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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

I have been using Quickbooks Simple Start 2008 for...10 years! Back in the day, it was a free download from Intuit, no strings attached. It was a great gift from Intuit back then because my business was just starting, so when you have very little capital, things like that count.  Simple Start 2008 has served me faithfully all these years, but I figure it's time to update the desktop version. Also, support for this version obviously ended long ago.

 

I've heard that there is not a way to simply convert the Simple Start 2008 QBW file to a current version, that I had to convert it via an interim product (like Quickbooks Pro 2013), and then again to a current version (like Quickbooks Pro 2018). Is this your understanding, and what interim QB products could do the job?

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

Yes, your data file would need to go, for instance, to Pro 2011-2014-2017-2019. Intuit should be able to update that file for you, when you buy QB 2019.

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

Thanks for your reply! Do you mean that my file would need to go through each of those versions, or just one of them?

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

Simple Start ended in 2010. Intuit or a provider would need to update your file to Pro, since that is the entry level of the "real" programs. Intuit has a 3-year lifecycle for the programs. That means your file should go in 3-year interim updates, once you get that file open in a "real" QB program, because your database will be significantly modified as you update it. You cannot take a SS 2008 file into QB 2019 in one leap. That's like dragging a caveman onto an airplane.

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

I need to drag a caveman onto an airplane!  I have QB Pro 2007 -- purchased a newer computer and   QB Pro 2019 desktop -- I paid for the ticket -- How do I get the caveman on the plane??

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

Intuit or a provider would need to update your file. Intuit has a 3-year lifecycle for the programs. That means your file should go in 3-year interim updates, because your database will be significantly modified as you update it. I recommend Rebuilding it in between interim updates, if a provider helps you with this task.

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

What do you mean "Rebuilding" between updates?

 

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

I restore a file from QB 2007 using QB 2010. I use the Rebuild function, because the Data File structure is also being updated. I save a New Backup. I use QB 2013 to Restore the file from QB 2010. QB 2013 is a Significant Update. I rebuild the file and make a New Backup. I use QB 2016 to Restore the file from QB 2016 and Rebuild it and make a New Backup. I restore that using QB 2019 and Rebuild it one more time, or up to 3 times, so that everything is Updated and internally Linked.

 

QB 2007, released in late 2006, is the year the Data file was changed from Flat tables to a true relational database.

 

Or, ask Intuit to update it for you.

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

How do I go about asking Intuit to update it?  I swear I asked if my Simple Start 2008 data would convert before I invested in this new Desktop Pro 2018 and I am very frustrated that it won't.  Is this something that is now going to cost me a fortune?  I'm a small non-profit club. Help?

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

Hello, CCLL.

 

You can transfer your file from your QuickBooks Online to your QuickBooks Desktop.  You’ll just need to log in to your cancelled QBO account and initiate the export process from there.

 

This process needs certain requirements that need to be follow. For more information about it and the steps to export the file, please refer to this article: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/community/Reports-and-accounting/Export-data-file-from-QuickBooks-Onli....

 

We’ll always be here if there's anything else I can do to help you.

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

@Anonymous

 

Please learn from this input.

 

QB Simple Start 2008 is a really old PC Desktop Program. This has nothing to do with QB Online.

 

Up to QB 2010, Simple Start existed as a Free program with a limitation of 20 or 30 customer names; I don't recall exactly. Intuit sent me boxes and boxes of the disks to hand out to students. Or, there was a Paid level, it ran about $99, for up to 100 names or so.

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

Where did you find the QB 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions to rebuild too?

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Time to Upgrade From Simple Start 2008

hi @jmdavis ,

I could recommend you a site to download any installer file since QuickBooks 2005. Unfortunately you have to find the license code elsewhere. Another option, you should consider purchasing a conversion service. I could recommend you one as well.

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