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Converting a 2008 QuickBooks for Windows file to QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

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Converting a 2008 QuickBooks for Windows file to QuickBooks Desktop for Mac

How are you doing, Aurora94? 


Let's end your week right by ensuring you can convert your QuickBooks 2008 for Windows into QuickBooks Desktop Mac.


For a smooth transition, your Mac computer must meet several system requirements. Check out the article below for the complete list:


QuickBooks Desktop system requirements 


Also, both subscriptions should have the same year version to successfully convert your file. You'll want to temporarily download a free trial link for QuickBooks Desktop 2019 prior to the conversion. Here's how:

  1. Download QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2019 30-day trial.
  2. License number: 0421-9621-3866-298
  3. Product number: 388-187

After setting things up, follow the steps in this article to upgrade your QuickBooks 2008 to 2019:


Upgrade or convert your company file to a new QuickBooks Desktop version 


Once done, you can proceed to converting your Windows company file to a Mac file:

  1. Start with Updating QuickBooks Desktop for Windows to the latest release.
  2. Open the company file in QuickBooks Desktop for Windows.
  3. Re-sort lists.
  4. Then, Rebuild and Verify your company file data.
  5. Go to the File menu, then select Utilities and choose Copy Company File for QuickBooks Desktop for Mac.
  6. Save the file in your desired location. This creates a file with the extension MAC.qbb.
  7. Send the copy to the Mac computer using your preferred method, such as a DVD, external hard drive, flash drive, FTP web site.

Then, restore the file using QuickBooks Desktop for Mac:


  1. In the No Company Open window, click on Browse and locate the file you want to restore.
  2. If your QuickBooks Windows file is on an external drive, save it locally by dragging it to the desired location before restoring it to avoid data corruption.
  3. QuickBooks will ask if you want to restore a QuickBooks Desktop for Windows file, just select OK.
  4. Enter a name for the restored file and then choose Save.

To learn more about converting your Windows company file to a Mac file, you can refer to this article: 

Convert a QuickBooks Mac file to QuickBooks Windows and back again


I've also added a PDF copy of the User Guide for QuickBooks Desktop Mac 2019:


QuickBooks Desktop for Mac 2019 User’s Guide


You should now be able to use your new QuickBooks Mac 2019 with the company file you need! 


Don't hesitate to get back to me if you have questions with the process. I'm only a comment away! 

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