Hi etalboy. Glad that you reached out to me. Once you purchase the newest version of QuickBooks, I would suggest that you review this article about upgrading your company file. There are a few steps you'll need to follow before opening the file inside of the new version. I'll go ahead and list those for you below:
Prepare Company File for upgrade
Open your 2013 QuickBooks. Then open the company file you want to upgrade.
Press F2 to open the Product Information window.
Look in the File Information section. Write this down, this is where the file is stored.
Go ahead and close that screen
Now select, File then hover over Utilities and click Verify Data
If any problems are found with the data inside of the file, it will prompt you to run a Rebuild, which is required for it to upgrade. Once that is done, you can open the file inside of your new version of QuickBooks and it will begin the upgrade process. I'm here if you need anything else.
Appreciate your message. Unfortunately when I press F2 key on laptop I get the volume control. No help when searched QB help for product information window. Is there another command or key I should use?
Please take note that the trial version will expire after 30 days and will automatically lock out the account. If you need to get a paid license, simply click this link here: https://quickbooks.intuit.com/desktop/pro/.
You can always tag me in the comment section if you need further assistance while upgrading your QuickBooks version.