cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Highlighted
Experienced Member

How to upgrade Company File from Older Version?

I am trying to update my QuickBooks Pro 2006 to QuickBooks Desktop Pro 2019. I tried exporting the data as a .qbb file and .qbm file; however, I have been unable to successfully transfer the data. I am aware that there is a differences in the way the data is represented in each of the versions. Is there any way I can export the current data from my older version to the newly purchased version?

4 Comments
Established Community Backer ***

Re: How to upgrade Company File from Older Version?

Yes you can update but 2006 to 2019 is too big a jump to make it once - it will have to be done in steps.

The 2013 version might be a suitable mid-step, if you can find someone using it.

Alternately i'm sure you can pay Intuit to do it for you. 

Established Community Backer ***

Re: How to upgrade Company File from Older Version?

QB 2007, released in late 2006, changed the data base from flat tables to a Relational database. QB 2013 was another significant year for Reprogramming.

 

Intuit has a 3-year lifecycle. You would need to go, at a minimum:

2006-2009-2013-2016-2019 And Rebuild the file in between.

 

Or, you give the file to Intuit to Update for you.

 

And the Backup, or .qbb file, is something you would be making after every work session and keeping on a USB or in the Cloud, a Safe place, so that if the computer dies of the program crashes, you still have the Backup file to use for disaster recovery. Set the program to "rotate" = keep only 3 or 5 and when you make the Next Backup, it offers to delete that Oldest for you.

Experienced Member

Re: How to upgrade Company File from Older Version?

I have a 2012 version database. I want to go to 2019. Will I have a problem??

 

QuickBooks Team

Re: How to upgrade Company File from Older Version?

Hello there, @kennaas.

 

There will be no problem in upgrading your QuickBooks Desktop 2012 to 2019 version. I'd be glad to walk you through the steps on how to upgrade.

 

First off, we'll need to create a backup file to make sure that the data will be saved before upgrading. To get started, let's perform the following steps to back up your company file: 

 

  1. Go to the File menu, choose Back Up Company, then select Create Local Backup.
  2. Select Local Backup.
  3. Click Options.
  4. In the Tell us where to save your backup copies field, select Browse and select the location in which to save the backup copy.
  5. Hit OK.
  6. In the Create Backup window, specify whether to back up automatically, and select Options to set options for automatic backups.
  7. Select New to set a backup schedule in the Schedule Backups dialog.
  8. Click Finish.

I've got you an article for your reference: Create a Backup of your Company File.

 

Once done, you can now upgrade your QuickBooks Desktop 2012 to 2019 version. For your reference, you can check out this article for the detailed steps and information: Upgrade to a New QuickBooks Desktop Version.

 

In case you need tips and related articles in the future, visit our QuickBooks Community help website for reference: QBDT Self-help

 

Feel free to go back to this thread if you have more questions. The Community team is here to help you move forward.