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Install QB in a snapshot image of Windows?

I work IT for a CPA firm that uses multiple versions of QB. I'm working on a way to streamline the setup process of new workstations and was wondering if it's possible to pre-install their various versions of QB (different users, different licenses) to be used in a snapshot image of Windows. It would substantially cut-down the setup time if it were possible to have it ask for the license at first-run rather than during installation, or by using a placeholder license, something. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Install QB in a snapshot image of Windows?

Thanks for the complete details of your concern, btucker.

 

There's an option to install multiple versions of QuickBooks Desktop on a single PC. However, you can only open one QuickBooks at a time.

 

When installing the program, you'll have to select Custom and Network Options. This'll allow you to use multiple version of QuickBooks or to share data with other users on a network.

 

As for your other question, we don't have an option to change the installation process of QuickBooks Desktop. You'll have to enter the license information while setting up the program.

 

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Download QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. Select Yes to All.
  3. Select Next.
  4. Agree to the Software License Agreement, then select Next.
  5. Enter your License and Product numbers, then select Next.
  6. Select the type of installation for the computer.
    • Option 1: Express: this allows the installer to make the recommended choices for you. If you choose this option, skip to Step 9.
    • Option 2: Custom and Network Options: choose this if you'll be using multiple versions of QuickBooks Desktop on the computer or if you'll use QuickBooks to share data with other users on a network.
  7. Select where you will be using QuickBooks.
    • Option 1: I'll be using QuickBooks on this computer.
    • Option 2: I'll be using QuickBooks on this computer, and I'll be storing our company file here so it can be shared over our network.
    • Option 3: I won't be using QuickBooks on this computer. I will be storing our company file on this computer so it can be shared over a network.
  8. Choose a new install location or select Next to install to the default directory.
  9. Select Install.
  10. Select Open QuickBooks to get started.
  11. Activate QuickBooks and you're all set.

Check out this article for the detailed steps on how to install the software: 

Install QuickBooks Desktop.

 

Please let me know if they have successfully done this or if you have follow-up questions. I'm always ready to help.