased QB Desktop Pro 2020 recently and tried to migrate my QB Pro 2004 to it and failed.
I learned from Q&A in this community that the 2004 QB file needed to be converted to the latest file type.
I attempted some solutions for similar issue posted here but none of them worked for me.
Does Intuit offer a file conversion service?
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Thanks for reaching out, @Yasu.
I'm here to help. When going from an older version of our software, such as in your case to a recent version, it's best to upgrade the file in small increments. So, for instance, upgrading your file from 2004 to 2010, then to 2015, and so on until you're on the version you have now. To do this, you'll need to install each version on your computer temporarily and open your file in each. You can grab the downloads here.
If you have any trouble going through this process, we'll be here to help. You can also reach out to our QuickBooks Desktop Support Team for assistance if you'd like.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!
Dear Michael K, I am a retired CPA. I still have a few companies, maintained on QB 2008. I purchased QB 2016 from a vendor so I could transfer the companies to a newer laptop and use QB 2016.
I couldn't transfer them so I called your help. A nice lady there told me I would have to transfer the files to 2012, then 2016. She gave me a 30 day trial QB 2012 to do it. I tried unsuccessfully to do the transfers, but now the 30 day trial QB 2012 has expired, and it didn't work anyway.
I read elsewhere that it could be done by transferring the files directly from 2008 to 2016.
What do you think? JC
Dear Michael K, I am a retired CPA. I bought QB 2016 so I could put my 6 companies on a newer laptop. When I couldn't transfer, I called your help desk, and a nice lady told me I had to go from 2008 to 2012, then 2016. She graciously gave me a trial version of QB 2012 to do it. Well it didn't work, and I got involved with other things, so now the trial QB 2012 has expired, and I am in Limbo.
I found out elsewhere that the QB files could be converted directly from 2008 to 2016 using a "rebuild utility".
What should I do?
Imho, you might convert your 2008 company file on the trial license of QBD 2012. Do you recall what the error message was? You may try "clean" the Windows registry to reinstall the trial license of QBD 2012. Another option, you may try install the trial license of QBD 2011.