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Download process

Hi there

I downloaded everything, how do I get it updated on my desktop from the 2016?



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QuickBooks Team

Re: Download process

A warm welcome to the Community, daveseifert2019.

I'm here to lend a helping hand in updating your QuickBooks Desktop. Let's get started.


Before installing and using QuickBooks Desktop, it is important to know the necessary system requirements. This will ensure that QuickBooks is compatible with your desktop to avoid problems when you start using the program.


Since you're already done with the downloading process, the following steps will help install your QuickBooks Desktop:


  1. Select the QuickBooks executable file for installation.
  2. Select Yes to All. Select Next.
  3. Agree to the Software License Agreement, then select Next.
  4. Enter your License and Product numbers, then select Next.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Choose a new install location or select Next to install to the default directory.
  8. Select Install.
  9. Select Open QuickBooks to get started.
  10. Activate QuickBooks and you're all set.

After downloading and installing QuickBooks, you can create a backup copy of your company file and restore it.


Back up your company file:


  1. Select File, and select Switch to Single-user Mode.
  2. From the File menu, select Backup Company, and select Create Local Backup.
  3. In the Create Backup dialog, select Local Backup.
  4. Select Options to open the Backup Options dialog.
  5. In the Tell us where to save your backup copies field, select Browse and select the location in which to save the backup copy.
  6. (Optional) Specify whether to add the date and time of the backup to the file name to make it easier to identify a specific backup file, and whether to set a limit on the number of backup copies to save to the folder you specified to save hard drive space.
  7. In the Online and Local Backup section, optionally select the Remind me to back up when I close my company file option to set a frequency for backup reminders.
  8. Select one of the verification options to verify the data you save and alert you to any data corruption. Select OK.
  9. In the Create Backup window, specify whether to back up automatically, and select Options to set options for automatic backups.
  10. Select Finish.

You can check out this recommended article to restore the company file: Restore a backup of your company file.


The following articles are good references as well:


Don't hesitate if you need more help with updating your QuickBooks. I'm always here to help.