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Welcome to the QuickBooks Community. I'm happy to help share the steps on how you can update or convert QuickBooks Desktop 2003 to QuickBooks Desktop 2018.
Before we start, please take note that only the company Admin can update the company file and once it's updated, you can no longer open it to the previous version.
For more details, I recommend checking this article: Upgrade or convert your company file to a new QuickBooks Desktop version.
Also, feel free to reach out to our phone support if you need additional help. They can initiate a screen sharing session to assist you in the whole process.
Here's how you can reach them:
That should do it. Drop me a comment below if you have any other questions about upgrading your company file to a newer version. Have a great day.
the copy paste provided would work on a file that is only 3-4 years old, but if this is an actual 2004 year file it will not work
QB will only update file in that 3-4 year range, so 2004 back up would have to be restored in 2007/08 install, a new back up created, and step it up yet again, and again
best option you have to be honest is just call intuit and have their data services step it up for you.